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

 
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RIDING STATS*

Now: India
Next: Kenya
Countries: 12
Continents: 2
Distance: 8,190 km / 5,089 mi
Elevation: 68,587 m / 225,023 ft
Ride days: 143
Rest days: 142  

Europe: 134 days / 4,957 km / 39,004 m
Asia: 151 days / 3,233 km / 29,583 m
Africa: 0
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)
Mountain ranges°: 8

Fallen off: Dan 5, Jen 7
Puncture: Dan 4, Jen 2
Cracked rim: Dan 1, Jen 1
Bike shop visits: 5
Service: 1

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 10/01/2019
°Cantabrian, Pyrenees, Rhône-Alpes, Jura, Black Forest, Hallingskarvet, Himalayas, Nilgiri.

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NON-RIDING stats*

Started: 01/04/2018
Expected finish: 08/2019
Days elapsed: 285

Wild camp: 35
Campsite: 46
Random campsite: 1 (hotel garden)
Paid accommodation: 175
Free accommodation: 1 (government building)
Family, friends & hosts: 10
Warm Showers: 1
In transit: 11
Hospital: 1
Back home: 4

Plane: 10,874 km / 6,757 mi (3)
Helicopter: 145 km / 90 mi (1)
Ferry: 2,623 km / 1,630 mi (11) 
Train: 5,150 km / 3,200 mi (8)
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)

Most impressive moped cargo: windowpane
Most people spotted on a moped: 4 men
Selfies: 79
Visitors from home: 2°
Dog chases: 17
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 10/01/2019
°Dan’s brother, Dan’s cousin.