November 23, 2009
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. Read the rest of this entry »
November 12, 2009
Into Novi Sad, I have picked up once again the Euro Velo 6 route which is a bicycle route that runs 4448km from the Atlantic to the Black sea. Every country takes a slightly different stance on the sign posting but in Serbia every marker comes with a little quote. I’m not sure if I want to be sick or smile.
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I’ve lived the length of it. I want to of lived the width of it as well” Dianne Ackerman Read the rest of this entry »
September 16, 2009
The seeds of a long distance cycle tour were set in Colombia 5 years ago. There I met a young Japanese man who turned up at a hostel in Bogota late in the night in colourful tight fitting lyrca. On striking up a conversation it turned out he was cycling from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego and the FARC had just stolen absolutely everything except his clothes. He was now going to get another bike and continue with his Journey. On this thought I decided that when I get home Im going to cycle the length of the UK. Procrastination prevented this but the idea always stuck although the practicalities and really pedantic little negative questions seemed to be holding me back more than my will. The security seeking side of me was fighting to protect the things as they are; while the inquisitive risk taker was wanting to break free. Read the rest of this entry »