A Meandering Cycle From the UK to New Zealand

After seven months, 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: 7,471km / 4,642mi
Elevation: 59,850m / 196,358ft
Ride days: 129
Rest days: 131  

100km+ rides: 3
Biggest ride: 106.8km / 66.4mi (Sweden)
Biggest climb: 934m / 3,064.3ft (Vega De Pas, Spain)
Biggest elevation: 1,444m / 4,738ft (Annapurna Circuit, Nepal)
Mountain ranges°: 7

Fallen off: Dan 5, Jen 7
Puncture: Dan 3, Jen 2
Cracked rim: Dan 1, Jen 1
Bike shop visits: 5
Service: 1

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

*updated on 16/12/2018
°Cantabrian, Pyrenees, Rhône-Alpes, Jura, Black Forest, Hallingskarvet, Himalayas

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NON-RIDING stats*

Started: 01/04/2018
Days elapsed: 260
Wild camp: 35
Campsite: 46
Random campsite: 1 (hotel garden)
Paid accommodation: 150
Free accommodation: 1 (government building)
Family, friends & hosts: 10
Warm Showers: 1
In transit: 11
Hospital: 1
Back home: 4

Plane: 10,874km / 6,757mi (3)
Helicopter: 145km / 90mi (1)
Ferry: 2,623km / 1,630mi (11) 
Train: 4,918km / 3,056mi (7)
Bus: 1,519km / 944mi (8)
Taxi: 106km / 66mi (1)
Hitchhike: 105km / 65mi (3)
Hike: 149km / 93mi (8)

Selfies: 72
Visitors from home: 2°
Dog chases: 10
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 16/12/2018
°Dan’s brother, Dan’s cousin.