|Dates:||16 Mar 2015 - 1 Dec 2017|
|Duration:||2 years, 8 months|
And that's a wrap
Last day, on the edge of a big town. Tomorrow it's all over!
Hidden in plain sight is becoming my MO
Rotsum and jetsum
Can't say the name of this city without a silly accent
Pub + Pint = Free Camping
Half day today, rest day tomorrow, and a stealth campsite with the sound of the ocean that no one can find
"Aaaaaaaaaghhhh!!!!!" - My legs
Another day, another riverside camp spot
Reunion with bushflies
Another example of classic Aussie hosptality
Found a roof and ready for tonight's storm. Bing it on.
Feels like I've cycled into the American west
Day one in west Tasmania. I haven't been rained on yet.
Stop it, Tasmania.
Another day cut short by a beach too good not to camp by
Another terrible place to camp.
Day one in Tassie: I'm prepared for the rain!
And that is that.
Last camp before Melbourne.
Still can't get over the novelty of camping in a forest again.
More wind, more mozzies
Thousands of mosquitoes!!!
Much wine later...
A forest. Camping on an actual bloody forest!!!
Green stuff grows here!!!
Whoops, another half day...
It's been a check into a caravan park and eat a whole bag of cookies kinda day. Praying for the wind to bigger off tomorrow
Back in the bitumen!
Post burger coma...luckily the pub had an adjacent free campsite. Waiting for tomorrow's tailwinds
Why carry on in the wind when you can sit inside by a fire?
Just when I though the last bit would be easy, the wind picks up
Camping near a water source. 5 star luxury
Sand sand and more sand.
A shockingly slow day of around 10km/hour. Thank god for podcasts.
Ankle better (almost) and back on the road!
Aaaaaand rest (eat)
Got given some beers and I didn't get much further
Day one on the buntine. About 5 cars have passed me today and this is the view from my bedroom
Windward of the bushfires
Experimented with carrot 20litres today. When I eventually found a way to actually attach it to my bike it wasn't too bad.
Lots of creeks and private land here, so I wusses out and checked into a campsite. Not to hit the pool.
Another half-day, another amazing campsite.
The best thing about camping in parks is that when everyone else goes home, you can go on the slides
Camped in worse spots...
Bit of a storm was brewing today. I got as far as taking down my tent (before the wind did) and moving into something a little sturdier
View from the tent at tonight's campsite
And the kind park warden waived the camping fee.
Another terrible ride only to arrive at another terrible campsite.
And after two boring days of riding through paddy fields, things suddenly got very interesting. Look where I get to sleep tonight!!
The inevitable result of 5 hours cycling into a headwind
Day two struggle
Camping in the shadow of Yotei-san
First day of Kat's bike trip has been a wet one. Luckily we spent most of it soaking in an onsen and found a quiet park for the night. Mountains and sunshine tomorrow!
Hello Hokkaido! Another industrial estate camp tonight before heading to Sapporo tomorrow.
It's not all glamour be epic scenery. Catching a ferry early tomorrow so camping in the middle of an industrial estate. Missing the empty beaches of Sadoshima already.
From mountains to small islands. Two of my favourite places to travel.
YOU SHALL NOT PASS(again)
Not a bad view for 0 yen
Sleeping in a shrine tonight
Another day ended with the calming view of the inland sea
After a day of waiting for the rain to stop, I'm back on the road
Another day, another day ended with an onsen. Lobsterfied.
First time camping in a Japanese park. The sign did camping but the loudspeaker just said the park is closing. We'll see...
Camping 200 meters away from the most visited site in Nara and ho how knows I'm here. Gotta love wild camping.
Japanese temples > Thai temples
And as usual, the first day on the saddle I overdid it. 120km. Boom!
Back on the road!
Made it to the red river, which I will follow all the way to Vietnam. It's the beginning of the end for China
Nothing like a riverside construction site for a good night's sleep.
BACK ON THE ROAD!!!!
Last night in the tent and last pass before Shangri La done. Sleeping at the top once again due to shortening days
A day written off by brutal winds, stupid gradients, and low blood sugar
Climb hill or camp early...the view was the kicker
At least it is shelter from the wind
So. Much. Oxygen.
Operation get over the pass and sleep at a sensible altitude failed. Still, found a nice hut to sleep in
Here we go again
Everything's different. A new alphabet. Military presence everywhere. Still can get a delicious plate of lagman, though.
Last night in Central Asia.
You can tell the wind hanged direction.
It doesn't look much with all the old machinery, but with shelter from the wind, predicted rain, and inevitable morning dew, this is one of the more luxurious camp sites I've found.
Back on the road and into autumn
Basking in the heat now we're back down to sensible altitudes
You know you're getting close to the Kazakh steppe when the wind forces you to call it a day after just 3 hours of riding.
All the mountain passes are done with. Only asphalt in front of us.
Hiding from the -10 degrees it falls to at night in this bad boy
Another day, another mountain pass. That's 3 in a row now
Pretty sure that snow wasn't there yesterday
Another day cut short by an irresistible campsite. The 3000m pass will be tomorrow's problem.
Back off the asphalt and into the hinterland.
Another rest day, another dicky tummy.
Finally down to altitudes suitable for my sleeping bag
You could say that this has been the high point of the trip
Another day cut short by an amazing camping spot
We found a hot spring. Naturally we weren't going to get back on our bikes today.
At long day pushing the bike through sand. But look.
Traditional Pamir style roof in the house we are sleeping in tonight.
Wakham valley. Where you can see 3 countries at once: Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Back on the road after the mandatory sickness in Khorugh.
It's raining and I have a cold. It's like I'm back in Blighty
But it's worth it for a campsite like this
Day eight: yup, very slow
Pamir: day six. Slow going on these bumpy roads
Pamir: day five. The other side of the river is Afghanistan
Pamir: day four
Pamir: day three
Pamir: day two
Pamir: day one
Fattening myself up before hitting the Pamir Mountains. It's like the United Nations of cyclists at the hostel, one even has the same bike as me!
More warm shades of blue covering the mosques and madrassas of Samarkand
Khiva: the first jewel on the Silk Road
Out of the desert!!
I forget which day it is...5 I think...whatever. Hotel.
The desert. Day one
And now for the desert
The ferry waiting game begins
Since I'm cycling the Silk Road, I guess it's only fitting to sleep in a caravanseri for the night.
Reunited with an old friend
Look where I get to spend the night!
Rolling into Tblisi
Last night in Turkey spent under the hospitality of the Turkish police force.
Sickness + Mountains = hitchhiking
Let future nick worry about reaching the pass.
Well, I knew I'd have to get a bus eventually. Turkey is much bigger than I thought.
Literally through hail and storm to get here today. Earned the view
In contrast to my previous post, here's my tent in the garden of a 4 star hotel
It's not all glamour
Petrol stations are becoming my best friend in Turkey
Back on the road!
With places to sleep like this, part of me doesn't want to enter Istanbul tomorrow
Many many amazing places to wild camp here in Bulgaria.
Further away from Istanbul than 2 days ago. And my god it was worth it.
At €20, I just couldn't say no to a night out of the tent
Not a bad place to spend my last day in Hungary. Romania tomorrow!
Yup. Here already
120k. Earned it.
The Danube got interesting
Amazing hospitality on my first day of the Danube
A 3 day ride for this. Worth it
Makes a change from cobblestones and olde timey buildings
Yep, you can stay there for 20 euros
A night in the Hurtgen forest
Another 'rest day' in the hometown of Stella (other beers are available)
A long day on bumpy/muddy sustrans routes. Next stop: Dover!
Keys left in the house and the door closed behind me. No turning back now!
|Dates:||16 Mar 2015 - 1 Dec 2017|
|Duration:||2 years, 8 months|