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Nomad's World Ride Photo Gallery
John Nomad and his wife Carmen tackling the first part of their round the world ride in Zambia.
John Nomad and his wife Carmen take on a round the world ride to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged and orphaned children in Africa. See photos from their journey in the Nomad's World Ride photo gallery.
John and Carmen are riding to raise awareness and funds for the Nomad Sports Academy, which will help underprivileged and orphaned children in Africa.
Beautiful scenes lurk around every corner in Africa.
For most of the last 20 years John and Carmen have lived, traveled, worked and explored Africa.
Roads could be difficult and treacherous at times.
The gas attendant at the station that took our photo shook his head in disbelief when he heard we are going for 18 months on our bike. He wouldn’t be the last skeptic to do that.
A common sight in Africa.
We enjoyed a beautiful camp, a great dinner cooked on our camp stove and the friendliness of the owner in Fringilla.
Soccor pitches will be just one of many features of the John Nomad Sports Academy.
It is the potential that lies undiscovered and the tragedy that has been misunderstood and misused so many times that make me ride my bike around the world and convince me that there is hope in saving Africa still.
Sunset in Africa.
We obtained 40 hectares of land on a 99-year lease, 6 km (3.7 miles) from the Victoria Falls for the Sports Academy, where we are surrounded by traditional local villages and lots of children including orphans.
More wildlife in Africa.
Opportunities for quiet reflection are never in short supply.
The scenery in Africa is breathtaking.
Many roads are entirely undeveloped and take patience to traverse.
Carmen posing during a stop while riding through Zambia.
Providing a safe haven for children in Zambia is John and Carmen's mission.
Sights seen from the passenger seat.
Night falls in Africa.
Getting the "thumbs up" from some locals.
The road ahead takes John and Carmen to Tanzania and Kenya.
A sharp canyon before Mikumi village and National Park is narrow and drops sharply to the valley below. Turned-over trucks line the banks, making the road even narrower.
On the road to Tanzania.
Entering Mikumi National Park.
Chinese bikes have flooded the market and become the main mode of transport for locals in parts of Tanzania.
More riders in Tanzania.
Weaving through bumper-to-bumper traffic is tricky business on a fully-loaded Tenere.
Vendors lined the streets selling everything imaginable.
Camping at the Travelers Lodge, a German-owned resort with camping facilities was pleasant.
It was too hot to enjoy the ocean, which felt like it was boiling.
David Livingstone started his famous inland expeditions in Bagamoyo.
You think you're overloaded?
Smaller bikes had no trouble weaving through the dense traffic.
Narrow roads are very common.
From Bagomoyo we headed north towards Tanga and then Moshi and Arusha, by Kilimanjaro.
More beautiful African landscape.
The Maasai people were excited every time they saw John and Carmen, and children would often run after them.
Getting some respite from the heat.
Nomad's World Ride in Tanzania and Kenya.
Once in Morocco, one of the first stops was at the Tangier Medina.
Spices and fabrics and just about anything you'd need is at the Medina.
Another stunning shot of the Tangier Medina.
The Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world.
A closer look at the detail of the Hassan II Mosque.
The Hassan II Mosque is one of the sights worth seeing while in Casablanca.
A look at Jemmaa el-Fnaa square.
The raging sea on the coast of Morocco.
Arriving in Morocco.
The breathtaking Ouzoud Falls.
This village in the Atlas Mountains was a paradise.
Plenty of camping while in Morocco.
This was a very peaceful place to set up camp while in Morocco.
Crossing the Atlas Mountains on this lonely, winding road was a pleasure.
Traveling through the Atlas Mountains.
The Dades Valley offered some beautiful sights.
Camping with local Berbers allows for a full experience of the Sahara.
Peace and joy in Morocco.
Traveling through the tight streets in Morocco.
Venturing out on camels to see the Sahara.
The wide road ahead.
Travelling through Morocco.
I entered Norway from the south, in the beginning of May; some say it was the perfect time for the southern Fjords, and very wrong time for reaching Nordkapp.
Once past Oslo, I headed to Hardangerfjord, a popular destination for cruise ships.
It is hard to concentrate on the road when you are surrounded by so much beauty.
Long tunnels dig into the belly of the mountains.
Blooming cherry and apple trees were abundant.
Hardangerfjiord has lakes that mirror perfectly the mountains above and rivers so green in color you think someone has Photoshopped them.
Early on the road to Nordkapp.
I crossed 16 mountain passes, with the highest at 7200 feet on the way to Nordkapp.
From Hardangerfjord I rode through massive mountain chains to Geirangerfjord.
I was expecting to see the giant Trolls appearing at any moment from around the corner.
The Geiranger village is small but is home to hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Waterfront shops in Norway.
The cathedral in Trondheim.
Getting closer to the Arctic Circle and things start to get cold fast.
Scandinavia has a system called Right of Access, where you can camp in any place that is not private property or cultivated and make use of the local resources free of charge.
From Narvik, the landscape changes dramatically to a real Arctic environment: Round-top mountains, lots of snow and desolate places.
Villages are fewer and farther in between. Even the smell of the air is different.
I look up and down the road... no one in sight. The wind is blowing hard, adding to my stress by the noise it creates in my helmet. I breathe deeply to calm down and try to figure out a way to get out of this mess.
I climb down from the bike to take a photo but the wind is so strong I cannot move away from the bike.
It is 5 a.m., and 1 degree Celsius outside with 45 mph winds. I am packing fast, so I don’t freeze before I even start the day.
Beautiful scenery in Norway.
Make sure to meet Santa!
Exploring the waterways in Finland.
Exploring around Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia.
Setting up camp before heading into Russia.
Some of the interesting sights on the way to Russia.
Architecture in Russia was impressive, especially the size of some of the less-spectacular buildings.
Stopping along the way through the Baltics.
Catching an unforeseen celebration on the way to Russia.
Peaceful times before dealing with horrendous border guards on the way to Russia.
Travelling through Estonia.
A little rustic charm in the Baltics.
Another architectural gem.
Nomad's World Ride through the Baltics and into Russia.
St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.
The State Historical Museum in Moscow.
Roaming around Moscow.
Kazan Cathedral, Moscow.
Night shot with the Kazan Cathedral, State Historical Museum and St. Nicholas Tower in Moscow.
Shopping center near Red Square.
Injury sustained after getting pushed off the road on the way to Moscow.
Entrance to Lenin's Tomb.
Statue of Karl Marx.
More of Red Square.
The large GUM department store in Moscow.
Peaceful sight on the way to Moscow before the rain.
Some new friends at the Fabrika hotel.
Beautiful sights in Kazan.
The Kazan Theatre.
The Palace of Farmers in Kazan.
Tim and Polina, helpful friends in Ufa.
During the re-enactment of the 1942 battle between Germany and Russia.
A great looking machine!
Monument to Salavat Yulaev in Ufa.
Cathedral in Nizhniy Novgorod.
Andrey, a new friend from Chelyanbinsk.
American diner in Chelyabinsk called Pretty Betty.
Another from Pretty Betty.
Andrey and his Honda Shadow.
Al Pacino store.
More from Omsk.
Crew from Omsk Yamaha.
Ivan, a new friend in Novosibirsk.
A sample of Ivan's collection of bikes.
Ivan and Vasilitsa in Krasnoyarsk.
Krasnoyarsk at night.
Doris and Klaus Hoehle riding bicycles from Bavaria.
The beautiful city of Irkutsk.
Famous Omuli fish from Lake Baikal.
Natasha and Nikolai, biker friends from Irkutsk.
Welcome to the Trans Siberian train.
Inside Trans Siberian train.
View from the train.
View of the cabin.
Amenities on the train weren't ideal...
The Trans Siberian Highway.
Alexey and Kate in Khabarovsk.
Bike arriving a week late but in one piece.
On the road to Vanino.
Natalie's parent's place.
Natalie was a great help in getting to Sakhalin.
Loading the ferry.
Loading the ferry.
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