The plan: two bikes, four panniers, and lots and lots of long, dusty roads.
In the summer of 2016, we flew to Iceland with our bicycles and enjoyed a delightful month riding around the country. We cycled over a thousand kilometers and camped for twenty-six nights straight and, by the end of our time there, agreed that we wanted more of it: more peaceful pedaling through gorgeous landscapes, more sleeping in open fields under clear skies, more quiet sunsets and more friendly people and more adventure and, importantly, more time together too, living life on simpler, more meaningful terms. So we decided to quit our jobs and bike around the world.
A few qualifiers. For one, we're not aiming to break any world records: not the longest 'round-the-world bike ride, nor the quickest—not necessarily even a proper circumnavigation. We have neither a firm route nor a timetable, a sponsorship nor a place we need to be, and so we're comfortable just pedaling where the winds and the world and our own hearts take us. We're starting in South Africa in July 2017 and heading north from there, and we're vaguely planning to make it to Egypt and then ferry along to Europe, and maybe head east and start working our way through central Asia and eastern Asia and maybe even dip down into Australia before flying over to South America and slowly pedaling north back to the States, so maybe that'll happen, but it all depends how we're feeling along the way.
Our actual route, updated occasionally. All locations approximate. Symbol denotes mode of transportation.
We're prioritizing memories over mileage, meaning that we may very well take breaks, short weeks out of the saddle here or there, or longer stops to relax, live, or work, and we won't be too terribly disappointed if we don't come full circle but end up having a great time of it anyway. We're riding self-supported—just us, our bikes, and a few panniers stuffed with clothes and food and a stove and a tent—and we're getting by on a pretty tight budget. And while we aim to bike the overwhelming majority of the land we'll be crossing, we're not above catching a ferry when there's water in the way, booking a flight when there's bureaucracy in the way, and hitching a ride when a stretch of road is dangerous or just awful.