Distance Cycled: 8,113 Miles Countries Cycled: 20 Total Countries Visited: 23 Days since home (on 06/04/11): 416
Netherlands Belgium Luxembourg France Switzerland Italy Slovenia Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro Albania Macedonia Greece Turkey Iran India Vietnam Cambodia Thailand Hong Kong China Japan South Korea Germany
Hi! Welcome to my journey and thanks for taking the time.
I cycled away from my home in Eastbourne in the South East of the UK in February 2010 aged 22 with the vague (though lengthily planned) ambition of cycling around the world.
In April 2011 I rolled back up to my front door 2 years older, a couple of kilos lighter, and 8,113 miles, 23 countries and 10,000 photos richer.
Here you'll find my entire blog from planning to return, with as much of what happened in those 14 months as I was able to get into words - from the terrifying emotions of leaving home to the terrifying (and illegal) ride across the bridge linking Europe and Asia; from being attacked by wild dogs in Turkey to attending the Dalai Lama's 75th birthday party in the Himalayas; from the search for a jailed friend in Iran to finding friends for life in India.
Whilst this ride isn't 'for charity', it seems wise to enable anyone feeling in any way inspired by or who is enjoying reading about my ride to convert that into help for those without such possibilities. Any donations made to World Bicycle Relief will go towards providing bikes to communities (currently) in Zambia where they're only 3,000 bikes short of reaching their target. You can travel at least 4 times further and carry 5 times as much on a bicycle when compared to walking. To those on the receiving end that can mean that healthcare, education, work or even water are made within reach.
Any donations made to UNICEF through this link will be directed towards the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5.4 million people have died in the ongoing conflict in a country with the potential to feed billions.