When we started this blog in 2014, Bernie and David were seeking to amble their way from Bewdley, Worcestershire across the world by bicycle to Tasmania, Australia roughly over the next decade. There is no route as such because there are too many unknowns (also known as “Rumsfelds”).
We are doing this journey in a series of stages. We started on 27th July 2014 in Bewdley and worked our way across to Harwich. Ferries are “allowed” because there is quite a lot of water between here and Australia, but we will try to keep them to a minimum. The first real stage was through Holland, down the Rhine and then across the Alps and Dolomites to Venice.
Stage 2 in the summer of 2015 took us back to Venice. We cycled across a corner of Slovenia, down the Croatian coast and across some of the islands to Dubrovnik. Then into Montenegro and around the Bay of Kotor. Next was Albania, northern Greece and into Turkey where we diverted to the coast of the sea of Marmaris and battled headwinds to Istanbul.
In May 2016 we returned to Istanbul and cycled south-east across Turkey and then strike north east after Cappadocia heading towards Georgia. We finished Tiblisi by mid-June 2016. Family matters constrained our travelling in 2017 but in January 2018 we started again in southern India as the countries between Georgia and India all had visa problems or were places the UK Foreign Office did not recommend for solo travellers. We worked our way up the west coast and ended at Jaipur.
In January 2019 we explored Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. In 2020 we started in Thailand, working our way south to Singapore but the pandemic intervened and we fund the Malaysian border closed just as we were about to cross it. So we had no choice but to get back to Bangkok and get a flight – any flight – back to Europe. In 2021 the pandemic continues to dominate all forms of travel, so we are restricted to ambling around the UK. We started in Sussex and hope to finish in Scotland, but let’s just see what happens.