It would be very romantic to just pick up and go but a little planning goes a long way. This is the plan! You ready? Ok!The project is divided into phases, the first being North America.Phase one was completed in the summer of 2011. The plan was to take no more than three months to roam around the continent, and be back a few weeks before the fall semester began to prepare. Departing on May the 5th, in the honor of the anniversary of a great man, the journey took me 20 thousand miles through the US, Mexico and Canada on an unforgettable journey of discovery and experiences.

I first headed indirectly south from Detroit through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains towards the Floridian peninsula. There I reunited with friends I haven’t seen in years after which I continued west following the gulf coast through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. In Austin Texas new friends were my hosts for almost a week and as hard as it was to leave Austin I continued west through the lonely deserts of western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. In Phoenix I stayed with my lovely amigocha whom I met in Germany years before, and here is where I caught up on some repairs to the bike and the camera. Once all was finished I headed straight to San Diego, finally reaching the Pacific in late June. I had the opportunity to see a little bit of Mexico as well but more on that in phase three of the project – Latin America.

It took me a few weeks to explore beautiful California, from Laguna Beach, to LA, to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, where the motorcycle decided to die mid ride. But good fortune was on my side and a fate sent a wonderful person to my desperately needed aid. So out of a seemingly impossible predicament a wonderful experience and a new friendship came about. With the engine roaring again, up the magnificent Big Sur through the Redwoods on to wonderful Oregon and Washington I continued. In Seattle a wonderful strnager wa smy host where I took a week to catch up on rest and instal new brakes and tires, also taking the opportunity to visit famed Vancouver in Canada.

Then I headed east through the rugged trails of Idaho and wide-open plains of Montana, through the titanic Tetons and mystical Yellowstone towards Salt Lake City where I paid a visit to a brave brother of a stranger I met in California, fighting a rare form of Leukemia. Riding through sublime Moab Utah and the red, lonely, Canyonlands one feels as if he has landed on a different planet. Heading south through the epic Valley of the Gods, I spent an unforgettably difficult night in Monument Valley and then the northern rim of Grand Canyon, both very spiritual and unforgettable experiences. Zion national park and Bryce Canyon followed, then through Las Vegas, with a dangerously-depreciated chain threatening to leave me in the 107% weather of a town called “Nothing” AZ back down to Phoenix I succeeded where a beautiful little thing awaited for my return.

After a few unforgettable days in Phoenix, on to Santa Fe I continued, dodging some of the most intimidating lightning and fighting through the strongest rains I have ever experienced. My journey then led me north through beautiful Colorado and unto Wyoming again where more open country awaited. I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world so north to Sturgis South Dakota I went riding with half of a million other bikers that make the pilgrimage each year. From there I continued south again to peaceful Nebraska where I met more incredible “strangers” that welcomed me as if I were family. A few days later I was in Chicago. The North American phase of the Project concluded in late August, almost a month longer then planned. You can follow this amazing journey from the very beginning on the Journal page above.

 

Next phases are largely dependent on sponsorship but the plan is to visit Europe in the spring/summer of 2012 followed by Latin America in 2013-2014. The Pegasus Project is more than simply a vacation. It is an attempt to document an amazing adventure unlike any other, it is an attempt to educate and acquaint others with certain geographic areas, bringing the reader closer to nature and different peoples and cultures, it is also a social experiment as well as a gear and equipment review. It is one man’s dream come true that welcomes the participation of everyone. And most importantly, it is an attempt to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society to help find a cure.

 

The Pegasus Project is a dream of one man but a dream shared by countless others who never had the same opportunity. Help keep the dream alive by following and supporting the Project and help spread the word.

 

Cheers,

Nik