“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.
Ann Wilson’s adventures with bike touring started simply enough, with a ride from Carlisle to Ipswich. In 2004, a friend gave her a book called ‘A Bike Ride’ by Anne Mustoe and just a year later she was making plans to quit her job and ride around the world herself. “Life was suddenly too short to delay this project any longer than necessary,” she writes in her journal Through Europe and Beyond.
David Piper is a Brit going around the world but with a twist. Instead of a continuous journey, he does a section, returns home and then tackles the next leg a few months later. His goal is to ride 16,000 miles over 4 continents and you can read about his journey on his website, Tra-velo-gue. Here he is pictured in front of the citadel of Aleppo, in Syria.
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.