Over the next few years (and possibly as much as 10 and hence the title to this blog) we plan to cycle as much of the route to Australia as we can overland, wihtout breaching Foreign Office Guidance and not putting ourselves in too much danger. Frankly, that means large “bits” of the route are off-limits. It is about 17,400km from Bewdley, Worcestershire to Hobart, Tasmania and so we plan to cycle this distance, even if not in a straight line!
We left our home town of Bewdley, Worcestershire in summer of 2014 and got as far as Venice as a first leg cover 2,200km. In 2015, we cycled the 2,500km from Venice to Istanbul. In Summer 2016 we resumed the ride and had a fantastic journey from Istanbul to Tiblisi in Georgia.
For personal reasons we have not done another trip in 2017 but took a few months to cycle around Scotland instead, and have blogged about it (even though it is not on the route from Bewdely to Hobart). However, the great adventure will start again on 1 January 2018 when we strat from the southernmost tip of India and work our way up the west coast via Kerala, Goa, Mumbai and towards Rajasthan.
We are riding to raise money for Walk for Life, a small but perfectly formed medical charity which treats children with club feet in Bangladesh. For details please see www.walkforlife.org.au.
We both have jobs and so cannot ride endlessly for pleasure (or at least not quite yet). The best we can do is a series of “bunny hops” across the various countries between here and down-under. We cannot be sure how many times we can escape per year but, in as much as we can, we will try to pick up each time where we left off and continue the route.
We hope you enjoy our blog. As we ride, we record our experinces, knowing that our friends and colleagues started their day by clicking onto the blog to see what mad scrapes we had got into. We are therefore going to continue the blog for those who like to experience travel vicariously.
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