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Having spent the past two days in the village of Manang and completed a series of acclimatisation treks to above 4000m, I was feeling good and ready to at least attempt the 21km of steeper ground that
With my decision made, against the advise of nearly everyone I talked to, I cycled out of Pokhara city early in the morning, a smile on my face at the thought that soon I’d be high up in the Himalayas
If you’ve been following along recently with the blog your know that, after India, I was very much in need of some solitude. A little peace and quite and a healthy dose of Nepalese natural beauty to r
Nepal had long been high on my list of ‘must visit’ countries. Having developed a passion for climbing and mountaineering at a young age and spending my late teenage years and most of my twenties trav
My only experience cycling on Indian roads so far had been short, just two days on a ride from Delhi to Agra. Short it may of been, but long enough to realise roads here are unlike any I’ve ever cycle
I ended up staying in Delhi a few days longer than I’d originally planned due to an old back injury resurfacing shorting after landing. When I did however leave, I must admit I was rather glad. If you
After a week of sorting visas and flights, route planning and exploring the city of Bishkek it was time to say goodbye to the guys at the hostel and catch my plane out of Kyrgyzstan. The bike and I wh
With my tedious and slow paced crossing of the Caspian Sea finally behind me I felt more ready than ever to jump back in the saddle and explore country number 14 of the trip, Kazakhstan.
Ah the Caspian Sea! Billed by many a guidebook and travel blog as a truly unique and unforgettable adventure with the watching of the sunset over the waters from the boats upper decks a must see exper
After spending the last couple of weeks cycling over the mountains of southern Georgia, I was looking forward to the relative flatness that awaited me in central Azerbaijan. As I packed away my tent f
One of the first things you notice when you cross the boarder into Georgia is the culture difference. Having been stamped through customs without much fuss and made my way through the throngs of taxi
After a few days with my wonderful host Murat and his friends it was time for me to leave Konya and carry on heading east across Turkey. A look at the weather forecast just before I left showed centra
After almost a week exploring Istanbul it was time for me to leave the city and take the ferry over the Sea of Marmara, leaving the European continent behind me, to the city of Yalova, my first on the
In my last diary update, I was about to try and cross over the the Danube by ferry from Romania to Bulgaria – my 9th country of the trip. The locals had warned me that the crossing can be a
Budapest had been amazing and for once I found it hard to leave the city life behind me but after five days of exploring most of what the capital had to offer, I continued my journey south along the D
When I last left you on my way out of Prague, I'd had a pretty rough week. A run of poor nights sleep and weather that changed daily from constant downpours and low temperatures to sweat enducing days
When I was back in the UK looking into route options from Prague, I'd planned to take a fairly straight line southeast out of the city to Brno, before heading south from there to the Slovakian boarder
Well I made it to Prague, the 'city of a hundred spires' as it's known. When I last posted up I was just leaving Berlin. Since then I've slowed the pace of my riding down, partly because I felt like I
Well, it's been quite a week here in Berlin and despite the weather, I've been out amongst the crowds of other tourists who have braved the overcast skies and torrential downpours to check out what th
When I left you last I'd just spent a night in the rather inappropriately named SleepEasy Hostel in Brussels, my first night under a roof that wasn't canvas since I left home. Since then I've left Bel
I've never been to Brussels before and knew very little about the place other than it was the home of European bureaucracy, where a lot of many important people decide the laws and fates of millions o
So five days in, and so far, so good. While I have wifi and a roof over my head, I thought it was about time to update you on the trip so far.
A few pictures from the ride out today, testing the new Ortlieb bike panniers and getting a feel for the bike with a bit more weight.
Over the last week or so I've received a lot of emails from people wanting to know more about the trip, which is great and I always reply to every one of them myself. However, it seems there is an und
The first, if not rather small, milestone has been reached. Today the odometer ticked over to 100 miles. To be honest, I haven't had the opportunity to do a lot of long runs, just a series of smaller
It might of taken the best part of 14 hours to put together but my new home for the next three to four years has finally been built, well mostly. There are still a few more adds-ons lined up, like a r
With only ten weeks left until I leave, I still have a lot of organising, test riding and route finding to sort out, not to mention finalising all the kit, getting medical jabs and insurance. Right no
Today was a good day. After months of research, hundreds of phone calls, countless visits to bike shops and pestering friends with knowledge far greater than mine, I’ve ordered up all the components f
It’s hard to know exactly when I’ll arrive back in Europe for the last leg of the trip but what’s for certain is that it'll be over four years since I was last on the continent. If I can keep anywhere
Once I start the North American leg, it will over three and half years since I left home and I would be around three quarters of the way through the trip. Although the North American leg only has two
When I land in Punta Arenas near the southern tip of Chile, I'll be approximately half way through my trip, having completed the European, Asian and Australian legs of the tour.
So with Europe and Asia behind me, I’ll be approximately 18,000km into the trip: not even half way. That milestone won’t come until I've landed in South America in a few months’ time.
In the last blog post, I talked about the first leg of the trip through Europe and how it looked, on paper at least, to be one of the easier sections in regards to bureaucracy. That European leg finis
Thanks to the Schengen Agreement which allows, among other things, European citizens free movement within the countries of Europe, planning my route for the first leg of the trip is proving pretty eas
It's all too easy to grab a map and a pen and draw a line around the world, joining up all those countries you'd love to cycle through. It'll probably take you no more than a couple of minutes until y
Cycling the world is nothing new; people have been attempting it for a long time. Thomas Stevens, an Englishman from Hertfordshire, became the first person to cycle the world over two years between 18