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October 08, 2006

Bicycle Tour of Europe

After I finish uni in June I intend to go on a very long cycle trip around Europe. I had originally wanted to go around the world but cannot be bothered with visas etc. The only problem is that I do not know of many who would want to join me for all or part of the trip. Hence this blog. If anyone reading this would like to see Europe by bicycle or perhaps meet me in the Alps or somewhere for a weeks walking (a break from all the cycling), then let me know. The plan would be to camp as much as possible, my experiance of this in France this year was very good. The trip will take as long as it takes, but upto a whole year. My family may be joining me at various times, along with some others.


April 06, 2006

Touring the world by bicycle

Writing about web page http://www.corematrix.co.uk

Whilst researching a 3 week cycle trip in France this summer I came across various people who have cycled around the world for various reasons. Mostly it's because they want to see the world, get fit and escape. All three of those reasons fit me and so I decided I would do the same when I graduate next year. At first I thought it was impossible to cycle so far, but as I read their stories it actually sounded relatively easy physically (not so easy mentally). But whats the point? Well, I hate the idea of having to work and I want to see other cultures for myself so that I can better judge my own way of life. Mostly this is for a greater understanding of the world and myself (physical and mental). Why not travel by other means such as plane? There are many answers to this: 1) I cannot afford to do that, 2) I hate planes due to pollution etc, 3) More intimate contact with each area, 4) Physical and mental challenge. At this point I expect to go alone unless I can find another person motivated enough to try something so crazy (please feel free to reply if you wish to join me).

Following this life changing decision came the planning. There are certain places I do want to go (Everest, China, Rome, Kenya, Australia, …) and others I do not (America and Iraq). It turned out that it would take a year to get to Beijing, just in time for the 2008 Olypmics, so that is my aim for the first half of the trip. Another requirement is cost, since all I have is money saved from a student loan. Here is a list of places I plan to visit:

  1. Alps (France, Germany, Switzerland)
  2. Rome (Italy)
  3. Prague (Czech)
  4. Athens (Greece)
  5. Istanbul (Turkey)
  6. Iran
  7. Pakistan
  8. India
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Mount Everest
  11. Beijing
  12. Hong Kong
  13. Thailand
  14. Singapore
  15. Australia (Darwin, Cairns, Sydney, Perth)
  16. South Africa
  17. Kenya
  18. Ethiopia
  19. Sudan
  20. Egypt
  21. Algeria
  22. Spain

And a few more…

This should take me less than 3 years but I am not fixing any limit to it. My familiy will probably come to various places and visit me on the journey and allow me to have some time off from cycling. It's just so crazy that it might work, either that or I will die trying :-). Anyone interested in joining me for the whole trip, or perhaps for part of it? Seems doubtful.


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