Stephen Peel

Cycling Around the World

Cycled to Date (Europe)
Kilometers
 Miles
France
1186
737 
Spain
1681
1045
United Kingdom
462
287
Total
3329
2069
World cycle to go
25671
15937
 
 
 

November 2nd - Cycle is now on hold due to Rohloff mechanical issues

I have had to return back to the UK with my bike due to technical issues regarding the Rohloff hub or parts in connection to it.

At the time of reaching Marseille, over 3300km's into my tour, I was advised that I should return the bike to my dealer. 

I will keep you updated. 

Supporting JUMP children's charity. Raised £383.68 so far. Thank you  
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Every penny donated goes to JUMP Children's Charity. I am self-funding my own cycle and receive no money from the Charity, so please donate if you can
 
“A man (more genders click here) must find time for himself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us. . . . It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of himself 'Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?' . . . If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one's time—the stuff of life.”

Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes

 
I'm completely new to cycle touring and cycling is not even my hobby, so this is my first ever attempt at touring and I'm not doing bad. Not being a regular cyclist, I found it very painful and a completely alien experience, but I have adapted. 

People I meet along the way can't believe it when I tell them what I'm doing. They look me up and down, then I tell them it's OK, I'm not what you would imagine a cyclist to look like, especially one taking on something so huge. I'm built like a brick-sh#thouse for starters, not like the typical racing snake you see out there clad in a vegan sausage skin :)

I'm strong, I can lift heavy things :), as a life of heavy manual labour has dictated, and good food too :), but this is completely new to me, as none of my physical strength counts here, it's completely different muscles that are now coming into play. Until the day I set out, I had never setup my tent to sleep in, never cycled with this brand new bike fully loaded with the panniers full of everything I needed, and I had also never cycled more than 30 miles in one day in my entire life. 

I wanted to know, if I guy who has been in the building and construction industry all his life hands on, and without any cycle touring or cycle training, from a simple working class background, could get on a fully loaded bike and cycle around the world. I know, what a crazy idea hey :) 

I have completely self-funded this adventure through working hard my entire life, and I am travelling solo and unsupported. But my support comes from knowing that I have so many people behind me on this, so thank you all. 

I set out on August 1 2017 and I wanted to try to complete a circumnavigation of the Earth, meaning I would need to cover at least 18000 actually cycling miles in pretty much one direction, that's 29000km's. Any ferries, flights, trains or other forms of transport are not counted.

I also have to pass 2 points on the Earth that are opposite, so I chose Madrid as my fist point, and a little place in New Zealand as my second. I will also hedge my bets and aim for an antipodal point in Asia, and one in South America. Yes, there is a sort of science or rule to completing a true circumnavigation. Cycling around the world could mean lots of things to different people, but a circumnavigation is basically what is says.

What adds to the adventure to me, is that I don't have a planned cycle route, other than I'm going East. I only have target cities or points in mind. 

Thank you to all those who I have met along the way, who have kindly donated to my chosen charity JUMP.
 

I thought I would share with you a photo PDF of my cycle through Spain, from San Sebastian to Valencia via Madrid, then up through Barcelona and on to Southern France.

 
 
 

We choose to do things...not because they are easy, but because they are hard...

John F.Kennedy 1962

A little encouragement from some well known world cyclists and adventurers


" Fantastic stuff, Steve.....Good luck with the preparations :)" Tom Allen. Tom has completed a lot of great adventures and cycled all over the world and has a great website.. http://tomsbiketrip.com/

" Hi Steve....One can live real cheap in China and South East Asia as well as the Philippines. Central America is also cheap and one can get away with very little. " Leana Niemand. Is a World Cyclist and is still out there after nearly 10 years, 7 continents and more than 64 countries.
http://www.leananiemand.org.za/

" Hi Stephen, what a great adventure awaiting you. Your daughters will be very proud! Are you still needing to sell your house before you begin? I'll happily share the link on my social media sites for you if you are! Al " Alastair Humphreys. Alastair has been very helpful and I am very grateful to him. I took him up on his kind offer to advertise my previous house on his own social medial sites. He has cycled completely around the world and now motivates others. Check out his website and his adventures, he has some great books and loads of great advice.
http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/

" Hi Stephen, .... I hope you make time to start some big cycling adventures. I set out for a cycle from Cairo to Cape Town in early April. All the best. Mark. " Mark Beaumont held the Guinness World Record for cycling round the world in 2008, and has achieved many other successes too. He did amazingly on his Cairo to Cape Town cycle, and is preparing to attempt to cycle completely around the world in just 80 in 2017.
http://markbeaumontonline.com/

"Always remember, it's your dream : ) So...I'd listen to your daughters! " Mathew Kephnes - Nomadic Matt, has cycled the world and traveled on many other types of adventures.
http://www.nomadicmatt.com/

"Glad to have you on the team"   @Sony

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win

Mahatma Gandhi

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November 20  2017

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