in front of the Capitol, Washington DC, USA
Dutch adventurer Sjaak Lucassen, 44, born in Maa-shees in
the Netherlands, started his amazing journey around the world on a Yamaha
motorcycle. He left immedi ately after a bike show at Utrecht in March 2001.
World travel on a road bike seems to come into fashion, but Sjaak is a very
After finishing his education, Sjaak worked as a
|horticulturist in his native country, but soon he wanted to discover the
world. He first went to Australia with his first motorcycle and liked it
there very much touring around. Then he sent his motorcycle home and
explored Indonesia as a backpacker.
through the mud in civil war torn Congo, Africa
This was in 1993. Sudden-ly missing his motorcycle badly,
he decided to do a once in a lifetime bike trip around the world that lasted
for three years. In the meantime, he got addicted to this kind of travel and
became a successful writer and photographer. In 2001, Sjaak found some
sponsors to allow him to plan his second trip around the world.
Traveling without a rigid time frame and letting destiny
dictate his road map, he finally arrived at Chiang Mai on January 12, 2006.
He was staying in the Crossroads Caf้ and Guest-house, where another
Dutch motorcycle enthusiast, Hans Deckers, 39, has opened a travel business
and organizes tours around Northern Thailand. Through this connection, Sjaak
came to Chiang Mai.
Sjaak had ridden down from the Netherlands into Spain,
crossed over to Morocco in Africa and through the annexed Western Sahara.
Then he followed the western coast of Africa to make excursions inland where
he liked and ended up in the civil war striken Congo. From there, he went to
Zambia and crossed the whole of Southern Africa down to Durban to then ship
his motorcycle to South America.
Arriving safely in Buenos Aires in Argentina, Sjaak
toured around one and a half years in South America to marvel at 9,000 year
old cave paintings in Patagonia and the Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru.
Then, he rode to Central America and into North America, where he explored
the Mayan ruins in Mexico, heading all the way up to Alaska. From there, he
flew with a little plane to Magadan in Russia, where
he received his motorcycle on the baggage belt like a suitcase.
From Russia, Sjaak went into Mongolia and China to make
the impossible possible by importing his motorcycle across the border into
China. He visited the cities of Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Kunming.
the adventure ‘virus’ in your blood to even start a tour like that
From Kunming in Yunnan, Sjaak followed the partly muddy
and slippery highway down to the China-Laos border to reach the former royal
city of Luang Prabang and the Lao capital of Vien-tiane. From there, he
planned to drive further south to Cambodia, but could not do it because of
some deep cracks in the aluminum motorcycle frame, which was difficult to
So Sjaak decided to come to Thailand quickly, crossed the Friendship
Bridge to Nong Khai and followed the mighty Mekong River up to Chiang Khan
in Loei Province. Passing Phitsanulok, he finally made it into Chiang Mai to
relax and prepare for his ongoing travel adventures to come. He wants to see
Cambodia and definitely Nepal, before he will return back to the Netherlands
in 2006. After 225,000 km over five continents, may he be lucky in all his
future endeavors! For further information, please see the web site
of the highest mountain pass in Argentina at 4895 meters