Hello and Welcome to

Andy Around the World

 

The Adventure is over. At approximately 0930 this morning in Almaty, the bike coughed into life and promptly burst into flames. By the time we had the fire out it is irrecoverable and so I've donated it to the local handyman.

The journey had been fantastic but in a way I'm glad it's over. It was going to be a long time away from my family and the Grandkids may forget who I am.

I am flying home with British Airways tomorrow (24th May) and should be back in Ivybridge at 10pm.

 
 

I was supporting Riders For Health during this adventure!

 
 
My name is Andrew (Andy) Lander Stow and in 2013 I will be going "Forever East" in my search for adventure. I will be leaving my home in Ivybridge on the 7th of May, and I will be travelling on my XT600E through...
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan - The trip ended here when the bike caught fire.
  • Mongolia
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Alaska and
  • Newfoundland
One of the reasons for the trip is to tie together, in one trip, the 6 Caribou Statues that commemorate the Newfoundland Regiment's heroic deeds during WW1.
 
I hope that you like my pages and will follow me through my adventure. If you like what you see, perhaps you would be kind enough to consider supporting the International Charity that I'm doing it in aid of? Please, please, please click on the "Who I support" link above.
 
Blurb about me....
 

Andy in Mongolia

I was born in early May 1952. I've been riding motorbikes since I was 16 and I see no reason to stop riding them yet.
I've always been adventurous and in my time I've been a teacher of canoeing, a half-marathon and full marathon runner, a very long distance cyclist (PBP 1999) and I've flown a micro-light and a glider. I've been able to indulge in many pastimes looking for something that was better than motorcycling but the bug for bikes still gnaws at my soul and so I keep riding....not wanting to reach my destination for "The ride is the destination!"
So onwards and....onwards I suppose? In 2010 I bought a, brand new, Ural Cross sidecar outfit. I did loads of alterations to it and then I went to Mongolia on it. I watched Charlie and Ewan make a 'dog's dinner' out of the Northern route of Mongolia so I decided to see how easy it was on a sidecar outfit. My story can be read at www.joatmoa.com and I think I did it justice.

I'm also a member of Mensa...which just goes to show how wrong they got it when they let me join.
I own 3 motorbikes at the moment...
  1. A Honda Valkyrie F6C - 1520cc, flat 6, 6 carbs, high lift cams, and as comfy as an armchair. I've had it since 2003 and I would struggle to let it go.
  2. A Yamaha TTR250 1998. My trusty green lane machine.
  3. The XT600E 2003. My Round the World bike of choice.

If you'd like to see some of the bikes I've owned then mosey on over to here and add to the list the following..
Yamaha Fazer 1000 Gen 1 BSA Bantam 1965 175cc
BSA Thunderbolt 1966 650cc
Suzuki GT380
Norton Commando 750 Mk3
Norton Commando 850 Mk1
Ural Cross sidecar outfit 2010 750cc

So you see, screwy about motorbikes!

 
Our Route through Asia
Our Route through Canada and Alaska
The map above is an indication of where I'm heading. It is only a rough guide as I cannot motorcycle on water and the route from Magadan to Anchorage is under scrutiny.

The pushpins are as follows...
1 Andy's House - Ivybridge - UK
2 Lands End - Cornwall
3 Dover - UK
4 Ypres - Belgium
5 Newfoundland Regiment Memorial at Beaumont Hamel
6 The European Ural Importer's
7 Hungary
8 Romania - TransAlpina Highway
9 Moldova
10 Ferry exit from Moldova
11 Volgograd - now visiting Elista in Kalmykia
12 The Aral Sea
13 Almaty - to see the Charyn Canyon and the Valley of Castles
14 Exit to Russia
15 Barnaul
16 Tsagaannuur - Mongolia
17 Ulaangom
18 Tsetserleg Town
19 Tsetserleg City
20 Ulaanbaatar
21 Ghengis Khan's Statue
22 Mongolia Exit at Ereentsav - 14/02/2013 now exiting through Suhbaatar to do the BAM Road!
23 Vitim Bridge
24 Tynda
25 Yakutsk
26 Kolyma Highway
27 Magadan and then back through 26 & 25 to
28 Zarubino, near Vladivostok
29 Sokcho - South Korea
30 Kimpo Airfield to fly bikes to Vancouver
31 Vancouver
32 Anchorage
33 Prudhoe Bay - then I will be utilising part of the TCAT (Trans Canadian Adventure Trail)
34 Quebec
35 Labrador City via the Trans-Labrador Highway to
36 Blanc Sablon and Ferry to
37 St Barbe, Newfoundland
38 Grand Falls Windsor
39 Bowring Park in St Johns

I've been invited into Kazakhstan so the route will change as the destinations become reachable.
One of the goals I have is to see the Caribou Statue in Bowring Park, St John's, Newfoundland. I've already visited Beaumont Hamel on the Somme - several times - and I'm intrigued by the dedication and loyalty shown during WW1 by the 'Newfies'. They became one of the most trusted and loyal regiments of the first World War.

Bowring Park Caribou Statue

Bowring Park, St John's, Newfoundland

Caribou Statue at the Newfoundland Regiment, Beaumont Hamel

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel, The Somme, France

 
I live in Ivybridge, Devon (that's in the UK) and I can be e-mailed
For those of you that use a Webmail service (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo etc) the e-mail address is andy[at]aatw2013[dot]com - replace the brackets with @ and .
Andrew E Lander Stow

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