Just imagine pedalling your bike 80,000km through 80 different countries. Then imagine doing that over several years, and including a tour of Africa. That’s exactly what Eric and Amaya are doing. Their site is one of the best on the web for tales from the road and practical info so hop on over to World Biking and check it out.
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“Every so often a bird gets up and flies some place that it’s drawn to. I don’t suppose it could tell you why, but it does it anyway.”
Those are the words of Ian Hibell, one of the greats of the bike touring world. Perhaps his most famous trip on two wheels came in the early 1970s when he and two friends hacked their way through the Darien Gap – a swampy strip of land between Panama and Columbia – and eventually went on to claim the title of first person to cycle from the southern tip of South America to Alaska.
Over the next 4 decades he covered over 250,000km before being hit and killed in Greece in 2008. Photo from flickr under the CC license, by backintheworld
In 1890, William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen set off to travel the world by bicycle. They returned 3 years later, having covered over 15,000 miles. At the time it was the longest continuous land journey ever made and took them through the Middle East and Asia. They returned and wrote a book: Across Asia on a Bicycle.
We met Tyson in a bicycle repair shop in Syria. We were both there with broken rims. He was on his way to Jordan and then back home to America. Tyson fell in love with Syria and ended up returning there several times to teach English. Tyson’s website offers plenty of travel reading.