Sherri Jo Update; Naked men everywhere

Sherri Jo Update; Naked men everywhere

Posted: Nov 13, 2010 09:07 am EST

"I walked around the city with my mouth wide open. I have been to Europe before, but I just totally forgot that people live this way. Especially after traveling through modest and quiet Siberia for so long, this place blew me away. And then I start noticing the city has quite a collection of naked men - everywhere!"

Death in the family

Sherri Jo Wilkins has gone through many life experiences since we last heard from her in Vladivostok. At that time, she was preparing for the long ride through Russia, trying to get to Europe before the arrival of the ice cold Russian winter. The trip through Siberia had up until than, been a high light of her life. Suddenly during the preparations to cross this vast continent, her family called and told her that her father had died back home.

"After a very long flight to Indiana, I was reunited with my family.. Hard to believe my Dad is no longer there, but if there is anything I know, he was there in spirit.", Sherri Jo writes on her very readable blog;"I was lucky to have the best Dad anyone could ask for. He started with nothing and built a very successful business.. he and Mom worked so hard every day merely to give so much to our family. And I enjoy an amazing life now because of all they gave me."


Two weeks later she returned to Russia and crossed into Mongolia for a short visit, mainly to be able to get another 3 months visa in Russia. Most of the times it was easy riding, but to be able to get a better understanding of the country, she took some dirt tracks:

"I made it through that crazy dirt track, nearly fell over how ever many times. 2 water crossings, no food wasnt going to do it, but I did and Im out!! I am so glad I didnt talk myself out of it. It was such a unique and beautiful place to ride through. And I am actually quite proud of myself!"

Train to Saint Petersburg

After returning back to Russia, she realizes that her visit back home to Indiana, has taken too much time of her planned schedule to get to Europe before winter. Therefore, after much deliberation, she decides to take a train through Russia to Saint Petersburg. A giant city which turns out to be a shock:

"Lord have Mercy!! What a large European looking city!! Culture shock!!" she writes on her blog.


Right now she is in Tallin, Estonia, getting ready to visit her sponsors in Finland. Reading Sherri Jo´s reports is a joy.She is very honest, entertaining and doesn´t try to make herself look better than she is. Rare in this world. And she is always eager to learn. She writes on her blog:

"As usual, I know little about this country.. and I learn that Estonia was Independent.. then occupied by Nazi Germany in 1941.. and then reoccupied by Soviet Union in 1944 until they regained their independence in 1991. Only a few years ago! So it was so fascinating to me to hear what life was like for these girls during Soviet occupation. One of my favorite stories was what it was like in school to go through bomb drills (we had tornado drills in Indiana). But the bomb drills included those scary gas masks. Young Maris was a rebel and sent to the office for not taking it seriously and laughing at everyone in gas masks."

Sherri Jo is born in Indianapolis in the east of the United States, Sherri grew up initially in Indianapolis with her family before moving to rural Indiana and attending a small country school. As the eldest of three children Sherri Jo went on to college, and eventually ended up working for her family business. But all the way through college and in her early working life there was a yearning for adventure that would not go away.

Sherri Jo wanted to travel the world and had to work out a way to do that. A strong believer in fate, one day she came across an opportunity to join a group of people heading out from Australia (that country across the other side of the daggone world!) to sail across to Tonga and the surrounding islands on a new custom built yacht.

This seemed like an opportunity for the adventure travel she had been yearning for so she applied, got accepted and much to her familys dismay at seeing her go she packed her bags and headed down under to begin her new adventure. This fateful decision took her on a journey around the islands with a documentary film crew and the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way she fell in love with Australia, specifically South Australia and has spent much of the last 10 years living there and is now an Australian citizen! Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi!

Sherri Jos previous travel adventures had also allowed her to indulge another passion she has for the preservation of wildlife and in particular Tigers. Her interaction with animals varies from time spent swimming with whales in Tonga and spending a large amount of time volunteering during an extended visit back home in Indiana with the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, in Center Point Indiana. This love for animals, and in particular Tigers will feature strongly in Sherri Jos Because I can world tour.

So why take on this mammoth challenge now?...

Well because she can!

So why not go big? thus the mission became to achieve the biggest challenge she could ever set for herself. An around the world solo motorbike journey while filming a documentary of the stories, the people and the highs and lows of her travels.

She had owned and ridden a Harley for many years in the States, had acted as a navigator and co pilot in light aircraft and had sailed a yacht dodging pirates through the islands of the pacific surely this was the next logical step.

The big difference though she is doing this solo on her own with no other travelling companion. So the challenges are great; purchasing a new bike (which one, whats best), learning to ride it confidently, organizing all the required gear whats the best equipment to buy, packing up her belongings, planning for various visas plus transport for herself plus shipping of the bike have meant many hours spent researching, discussing and organizing - but the time is here.

Amazingly, as the challenges have arisen, the universe has arrived with the right solution at just the right time. People have turned up to help with training, modifying the bike, with welcome sponsorships and support and offering help and advice. So all that is left is to face the fear and do it anyway. To take any problems and turn them into solutions as and when they arise. To transmute uncertainty into confidence and persistence and to enjoy the ride.

#Trek #topstory

I start noticing the city has quite a collection of naked men - everywhere!"
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I cant help but to stop and take photos. I have to be careful though if I am to get through this day in time. Would not be nice to be caught out here in the dark and its getting dark quite early now.Good! There is some traffic!! Horses, camels, doesnt matter to me. It just feels better knowing that there are people out here.
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In Mongolia, Sherri Jo missed the Russian cuisine....
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Visiting Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world.
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