A Meandering Cycle From the UK to New Zealand

After nine months on the road, we still don’t know how we got ourselves onto such a trip. Yes, we’d both daydreamed of big adventures, but cycling the world? That was something neither of us ever imagined we’d be lucky enough to be able to do.
But we’re doing it. 

Since leaving in April 2018, we’ve worked our way through Europe to Asia. To say it’s been eventful would be a huge understatement. We’ve been taken to court in Russia, victims of a helicopter scam in Nepal, and stung with a 40% VAT bill for two new wheels. But riding the lows along with the highs is all part of the adventure, right? And don’t get me wrong, we’ve had a lifetime’s supply of highs – mostly in the mountains. Cycling in Norway and the Himalayas has left us with a deep love for inclines and snow. I guess that makes New Zealand the perfect finish line. So let’s see what the next seven months of pedalling brings as we make our way there.

We hope you’re enjoying the ride as much as we are. 

Jennie & Dan

***ANNOUNCEMENT*** During our final three months cycling around East Africa, we have decided to raise money for East Africa Children’s Project. For more information, please click the link in the navigation bar above.

 
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RIDING STATS*

Now: Uganda
Next: Rwanda
Countries: 15
Continents: 3
Distance: 9,599 km / 5,965 mi
Elevation: 79,351 m / 260,338 ft
Ride days: 167
Rest days: 159  

Europe: 134 days / 4,957 km / 39,004 m
Asia: 171 days / 3,883 km / 33,118 m
Africa: 31 days / 759 km / 7,229 m
Oceania: 0

100+ km rides: 3
Biggest ride: 107 km / 66 mi (Sweden)
Biggest climb: 1,226 m / 4,022 ft (Ooty, India)
Biggest elevation: 1,675 m / 5,495 ft (Karnataka, India)
Crossed equator: 2
Mountain ranges°: 9

Fallen off: Dan 8, Jen 8
Puncture: Dan 5, Jen 2
Cracked rim: Dan 1, Jen 1
Bike shop visits: 6
Service: 2

Retired Components:
Schwalble Marathon Mondial 26x2.0 – circa 9,400 km
Shimano XT M8000 casette – circa 9,400 km
Shimano 105 chain – circa 9,400 km

Highest altitude cycled: 5,416 m / 17,769 ft (Annapurna, Nepal)
Highest altitude hiked: 4,940 m / 16,207 ft (EBC, Nepal)
Highest altitude slept: 4,930 m / 16,174 ft (EBC, Nepal)

*updated on 20/02/2019
°Cantabrian, Pyrenees, Rhône-Alpes, Jura, Black Forest, Hallingskarvet, Himalayas, Nilgiri, Shevaroy

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NON-RIDING stats*

Started: 01/04/2018
Expected finish: 08/2019
Days elapsed: 336

Wild camp: 35
Campsite: 52
Random campsite: 5 (police station, hospital)
Paid accommodation: 215
Free accommodation: 1 (government building)
Family, friends & hosts: 11
Warm Showers: 1
In transit: 11
Hospital: 1
Back home: 4

Plane: 16,314 km / 10,137 mi (5)
Helicopter: 145 km / 90 mi (1)
Ferry: 2,623 km / 1,630 mi (11) 
Train: 6,498 km / 4,038 mi (9)
Bus: 1,519 km / 944 mi (8)
Taxi: 106 km / 66 mi (1)
Hitchhike: 105 km / 65 mi (3)
Hike: 149 km / 93 mi (8)

Animals spotted while cycling: hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala, baboon, wildebeest, buffalo, vervet monkey.
Surprising moped cargo: coffin
Selfies in India: 98
Visitors from home: 2°
Visits from Tom: 3
McDonald’s: 28
KFC: 4
Domino’s: 3
Dog chases: 30
Longest without showering: 7 days
Poops in wild: 13
Sick days: Dan 4, Jen 1
Hospitalised: Dan 1, Jen 0
Big arguments: 8

*updated on 20/02/2019
°Dan’s brother, Dan’s cousin.