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Show 37: Rick Gunn’s 3-Year World Bike Tour

Posted May 14th, 2010

Rick in Ankara web versionIn 2005, Rick Gunn began a 3-year trip around the world by bicycle.

He drained his savings accounts to make the trip happen and then rode through 35 countries, experiencing everything from incredible kindness to great sadness on his own personal journey of self-discovery.

Rick talks to us about the inspiration for the trip, his favourite places, the difficulties he encountered along the way (including losing a wallet full of money in China and getting his bike welded at a muffler shop) and what he’s planning next.

This podcast also includes a sneak preview of what’s coming up on TravellingTwo.com – a free Bike Touring eBook!

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Show 36: David Piper and Free Camping In Holland

Posted April 12th, 2010

D1dDavid Piper has a unique approach to big bike touring trips.

He wants to go around the world but he’s not doing it all at once. Instead, David is joining up a series of rides that will eventually connect to make his circumnavigation complete and he’s raising money for Sustrans as he goes.

So far, David has cycled in a range of countries, include all over Europe and, further afield, Syria, Oman, India and America.

In this podcast, we interview David and we share a few tips for free camping in the Netherlands at special sites designed just for cyclists and walkers.

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Show 35: Marija Kozin

Posted March 10th, 2010

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In 2006, Marija Kozin left her home in Slovenia and set out for China by bicycle.

When she reached Beijing, Marija turned around and cycled home again. During her 30 month trip, she covered some of the toughest routes in the world of bike touring, including going across Tibet and tackling the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan.

In this podcast, we talk to Marija about the highlights of her trip and some of the more difficult parts of her journey, including coming home.

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The Skype connection when we recorded this podcast wasn’t the best. Some parts may be difficult to hear and I’ve had to re-record a couple of my own questions for clarity.

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Show 34: Heinz Stücke Interview

Posted February 18th, 2010

Heinz Stucke, Copyright Anthony Atkielski (Agateller)Heinz Stücke is the world’s most experienced bike tourist.

On the road since 1962, he’s covered 600,000km by bicycle, through most of the countries in the world. Now 70 years old, Heinz is still going strong.

I was fortunate to speak to Heinz by phone while he was taking a winter break in Paris.

In this 45-minute interview (the best of a 2 hour phone conversation), Heinz talks about how his approach to bike touring has changed over the years, why he doesn’t wear a helmet but believes it should be illegal to cycle without a mirror, how he really feels about bicycle paths and what he hopes to achieve in future years.

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*Some people have indicated they find Heinz hard to understand because of his accent. Thanks to Jesse, a kind reader, we have a transcript of the interview with Heinz Stücke!

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Show 33: Talking Traffic And Other Bike Touring Challenges

Posted February 5th, 2010

Dan Martin and his bikeDan MartinWhen we think of cycle touring, we dream of quiet roads and friendly places.

It’s like that most of the time, but not always, so this week we’re delving deeper into some of the concerns you’ve told us you have about travelling by bicycle.

Since traffic is a big worry, according to our poll on your bike touring concerns, we talk to Jean from Cycle Training UK about how to cycle safely in traffic. And we speak to Dan Martin about some of the tricky situations he encountered on his bike trip from Korea to Capetown.

We don’t promise to give you all the answers but hopefully this show will at least give you some ideas of how you can lower the risk of bike touring when there is heavy traffic, plus hints for dealing with other tricky situations that arise while you’re on tour, like how to find a place to sleep and ward off chasing dogs.

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