How I'm going to do it
The first part of the route will be toughest. There will be Russian border controls as well as those Russian traffic jams you have seen on the Internet. I have ridden across Siberia before, so I know the challenges that this part of the world can throw up along the way. This should also make things a little more straightforward!
The second part of August is usually the rainy season in Siberia, and more often than not, it’s impossible to go without a day without getting soaked. That said, Siberia’s weather is often unpredictable. During the summer, it can be 40°C during the day and well into the minuses during the night. I know one explorer was travelling through Siberia during the middle of July, and ended up knee-deep in snow. I believe that tricky weather can give new experiences. Even though they are much more risky, I enjoy navigating them.
The first part of the journey is between Druskininkai and Vladivostok. From there I will fly to Los Angeles. This will be logistically difficult, because a person taking a flight is one thing. However, taking a motorbike is something else because it is considered a dangerous item that cannot be normally transported with a regular aircraft. This takes a lot of time and given I plan to cover 20.000 kilometers in 40 days, time is not much of a luxury that I have!
After leaving Los Angeles, I will ride along the legendary Route 66 to Chicago where I hope to meet some of the local Lithuanian community, which includes some locals from Druskininkai. Overall, I will pass through a number of states and finish in New York from where I will then fly to London. Given there are plenty of Lithuanians in the British capital, I hope to meet some more new people there too. This part of leaving the United States is also another challenge, because the motorcycle will have to keep up with me. After London I will ride back to Druskininkai which after everything, will be a couple of very long days.
My journey will end on September 27 in Druskininkai, so if you are in Russia, the U.S. or the United Kingdom and wish to be part of my trip Around The World in 40 Days, send me a message and let’s meet!