If you can remember back to early summer 2010, although I didn’t keep it a secret, my departure along the Eurovelo 5 from my home town of Reading to Brindisi in the south of Italy was low-key to say the least. I sneaked out of town early on the morning of Sunday 18th July before most people were out of bed. So it will come as no surprise if I tell you that today I’m setting off on a cycle around the World. Yes, the World. The big round thing upon which we live. I will of course keep you updated via the now erroneously-named CyclingEurope.org so watch out for photos as I pass the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, the Empire State building in New York and then back to Reading. As you can see, I am once again taking a laid back approach to the detailed planning of my route. It’s much more fun that way. Set off is 12 o’clock so I’ve only got an hour or so to get Reggie loaded and pump up his tyres. Bon voyage to me!
In two weeks?
A minor detail; I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Are you coming to Australia?
I’ll make that decision when I get to Beijing. If I have a bit of time, I’ll turn right at the crossroads in Hong Kong rather than continuing straight on.