I left Scotland with a vague ambition to cycle very far away in 2014, and even though I’ve covered a lot of miles, I still haven’t got very far away at all.
But all will change this year when I jump over to the other side of Asia. Here’s a rough idea of where I’ll be heading:
I have no idea how many miles that is. But it will probably seem like I’m travelling pretty quickly. I’m going to try and hit 100km a day on average. But I’ll be taking lots of rest days too. I hope to be in China before October. From there I’ll see where to go next.
The most difficult parts, in my mind, will be crossing the desert in Uzbekistan in mid summer, facing 500km of headwinds in the Taklamakan desert in China, and probably difficulties getting food and water in eastern Turkey due to Ramadan.
The part I’m most excited about is crossing the Pamir mountains in Tajikistan, but that’s a long way away still.
I’ve upgraded my bicycle and kit a little bit to cope with the journey.
I rebuilt the front wheel with a dynamo hub so I can charge my phone and things in the middle of nowhere. I bought a new stove which runs off petrol instead of gas. And I splashed out on a water purifier that accidentally looks like dildo.
Regardless of the new expenses, I’m still on a budget (I’ve been paid for 3 months in the last 2 years) and I still have my withered six-year-old bargain-buy sleeping bag and tent. I have around 1,500 Euros to get me to the other side of the world.
And I’m still playing my ukulele—I think I’m actually all right at it now. Maybe you’ll find me singing in the streets of China.