How would you sum up this trip so far, and how far do you have left to go?
It’s been tough. So far, I’ve done fourteen countries (Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia) and 18,800 kilometres on my scooter. I still have around 9,000 more to go. Next I’m crossing to San Diego, where my second Vespa is awaiting me. This one stays here and after I cross the US, I will travel to Spain where I have my third scooter waiting for me to arrive in Madrid.
What’s been the biggest challenge of this epic trip so far?
The roads and other road users have been the hardest, especially in Russia. There are holes in the road that could swallow my entire scooter, and some drivers also make some silly and potentially lethal manoeuvres. Every day on the road in Russia, I feared for my life several times a day. In Kazakhstan it was the heat that was especially hard. 46°C is just too much.