A Meandering Cycle From the UK to New Zealand

In case you’re wondering, we don’t really know how we got ourselves onto such a trip. We’d both dreamed of big adventures, but this snowballed rather quickly into something neither of us ever imagined we’d do. Yet the idea stuck and in April 2018, we started pedalling east. Well, technically we went south first, then north, to be honest, but you get the idea.

We made it through nine countries in Europe with no serious problems to report back on. We crossed into Russia and even managed to successfully ship the bikes 6,000km across the world’s largest country, before trying to catch up with them on the Trans-Siberian railway. Although after only eleven days into this train adventure, we had a serious visa issue. It expired. Long story short, our Visa Agent is incompetent, which resulted in us being taken to court and deported.

We’re not gonna’ lie, we were heartbroken. A trip that we’d spent eighteen months planning and saving for fell apart before our very eyes. It cost us an arm and leg, too. Not one’s to be defeated, however, we went back to the drawing board and scribbled a handful of alternatives routes. Then, after being reunited with our long-lost bikes, we flew to Nepal. And so The Slow Race continues. We hope you’re enjoying the ride as much as we are.

Jennie & Dan

 
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RIDING STATS*

Currently cycling in Nepal
Countries visited: 11
Distance cycled: 5,008.7km / 3,112.3mi
Total elevation: 39,811m / 130,614ft
Time in saddle: 333 hours 15 mins

Biggest ride: 106.8km / 66.4mi (Sweden)
Biggest climb: 934m / 3,064.3ft (Spain)
Biggest elevation in one day: 1,395m / 4,576.8ft (Spain)
Highest altitude cycled: 1,766m / 5,794ft (Nepal)
Mountain ranges**: 7

Pushed over snow/avalanches: 8
Punctures: 2
Bike shop visits: 3
Services: 1
Fallen off bike: Dan 4, Jen 5

 

 

 

 

 

*updated on: 18/08/2018
**Cantabrian, Pyrenees, Rhône-Alpes, Jura, Black Forest, Hallingskarvet, Himalayas

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NON-RIDING stats*

Started: 01/04/2018
Days elapsed: 140
Wild camp: 35
Campsite: 46
Paid accommodation: 36
Family, friends & hosts: 10
Warm Showers: 1
In transit: 8
Back home: 4

Flights: 2
Ferry: 2,608.7km / 1,621mi (6) 
Train: 3,224.9km / 2,003.9mi (6)
Bus: 121km / 75.2mi (1)
Hitchhiked: 61.7km / 38.3mi (2)
Hiked: 23.5km / 14.6mi (1)

Highest altitude camped: 1,143m / 3,750ft (Norway)
Blocks of butter eaten: 22
McDonald's: 25
Days without showering: 5.5
Dog chases: 1
Deported: 1
Big arguments: 2
Poops in wild: 13
Ticks: Dan 12, Jen 2


*updated on 18/08/2018