Originally Posted by NewmarketStrom
Just a liiittle too big for a week.
Also involves LOTS of slow going, gravel, sand, beaches, mud, rainforest etc.
Getting asked frequently how long it would take to ride the entire thing incl. all its side-trips and extras, I just have to throw up my hands and take a simple guess.
Considering it took a good 50.000mi/ 80.000km over 3 decades to dig it all up and somehow string it together into a continuous ADV route, I'd say around 3 months of continuous travels, no rest days, no rain, no bad conditions, no breakdowns and absolutely everything falling into place first go.
Which is impossible, as many of the routes and roads are closed/ snowed in/ flooded etc. through certain times of the year.
DOC and National Parks closures due to weather, seasons etc
Some places require permits, bookings, pre-arranged keys for gates, free slots on ferries and old steamers, certain water levels in lakes and rivers and endless other "obstacles" possibly/ regularly impeding progress.
A few years of month-long rides, carefully picked, should do the trick, though