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.
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 !!”