Russian Rider Reaches Rockaway
By Gary G. TomsDeaf-Mute Attempting To Break World Record A Second Time
The Wave staff received a surprise during the early morning hours of October 22. On that date, motorcyclist Vladimir Yarets Alexeevich, a deaf-mute who hails from Russia, walked into the office. Without the ability to speak or hear, he started sharing his story by showing staffers photos of the various cities and countries he has traveled to since October 6. He has already traveled from Venezuela to Puerto Rico, by plane, and will set out for the Dominican Republic, by boat, this Sunday. In his travels, his trusty motorcycle has always been by his side.
"I want to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the only deaf and mute individual who has traveled all over the former Soviet Union, Europe, Africa, and the Americas on a motorcycle," said the bearded and jovial cyclist through a written statement.
The cyclist has been able to do much of his traveling through donations from the public, which he uses for "gas money."
This is not Alexeevich's first attempt to circumnavigate the globe by motorcycle. In 1969, the 60 year-old native from Korovatichi, Byelorussia, covered all 15 republics of the Soviet Union, estimated at 36,000 kilometers in 148 days, on his small motorcycle (a Java 50), which he affectionately refers to as "a little donkey." As a result of his endeavor, he was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records that year.
Recently, he has set his sights on a second world record title. Since May 27, 2000, he has traveled to Poland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Morocco, the Canary Islands, and Span, just to name a few. Other stops will include the Caribbean, the United States (where he is currently), Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. The final portion of his excursion will take him through Australia, Asia and South Africa. Alexeevich plans to return to his native homeland next year or the year after.