Round the world by bike- 23,000 km in 9 1/2 months. Tips and advice
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 20, 2013 6:47 AM Last Post By: 22camels
Jul 10, 2013 2:44 AM
Round the world by bike- 23,000 km in 9 1/2 months. Tips and adviceHi,
My name's Tom and I cycled around the world. Since I've got back I have written a book and set up a website (www.tombrucecycling.com) which has some advice and tips for people wanting to do a similar trip. I've put my route, photos and some pages of planning advice on my website.
My route took me from my front door in Cheshire, through France, Switzerland and Germany, to the Danube River, which I followed across Europe to the Black Sea. I cycled through Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan to the Caspian Sea, which I crossed on a Ferry to Kazakhstan. A long crossing of the Kazakh Steppe and the Karakalpakstan desert from Beyneu to Nukus brought me to Uzbekistan and next up was the high altitude Pamir Highway in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Then into Kazakhstan again before a 2 month crossing of China through Xinjang province, across the Tibetan Plateau, along the Yellow River, then via Xi'an to Beijing. After that I flew across the Pacific to tackle North America. I cycled across the USA from San Francisco to Florida via, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi. I finished in Daytona Beach, Florida
Please feel free to post any questions you might have or contact me on email@example.com
Jul 10, 2013 10:18 AM
I have cycled around the world and am planning another trip starting next year. Currently I am planning a similar route like yours accross Europe and Central Asia, maybe dropping down into Pakistan from China, across the Karokoram, into northern India and down. (We previously cycled Cambodia/Laos/Yunnan and Tibet). A general question I have is whether it is worth the trouble cycling in central Asia (the stans). Reading about the visa hasles and expenses I'm not sure and keep thinking "why not go cycling where the actualy want me there" like spending more time in Thailand or Africa. but then I think about all I read about the Pamir hwy and want to go there......
Maybe reading your book will tell me what to do, but in the mean time my question is: are the stans worth the trouble?
Jul 10, 2013 1:04 PM
Jul 12, 2013 2:18 AM
I would absolutely recommend the Stans, they were a highlight of my trip. The getting from Turkey to Central Asia bit is the main problem, but once you are there, it's not too bad. The visas are a hassle and quite expensive but lots of people manage it fairly easily (with the exception of Turkmenistan - hence why I went another way). The Pamir Highway is brilliant, the cities of Uzbekistan are the most amazing I've ever seen and Kyrgyzstan is a wonderful place. The reason it's so difficult I think is that they are all former Soviet States so they still have ridiculous regulations left over from Soviet times. The people there are lovely and they are very welcoming.
You might want to have a look at my blog, which has loads more info on the Stans at my website
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Jul 14, 2013 1:56 AM
4Was your trip through Kazachstan worth it?
Did you take the boat - and....(hear lots of horrible stories ;-))
Jul 16, 2013 1:59 AM
I went through Kazakhstan out of necessity as it was my only path east, but the crossing of the Karakalpakstan desert was one of the best parts of the trip. So remote and a huge challenge.
Yep, I took the Caspian Sea Ferry, which was great fun. Had a lot of homemade Georgian wine with a group of Kazakhs, Azerbaijanis and Georgians.
Read more on my blog http://www.tombrucecycling.com/blog .
Sep 20, 2013 6:03 AM
6Part one of my book about my round the world adventure is now available for free here: http://www.tombrucecycling.com/book
(about halfway down the page)
Sep 20, 2013 6:34 AM
7Tom - really cool trip I've been looking at your website. 80km/day net speed is pretty swift! What proportion of the time did you camp? The £4/day living cost on your advice page seems really low (even if you add in your £10/week accommodation allowance and the unplanned expenses it still works out at around £6/day). I'm thinking of doing a similar trip and have been trying to use your budget as a reference.
Edited by: 22camels
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