Anita Yusof, 52 years , citizen of Malaysia is the first Muslim woman to travel around the world in motion. Under the helmet wears a headscarf, but says: “I hope that Muslim women open their eyes.”
The feat was possible thanks to his indomitable spirit and GIVI that has supported the project by providing the equipment: an adventure already set to enter the Guinness Book of Records. 1 meter high and 63, on board a Yamaha FZ 150, that when it is at full load weighs more than 210 kg.
Mother of two grown children, Anita, (by profession is a teacher), said that to push it to buy a motorcycle has been a divorce, to 45 years. “I was heartbroken and I thought I would be a powerful experience served to distract me.”
The first trip lasted 22 days in the neighbouring countries: Cambodia, Laos, Burma. “I fell many times learning to get back on my feet without becoming discouraged.”
The second trip was in Central Asia: “In Afghanistan there was a war, I avoided the hot spots, I stopped at one point to ask of a hotel and found myself surrounded by curious men or scandalised. I knew that they would not give me any help and ran away. “Then he travels to countries like Nepal, China, Indonesia.
Until the big project: to go around the world.
September 14, 2015, Anita starts from Seattle, USA, where she arrived by plane, crossing all continents visiting 40 countries and covering about 65,000 kilometres : America, from north to south, up to “Lapataia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, where does the route national “. Then he flew to London and England went from Spain and Portugal to get to Italy, Rome, and then go to Greece and from there to Asia.
Hard to choose what to take in motion but eventually prevailed: “I have chosen before all the essentials for life, a camp stove, a computer, a camping tent. The wardrobe is minimal: T-shirts, jeans 1 motorcycle Hevik also perfect for leisure but safe in the event of a fall, a pair of trousers and a heavy motorcycle pants for the night. “
“I had never seen the ocean or a mountain scene as there are in America, with glaciers and trees so high that you can not see the sky! I have travelled hundreds of kilometres on deserted roads or muddy or sandy or windy that I could not even stand up. In Costa Rica national TV talked to me and GIVI for a week. “The most beautiful scenery? “In Peru.” The most difficult path? “In Argentina. 3400 km of empty road, with few service stations. Risks running out of fuel. The wind was so strong that it moved the bike from one side of the road. “
The cheapest route? “In Bolivia. This company takes about 50,000 euro budget and the Malaysian Government has supported me because there are not famous. So I have been very attentive to the charges. “
While talking Anita occasionally removes the veil which for the occasion is the flag of his country, it adjusts the tail that collects the blacks hair and then revives around his neck is the new symbol of the freedom of Muslim women and is proud “In Argentina, the television of the Muslim community gave me plenty of room and tried to open his eyes to the women of my religion. I hope that changes also my country where now all we have to again wear the veil. “