Just go. Any bike, any tent, anywhere. It’s true, the toughest step is always the first one! – Matt Bridgestock
That quote kicks off 24-pages of solid advice on cycling around the world. It’s one of 7 chapters in a new book for future explorers: How To Get To The North Pole … and other iconic adventures.
Author Tim Moss does a fine job of laying out the basics of cycling around the world, complete with statistics, anecdotes and inspiring quotes.
Essential questions such as Where do you sleep? and What do you drink? are all answered in a straight-to-the-point style. There’s an overview of the gear required, along with common challenges such as saddle sores, steep hills and accidents.
We particularly liked Tim’s summary of the first steps towards a round-the-world trip:
1. Get a bike, any bike, and start riding it everywhere you can.
2.Test yourself and see how far you can ride in a day. Aim high. You can always catch a train back.
3. Plan a trip. Fly overseas or start from your front door. Do it in a weekend or take a month off work. The details don’t matter, just give yourself a taste of life on the road.
4. If you are left hungry for more then you can start planning the big one. Work out a route you would like to follow, start accumulating the gear, apply for some visas if you want and set a date.
It really doesn’t need to be more complicated than that.
True planners will, of course, want more detail (such as what’s available in our Bike Touring Survival Guide and the Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook) but this book has the basics down pat. We found it a fun and inspiring look at biking around the world.
Want to win a copy?
We have two copies to give away. There are two ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment and tell us what your ideal cycling route around the world would be.
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You can enter until midnight (Central European Time) on Thursday, June 28th. Winners will be announced on Friday, June 29th.