- Anyone ridden round the world?
lol – only “decided” in the car today – the fantasy idea is that in the next 14 years my daughter leans to ride a bike and love it, my missus decides that she wants to ride also, we win enough money for 2 years “out” and we do it! In reality its a **** pipe dream!!Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I’ve not, but read “journey to the center of the earth”, not the Jouels Verne book, the one about cycling from Bangladesh to Xinjiang. Gives an idea of just how light you can go touring! They took not much more than a spare tube and a set of 28mm tyers to cross the himalayas! Their reasoning was they expected to stay on ‘roads’ and therefore wouldn’t bother with those newfangled mountainbikes.Posted 4 years ago
Tonnes of great writing on long distance cycling if you haven’t already read some of it:
Anne Mustoe – A Bike Ride
Ian Hibbell – Into Remote Places
Alastair Humpreys – Mood of Future Joys, Thunder & Sunshine
Mark Beaumont – The Man Who Cycled Around the World, Cycling the Americas
Cass Gilbert is always worth a read:http://www.whileoutriding.com
I’d between Cass’ stunning photography and Al’s sheer enthusiasm they persuaded me that it would be rude not to take a year out from a comfortable lifestyle and well paid job and do something truly life changing.Posted 4 years agoallthepiesMember
Mike, say “hi” to Clive and Viv if you meet them (also biking from Alaska -> Argentina although they started a few weeks ago).Posted 4 years agoMostly BalancedMember
A guy I used to know split up with his wife, sold the house and bought a train ticket to Perth, Scotland, then rode to Perth Australia. He came back across America so I suppose that sort of counts. He said he wasn’t in too much of a hurry and took 18 months or so.Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Ridden in lots of places around the world, but not around it.
Wife and I quit our jobs, getting on for 10 yeras ago. Rented the house out, packed everything up and flew to Australia with pannier-laden bikes. Rode across Australia (cheated and got the train across the Nullaboor) and back. Rode up and down the length of NZ, then on to California. Realised distances in the US are big, so rented a car for a week or so to get to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Left it in San Franciso, rode north inland, then out to the coast and down the PCH to LA.
All in, I think it was a mere 8000km in 18 months which is a very, very slow average speed. We stopped a lot 🙂 Life-changing time though.Posted 4 years agoplumberMember
plus 1 on Alistair Humphries books
from experience do a few medium tours to find out what kit you really do need, I took everything bar the house first time and it affected my enjoyment. less is more – so to speak.
I will never cycle round the world – its just too bloody hard, but good luckPosted 4 years ago
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