Bicycle touring is as old as the bicycle which is about 200 years old. There are resources galore on the internet to search for information, kit lists and personal journals. There are whole communities of people who take part in this type of activity in one form or another.
In setting out on this trip I thought I might of come across a few like-minded people but in over 2000 miles I have not personally come across anybody. I was starting to think perhaps it was all a myth but today I have had the pleasure of meeting Ken from England and a guy from Switzerland. In a moment, with all our 3 bikes loaded out in the middle of Sofia I felt like a long distance Bicycle Tourer.
Even better I was going to spend a couple of days cycling through Bulgaria with Ken which would give me a completely new experience. Ken Roberts is doing a monster journey of 45,000 miles across 5 continents to raise money and awareness for the Outward Bound Trust and to Inspire people to explore their potential through discovery and adventure.
I enjoyed cycling 50 miles and not even thinking about it. I enjoyed slipstreaming and pacing each other. I enjoyed a shared experience. I enjoyed learning vast amounts from Ken about survival medicine, bike maintenance and equipment choices.
My particular favourite being learning of the ‘Honey Badger‘ a fearless and aggressive creature found in Africa that when mad goes straight for the testicles. Unfortunately I will not get the opportunity to meet one of these on my adventure.
The question remains whether I could manage to pedal my way all the way round the world. Meeting Ken has certainly sparked a very serious question that had not been considered before.