The road goes on forever, the story never ends
Bicycle adventures are different than other kinds of travel adventures like backpacking and travel in tour groups. You will experience more in a country by bike than with any other kind of transport. Nothing beats the experience of traveling on a bike. Take only the simple thing that you can reach places other travelers can't come, not even with their own transport (car, bus).
Been there, done that and ... I bought some T-shirts
Everyone can ride a bicycle. Not everyone at first has the urge to do it. And fewer think they have the power to go on the road for a bicycle adventure. From personal experience I can say: "the first step is the most difficult". However, once made the first step, the rest will follow quite natural.
Bicycle Adventures Quick Links: the bicycle
Some prefer to cycle on their own, others prefer to join a tour. One is not better than the other. Again, I've done both. And both were excellent experiences albeit different. So, I invite you to use my knowledge and have fun on the road.
What will you learn?
Nothing is impossible! The weirdest and wildest places are there to be explored. More then ever in history it is easy to explore the world on bicycle. More than ever cycling is popular.
Contrary to some beliefs, anyone can cycle. No matter age, sex, race, yes even health, you can start your own bicycle adventure. See for example:
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The magic of cycling, explore cultures you have only been dreaming of
Cycling is addictive. Once on the road, it's hard to go back to normal life. It's not particularly the adrenaline but more the experience itself. Therefore a bicycle adventure is also not really a holiday. This especially counts for going on the road for a long time.
This sounds strange for people at home but once you're on the road for more then a couple of weeks you will feel the "holiday" feeling changing into a "life" feeling.
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In the last 25 years I have been on the road, sometimes with the bike, sometimes without but mostly with my bicycle. Sometimes I dropped the bike on a bus, train or boat.
Jim and I have seen many things. The things that gave me the happiest memories where not the famous sights as the Great Wall, Angkor Wat or Eifeltower, not the km's I cycled but the people I met. And the further away I drifted from the safety of the tourist zones, the nicer the people got, regardless I spoke their language or not.
And all I did was cycling from one place to another.
My bicycle adventures are not part of my life, they are my life. And it might be the same for you. You may get crazy things happening, for example when your bicycle starts talking to you! It happened to me, see Jim's (my bicycle) story.
Bad luck can happen, like here (2011) in Vietnam where
the bicycle repairman repaired my tire with a fishing net rope
Riding your bicycle will change your life forever, be prepared for the unknown, the unusual, the unbelievable and the impossible.... it all happened to me ... it will all happen to you too and you will love it as much as I love it.
But you have to start somewhere... so start right here!
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