With this primary put up we introduce our new correspondent on the West Coast.
Sure, it’s one other Dutchman who has determined to discover the world past the dikes surrounding the Netherlands. A short time in the past we offered Daan Staffhorst, who’s residing on the East Coast, with a primary report on his Alaskan journey.
Being bitten by the motorbike bug in Asia, our new reporter Koen Theeuwes turned stressed, paused his profession and moved to the US.
Presently residing in California, he has bought plans to go South following the Pan American Freeway.
We go away it as much as him to introduce himself and his motivation for his journey.
About Koen Theeuwes
Let me begin with a brief introduction about myself, earlier than we get to the essential matters.
My identify is Koen, a typical Dutch identify, (I assume my mother and father by no means meant for me to go overseas) however nonetheless, because it means ‘courageous’ it’s a identify I put on with satisfaction. I used to be born and raised within the Netherlands. I studied Enterprise and Finance, which I nonetheless love, however round 10 years in the past I found my best curiosity: individuals and their completely different cultures.
Just one factor lets you expertise individuals and their cultures to its fullest; travelling. So that is what I made a decision to do. Now you might suppose to your self: ‘I’m on a bloody motorbike weblog, what do I care about this man loving individuals, I would like the scent of gasoline and roaring engines’. Good thought, preserve it, we’ll get there in a sec.
How was this dream born?
Throughout my research in Rotterdam, I did an alternate in Istanbul and an internship in Nigeria.
That fueled my ‘wanderlust’ (horrible time period, I agree) much more. So earlier than beginning work within the Consulting sector, I traveled South-East Asia for six months and lived the life. That is the place my love for 2 wheels started. After renting all motorbikes in Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia I made it to Vietnam.
My Asian bikes
For $ 250 I purchased a Chinese language rip-off model of a Honda Win. At least 110 ccs of pure energy and wonder (..). Who wants a licence, insurance coverage or classes? Not me!
I rode it from Ho Chi Minh down the Mekong Delta and again up all the way in which to Hanoi. After these 4000 km / 2500 miles I used to be hooked.
The motorcycle was going to be my technique of transport to discover the world.
Again in Holland
In hindsight using Vietnam with none preparation in fact was quite irresponsible (sorry mother, we’ll discuss this later). So coming again dwelling I got here to my senses and determined to really get a licence. After all I bought a motorcycle as effectively. My second love was a customized Kawasaki CSR 305. It wasn’t quick, nevertheless it seemed wonderful and sounded even higher.
Whereas using in Vietnam I promised myself I’d make a giant journey on a bike, earlier than I turned 30. After I discovered in regards to the Pan-American Freeway I immediately knew this was going to be the subsequent one up.
Discovering the appropriate second
However as with most goals, common life type of bought in the way in which. My profession was going effectively and I actually loved what I did (after Consulting I labored for Kraft Heinz, who doesn’t prefer to promote Ketchup?). Nonetheless, the itch for an journey journey stored creeping up.
However when is the appropriate time? One factor I discovered: there may be by no means a very good time. You simply need to go for it. I fortunately did handle to discover a slot that was much less ‘dangerous’ than others. The precise planning began in February (2021), I knowledgeable my employer in April I wanted a 12 months off and selected leaving in September.
I used to be lastly going to do it! Possibly not end earlier than turning 30, however beginning it, for positive!
In every day life I’m very organized, however when touring I prefer to go with no plan as a lot as doable.
There have been just a few issues that required my consideration:
1. COVID – wanted to attend for vaccinations, therefore my go away date in September. In any other case I’d have began in Alaska in July
2. Route – I needed to ensure it was really doable to trip my bike all the way in which. Seems, it’s not. However there’s options
3. Motorcycle – was I capable of legally trip a bike in all of the nations on my route? With an American automobile, sure. Any Latin / South American automobile was most likely going to lift questions of border officers in some unspecified time in the future. This thus additionally concluded my beginning nation
4. Start line – I’ve a very good buddy in Vancouver (Washington state, simply North of Portland) who rides bikes as effectively. Figured it will be useful to start out someplace the place I had a ‘information’
5. Different ‘trivia’ – insurance coverage, vaccinations, baggage, visas, different paperwork, and many others. Won’t go into the boring particulars right here, however please discover my contact particulars under when you have any questions.
In my subsequent weblog I’ll write about my arrival within the US and all of the hoops I needed to soar by means of to really begin using. Sneak preview: it was successful, see my monster under. Keep tuned!
By well-liked demand.. 🙂 ..I began utilizing Instagram.
Please be at liberty to comply with @koentheeuwes
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