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September 3rd, 2013 | Africa

Place-marks on the Planet…

I have begun what feels like a mammoth task of tidying up my website and completing the many posts I never got around to writing. I have no idea how long this will take me, but will persevere until it is done to my satisfaction…

To this end I have finally placed all the “balloons” on the Google Map I used to let people know where I was at any given time. After zooming out until the entire world map filled the screen of my laptop, I was able to sit back and stare in wonder at the 580 place-marks I had put there… Each place-mark represents a town or place that I spent at least a night in.

Placemarks on the Planet... 103 countries on six continents... How the hell did I manage it...??

Place-marks on the Planet…

As you can imagine, I am grinning from ear to ear !!

It took the Big Fella and I, 36 months to visit 103 countries on six continents. We covered 168 000 km by road, 4 500 km by boat, and 42 500 km by air, for a total of 215 000 km all told. I never counted the many flight I made to visit Patricia, as part of my journey, only those that physically took me onto the next leg of my ride. For the record, I covered 136 000 km by air, between September 2011 and October 2012, to visit the woman who was to become my wife !! Clearly my persistence paid off !!

I will in due course, publish the many statistics of my journey, which I have been asked to do by many of you who have spent the last three years following my exploits, and (mis)adventures as I circumnavigated the world.

Looking at the map above, and in my mind’s eye seeing myself aboard the Big Fella in hundreds of special places around the world, I am able to hold my head high, and proudly say,

“This thing we have done !!”

©GBWT 2013

9 comments to Place-marks on the Planet…

  • Carnivore

    Yup… absolutely a thoroughly good achievement! Some people know Chuck Norris… I know Ronnie Borrageiro!

  • Doug McIllwain

    Wow. Most impressive. Would make a nice tattoo. 🙂

  • MiMi

    WoW!!! You did do it indeed! You must be so pleased to see this all laid out in balloon fashion! XO

  • Meerkat

    Hi Ronnie
    Welcome back, maybe you should come to the GS Eco in East London from the 16-21 October and give us an insight of your tour around the world and your experience


  • Seamus

    Hey Ronnie…An achievement of note….you missed out on the most important place on the planet though…IRELAND:-)…

  • Mark Behr

    William Blake wisely said : “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”
    You have met and conquered the mountain and along the way, had a great time.

    So glad that the Gypsy Rider World Tour has concluded in a happier space and time in your life – be happy and enjoy the great things that God has in store for you and your lovely Patricia.

  • Trevor Hayes

    Congratulations Ronnie! Amazing stuff. No better proof required that “if you can dream it, you can do it”.

    Look forward to meeting you in person one day.

  • Michel

    For sure an enormous achievement!

    However there are some green areas to the right of your map. Get ready for a short ride in 2015.

    We will leave in June!

  • Kim

    And you made it possible for all of us to live through your reflections!!!!!
    Welcome home and thank you!!!!
    As always, BIG kisses

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