Posts Tagged ‘southeast asia’
Hannah’s big bike trip was over 6,000 kms from the tropical island of Penang to the spicy city of Chengdu, travelling slowly and mindfully through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and China. She logged the journey on her blog, Pai Straight Up.
“Having never ridden long-distance on a bicycle before, it is hard to believe that I can now say ‘I have done it’,” says Hannah.
Her journey began as a reaction to a stressful job, that left her feeling burnt-out and pessimistic about the world.
“At no point did I think it would be easy and, I guess, that’s the main reason why I wanted to do it. I wanted to be challenged, to experience the unknown and find out what I was capable of. I wanted the space and time to think about things, other than how to make myself happy and save the world. I wanted an experience, be it a good or a bad one.”
Nicolai Bangsgaard took this picture in Mali, on his way home to Denmark, via West Africa. He was on the final leg of a journey around the world by bicycle.
“To me, cycling around the world on a multi-year journey was about getting familiar with the unknown, about finding the exotic in the realm of familiarity, about learning to find comfort in spheres way beyond your comfort zones. About living cheap and feeling rich, about roughing it and enjoying moments of luxury (hot shower, tailwind, soft bed, female smiles, the foolish wonders of beer)…”
See Nicolai’s account of his trip on his World Travellers website.
Ben and Sylvie are a French couple who have been travelling for 2 years on recumbents. They only discovered cycling a few years ago as a different way of travelling and they’ve fallen in love with bike touring. They’ve almost completed one big trip around the world and are already planning the next one. Check out their adventures on their blog, Frogs On Bents.
In 2005, Rick Gunn set out on a 3-year journey around the world that turned out to be as much a spiritual journey as a physical one. From the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, he pedalled through 35 countries and wore out 4 bicycles, before completing his circuit.
Rick now gives talks, inspiring others to see the world in a different light. You can listen to an interview we did with Rick.