One just doesn’t take off, solo, on a 17,000 kilometers bike ride. People ask me how I can do this and my answer is simple 'You can too'. I explain that this is the outcome of a gradual process whereby my boundaries have been pushed further. My first touring bike ride was 1350kilometers. Last year I rode 3000 kilometers.
Being alone is also something that needs to be explained. I would like to ride or hike with other people, and I sometimes do, but the particulars of a journey, the route planning, the time, often clash. It's much easier to go alone. One is never really alone when travelling anyway. The independence is something that also develops as you take on more trips, and yeah, it does get harder to find a travel partner.
Some of my previous trip are:
- Cycled 3000k’s from Southern Vietnam to Cambodia, Laos and back into Southern Vietnam.
- Mawson Trail, South Australia, Australia. 10 days of Outback and off-road riding.
- South Island, New Zealand bike trip of 2000 kilometres around the South Island.
- Giro Tasmania, Australia bike trip of 1350 kilometres around Tasmania.
- Hiked the GR-10 and Haute Route Pyrenees in France, Spain and Andorra. A solo hike from the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean Coast.
- Hiking in Hinchinbrook Island, Far North Queensland, Australia. A section of the “Thorsborne Trail”. Crudely interrupted when being involved in an accident high on the slopes of Mount Bowen. This story has been made into the documentary: I Shouldn’t Be Alive, Trapped Under A Boulder.
- Hiking in South West Tasmania, Australia. The Overland Trek, South West Coast Trek, Port Davey Trek
- Hiking the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Basecamp Treks in Nepal