Virtually 5 years on the street: Anna Grechishkina & her travelling dream
Geared up with a KTM 1190 ADVENTURE and the burning want to journey, Ukrainian Anna Grechishkina set out on a journey. She is now nearly breaking data and is sort of 5 years within the saddle. That is her story …
The concept to set out on this large journey got here as a shock to me. I imply I at all times favored to journey principally by bus or prepare with my father once I was slightly woman however it was no main dream for me. I bear in mind I loved ‘going’ fairly than ‘arriving’. I believe that the eagerness for it began there … however I by no means thought that I’d have the ability to journey the world on the motorbike!
Really, I’d have been very shocked if any person advised me that I’d be using a bike in any respect. No person in my household did, I didn’t have any rider pals. So no person impressed or pushed me: it got here simply as a dream within the evening and finally became actuality.
I purchased my first bike in 2005 earlier than I had even discovered to experience correctly. It was a small Kawasaki Eliminator 125, which was adopted the following 12 months by the larger Kawasaki Vulcan 900. With the 900 I travelled so much and explored many nations across the Ukraine, in Japanese Europe and the Center East. With every journey I needed to go additional and for longer. It grew to become like an habit and I used to be looking for any tiny chance to get on my bike and simply go.
My touring was at all times restricted by trip time. Like most individuals, once I had to return house to work I used to be pressured and discouraged! I began to search for the methods to vary that. Sooner or later a fleeting concept got here into my thoughts – why to not give up my job and go world wide on a motorcycle? At first I simply pushed this concept away as one thing loopy and unimaginable. However I couldn’t eliminate it. The extra I considered it, the extra I cherished it. Deep inside I knew it was precisely what I needed. And if I didn’t attempt then I’d by no means have peace of thoughts.
I chanced my luck and I examined my persistence and, right here I’m, having been on the street ever since for 4 and a half years. I’ve lined the world and with no intention to cease but.
The scope …
I began an internet site to chronicle the whole lot: I’ve a dream journey
Little did I do know that my journey would finally deliver me into touching distance of the Guinness E-book of Data for the longest, solo round-the-world journey by a feminine. The preliminary concept was to cross all of the continents and as many nations as attainable. By now nearly all have been ticked-off, solely Europe – which is my a part of the world – is left. Asia, Australia, North America, South America, Africa have been lined, and I’ve simply arrived in Europe from Egypt and shipped my bike by air.
My journey has not solely been about using and devouring kilometers. It has been way more, and that’s why it took me longer to cowl the supposed distance. I’ve explored the life round me, assembly and speaking to folks, listening to their tales, inspiring and being impressed by them, encouraging and being inspired.
I referred to as my journey ‘I’ve a dream’: the phrases of Martin Luther King’s well-known speech. I consider that each one our desires can come true with sufficient motivation and persistence. My fundamental initiative and mission from this journey was to assist as many individuals as attainable to take their desires extra severely. With that in thoughts I at all times tried to go to faculties, faculties, orphanages and different locations to fulfill youngsters and, generally, any teams of individuals prepared to hear and to share my story with them, a message of the dream. I didn’t need simply to roam round and revel in myself, I needed to unfold the information that it’s really attainable to comply with one’s coronary heart and one’s desires. If I can do it, with all my fears and doubts, then you are able to do it as properly and even higher.
I began my journey with an absence of expertise and funds and with many gaps in preparation and uncertainty. The street has been educating and coaching me on daily basis since then: I’m a special particular person from what I’ve been earlier than.
The using and experiences …
After I was planning my journey, I visualized solely two years on the street. It nonetheless appeared to be an enormous time and distance for me. After some time it was clear that I’d not have the ability to cowl the world in that interval. The world turned out to be extraordinarily fascinating and I didn’t wish to be in a rush. Since I began my journey, I used to be on a really low funds and I at all times needed to search for methods to proceed, and it took time. I used to be fortunate to fulfill superb folks on my manner whom I didn’t wish to go away.
Loads of issues, together with my expectations, modified since I began. To start with, it was only a venture of touring, overlaying a sure distance inside a restricted time frame and coming again to my nation. Now this isn’t a venture any extra, that is my life-style, my routine, which I really like and wouldn’t change for something. With out exaggerating, I’d say that that is the happiest a part of my life.
However I might be trustworthy and say that touring on the bike for thus lengthy will not be at all times straightforward and gratifying, typically it’s a problem each bodily and emotionally. The bodily half is comprehensible. Being at all times on the transfer requires energy and endurance, and typically I really feel that it’s an excessive amount of for me. However emotionally sometimes it hurts much more. It’s good to see new locations and meet new folks nearly on daily basis, however sooner or later you begin to miss a way of stability, of coming again to the identical place, of sharing issues with folks, some form of historical past, with out having to repeat over-and-over similar issues about myself.
Loneliness strikes as properly. Although I meet many individuals on the street, I’ve to go away them behind, and plenty of occasions it’s coronary heart breaking and brings tears to my eyes. Realizing that I would by no means see them once more turns into a burden, which turns into heavier each time I’ve to say one other goodbye.
In addition to the enjoyable and hardships the street is my greatest schooling and typically I really feel that I’ve lived many lives whereas touring, one thing I’d by no means have gained via college or diploma. I’ve discovered to know different folks, be extra versatile and tolerant and to give attention to similarities fairly variations. I discovered additionally that each tiny and invisible deed of kindness issues and it’s our accountability to not miss an opportunity to make a distinction.
The report …
I didn’t put it as a precedence for the journey and, after all, I didn’t even give it some thought originally. As I stated earlier than, I had solely two years on the street in thoughts and a way more modest mileage on the odometer of the bike!
Over time all of the plans and the entire imaginative and prescient of the journey modified. No extra schedules and time frames, simply open dates residing on the street and accepting the whole lot that got here my manner.
If, sooner or later whereas using and having fun with this nomad life, any measurable accomplishments come my manner, then why not go for it? I might be glad to have the report and I’ll make an effort however my greatest incentive for this journey will not be distinctions or successful competitions however to discover the world, myself, new folks and to be taught from I uncover.
The bike …
My bike, a 2013 KTM 1190 ADVENTURE, has been with me because the starting and is my first ADVENTURE motorbike. After I began to organize for my journey, I didn’t have a KTM in thoughts and I didn’t know a lot concerning the model. KTM got here as a shock, and now I perceive that it was an ideal selection. I used to be a bit cautious concerning the ADVENTURE at first. The dimensions and weight was intimidating. My earlier bikes have been lighter and with a decrease middle of gravity. However, I made my selection and I’ve by no means regretted it. The bike proved to be a dependable, straightforward to deal with and a cushty companion.
In fact, I attempted to go to and say hi there to all KTM sellers within the nations and continents on my manner. They at all times checked the bike’s efficiency and did common upkeep with substitute of wanted elements. I don’t bear in mind any critical technical points; all of the replacements have been as a result of correct mileage and scheduled upkeep.
My journey will not be completed but, and maybe, removed from being completed. I actually wish to proceed with the identical bike and I do really feel that it nonetheless has plenty of potential. Furthermore, it grew to become way more than a motorcycle for me. It’s my buddy, my house, my very own ‘rock’; it’s extra of a persona than only a car. I really feel comfy with it and I hope that we nonetheless have many extra secure and gratifying kilometers collectively.
Anna visited the KTM manufacturing unit on the finish of January as a part of her epic path and took half in a workshop the place employees reviewed the KTM 1190 ADVENTURE that had clocked over 130,000 km. She spoke to engineers that checked over the machine and gave their opinion on the wear and tear and the mileage. See what occurred when Anna got here to Mattighofen and what the bike’s technical crew and R&D considered the lifespan of the KTM 1190 ADVENTURE.
To learn all about Anna’s experiences and exploits then go to her web site.
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