“I love the smell of my bike in the morning,” is how Swedish cyclist Lars Bengtsson greets visitors to his website, The Lost Cyclist. Since 2004, Lars has cycled over 53,000km through over 60 countries, occasionally returning home to prepare for the next journey. Check out his site for journals (you can use Google to translate from the Swedish) and enjoy the wonderful photography, for which no translation is needed. This photo comes from a remote area in southeastern Guinea-Bissau.
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Steve hasn’t spent his life sitting still. Over the last few decades, this Canadian from Calgary has cycled more than 44,000km through 38 countries and he’s still going. Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa have all been under his wheels. Check out Steve’s 22 Years of Cycling Adventures for photos and more details on where he’s been. He now lives with his family in Quito.
If you want to explore Africa though the eyes of a cyclist who takes beautiful photographs, do check out Take On Africa – the account of Helen’s 20,000km bicycle journey from the UK to South Africa. Her journal updates are well worth a read too. All in all, an excellent way to share in an amazing bicycle tour.
Amanda and Olivier are seen here in the Bolivian salt desert with their two recumbents, just one stop on their 2007-2010 world tour. Their site The World, Feet In The Air is in English and French and describes their travels through diverse places like Central Asia, Madagascar and The Phillipines, along with inspiring quotes like this one: “Et il n’est rien de plus beau que l’instant qui précède le voyage, l’instant où l’horizon de demain vient nous rendre visite et nous dire ses promesses.” (Milan Kundera)
In English, roughly translated, it reads: “There is nothing more beautiful than the moment before the voyage, the moment where the horizon of tomorrow comes to tell us its promises.” A fine motto for a great adventure.
He doesn’t maintain a blog (at least not as far as we know). He speaks little English. And, most amazingly of all, he rides a very simple bike with very little luggage. But none of this has stopped Lee, who we met in Turkmenistan in 2008, from cycling continually since 1997, through well over 100 countries. The last we heard, he’d been kicked out of Somalia for trying to bike that country without a visa. Where does he get the money? He told us that his finances for touring came from the proceeds of a Chinese restaurant he sold in Bulgaria before he left.