A Meandering Cycle From the UK to New Zealand
One year on the road. Wow. And no – 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 and then back to Africa. Not the most logical route to New Zealand, but never mind. 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 last few months of pedalling brings as we make our way there.
We hope you’re enjoying the ride as much as we are.
Jennie & Dan
**NEWS** During our final three months cycling around East Africa, we have decided to raise money for
East Africa Children’s Project. Click the logo below for details and to donate.
Distance: 10,936 km / 6,795 mi
Elevation: 93,375 m / 306,348 ft
Ride days: 201
Rest days: 176
Europe: 134 days / 4,957 km / 39,004 m
Asia: 171 days / 3,883 km / 33,118 m
Africa: 72 days / 2,096 km / 21,253 m
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: 3
Mountain ranges°: 9
Fallen off: Dan 8, Jen 8
Puncture: Dan 5, Jen 2
Cracked rim: Dan 1, Jen 1
Snapped cable: Dan 0, Jen 2
Bike shop visits: 6
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 12/04/2019
°Cantabrian, Pyrenees, Rhône-Alpes, Jura, Black Forest, Hallingskarvet, Himalayas, Nilgiri, Shevaroy
Expected finish: 08/2019
Days elapsed: 377
Wild camp: 35
Village camp: 8
Free bed: 1 (government building)
Family, friends & hosts: 14
Warm Showers: 1
In transit: 11
Back home: 4
Plane: 16,314 km / 10,137 mi (5)
Helicopter: 145 km / 90 mi (1)
Ferry: 2,673 km / 1,661 mi (14)
Train: 6,498 km / 4,038 mi (9)
Bus: 2,420 km / 1,504 mi (10)
Taxi: 106 km / 66 mi (1)
Hitchhike: 124 km / 77 mi (4)
Hike: 149 km / 93 mi (8)
Animals spotted (Africa): hyena, hippo, elephant (at night), giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala, baboon, wildebeest, buffalo, vervet monkey, gecko, bat.
Birds spotted (Africa): vulture, marabou stork, hamerkop, crowned hornbill, hornbill, black and white casqued hornbill, black crowned crane, green ibis, African sacred ibis, African starling, fish eagle, guinea fowl, black heron, woodpecker, African pitta, pied crow.
Surprising moped cargo: coffin (not sure if it was empty)
Weird roadkill: cow & zebra
Visitors from home: 3°
Visits from Tom: 3
Blocks of butter: 27
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: 11
*updated on 12/04/2019
°Jacob (Dan’s bro), Tom (Dan’s cousin), Nat (Dan’s friend).