Update: You can read about my 2016 trip summary from Barcelona to Athens here.
First of all, a mighty thank you to everyone that recently liked my Facebook and Instagram pages. I’ve never been a fan of social media but as the world slowly turns I’m slowly being converted into a social media hipster that will no doubt start using selfie sticks #nofilter #bullshit and other such nonsense in the near future. Can you imagine your grampa taking a selfie? Because that’s how my generation will look in 50 years. Scores of grannies and grampas taking selfies. Anyway, social media is one of the only ways I can talk to people on the road.
Let’s set things straight then…the route
The route, the route…ah yes…
I guess I haven’t been so clear with everything…as I’m not cycling directly to Thailand. My journey to Spain from Scotland a couple of years ago ended in Barcelona (as I got a cooshty job at an English Academy – click here to read their interview with me). I never got the opportunity to explore Spain, so I’m doing that a little now.
Then I realised when I get to the South of Spain, why not take a boat over to Morocco?
So I’m going there too.
Thus, the route might go something like this…Spain, Morocco, Portugal, France, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, (edit: Kosovo), Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia,
Iran(edit: I’m effectively banned), (edit: + Azerbaijan) Turkmenistan (edit: only issues 5 day transit visa), (edit: + Kazakhstan), Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, (Where?) Kyrgyzstan, (too many stans) China, India,(edit: India/China land border is closed indefinitely) Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, (edit: + Laos? Vietnam?), Thailand.
All I can say is that I’ll probably go there, and probably not go there. For example, I’ll probably go to Granada, and probably not go to Malaga, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up being the other way around (edit: I went to both).
I usually end up going in circles. It’s no surprise then that I’m featured as the No.1 slowest cyclist in the world on the Long Distance Cycle Journeys database. My other awards include the Supernatural Laziness Trophy 2009 and the World’s Best Skiver award.
The real reason I’m so slow is not because I’m morbidly lazy but rather because I like to take my time soaking up all the culture. Especially if it’s free or cheap.
And so why Thailand, you ask?
Because that’s more or less where my finger landed. I don’t even know if I’ll like it there.
So fasten your hypothetical armchair seatbelt and join the ride to…
…somewhere. Because I don’t really know where I’m going.
And that’s the way (uh huh, uh huh) I like it.