The above is a tentative route, subject to change. All letters are only a function of google maps
Shanghai to Europe (~17,500 miles)
On June 6th, 2015, we will leave from Shanghai, saying goodbye to Jieming's friends and family. After a stop in Jingdezhen to say goodbye to Nate's friends, we will spend a month heading northwest through the Chonqing and Sichuan, up to the plateaus of Qinghai and over to Xinjiang.
From there we will then cross into Kazakhstan and go through Kyrgyzstan, down to Tajikistan --on the Pamir highway-- and over to the Caspian sea via Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, where we will take the ferry to Baku, Azerbaijan. This section has a bit more visa logistics, so there might be some small bureaucratic hurdles, but the CIS and the Caucus are half the reason we're on this trip.
Europe is much more flexible. Neither of us need visas, but even more importantly there are multiple friends spread out across Europe who that we plan to visit --something that will inevitably dictate a portion of where we say and for how long.
Africa (~18,800 miles)
Follow Jieming on his journey to South Africa at www.jming.org
After heading down from Spain to Morocco, he will be stopping off to see friends in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania --and making new friends along the way. From his time working in commodities he has contacts in the DRC, Zimbabwe, Angola and good friends waiting in South Africa