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CURRENT LOCATION

(as of November 2021):

ENGLAND

ABOUT

Hey, I'm Tristan. Welcome to my site. I'm an expedition bikepacker and content writer on a mission to cycle 100,000 kilometres around the world, through 100 countries, on 6 continents.

 

Back in 2015 I started a 3 month bike tour of New Zealand, got carried away and spent the next year cycling home from Papua New Guinea to England. Now, six years later, I've cycled around 59,000 kilometres through 65 countries, having crossed 5 continents. I still have a long way to go, but I'm in no hurry. For me, it's never been about reaching a certain mileage. Having a goal is useful, but it's the journey that matters, not the destination.

This page will give you an idea of where I've been and where I'm going. You should also check out my videos HERE.

Email: tristan@tristanridley.com

Instagram: @tristanrid

If you like what I'm doing and want to help me out, you can support my ride with a small monthly donation on Patreon.

 

 

Alternatively if you'd just like to buy me a beer you can make a one-off donation using PayPal. Thank you!

MAPS

ROUTE CYCLED SO FAR (AS OF NOVEMBER 2021):

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ORIGINAL ROUTE PLAN FROM ENGLAND, CREATED IN 2017:

COUNTRY PLAN (DATES ARE APPROXIMATE)

June 2022 - March 2023 : Alaska & Canada

 March 2023 - September 2023 : USA

September 2023+ - Mexico, Central and South America

STATISTICS

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COUNTRIES CYCLED

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, 

Asia: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Palestine

Europe: Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, England, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, San Marino

Africa: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

South America: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile

Distance: 60,000 km

Countries: 65

Biggest daily distance: 330km, China

Biggest daily climb: 3000m, Tibet

Top speed: 89 km/hour, Austria

Highest: 4900m, Tibet

Hottest: 45C, Indonesia, Sudan

Coldest: -12C, Serbia

Food poisonings: 4 (China, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Ethiopia)

Longest without a day off: 1 month, 4700km, China

Longest without a shower/wash: 1 month, China

Times hit by traffic: 2, both China

Favourite countries: Papua New Guinea, Kyrgzstan, Georgia, Turkey, Norway, Kenya, Argentina

Most cycle friendly: Netherlands

Least cycle friendly: Ethiopia

Friendliest people: Papua New Guinea

Best food: Indonesia

Worst food: Papua New Guinea

Last updated: November 2021

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THE JOURNEY SO FAR

DECEMBER 2013 - DECEMBER 2015: AUSTRALIA

After finishing university and spending the summer backpacking around Europe, I flew out to Australia and spent two years working and hitchhiking around. Towards the end of my time in Australia I became interested in bike touring so I bought a bike in Brisbane and then flew out with it to Christchurch.

DECEMBER 2015 - MARCH 2016: NEW ZEALAND

One of the most beautiful countries in the world. Having not really cycled for more than a decade, the hills of New Zealand were a trial by fire for my legs and a great warm up for the bigger mountains to come. 

MARCH - APRIL 2016: PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Having decided to try to cycle home to England without flying, I quickly realised that without flying, I was stuck in New Zealand. I decided to cheat as little as possible, choosing Port Moresby as an unlikely start point. My crossing of the country via the East Cape was not without incident; I came down with Dengue Fever, was chased by men with machettes, had a boat sink and was almost stranded by the monsoon. Eventually I made it over the border to the Indonesian side of the island, mainly due to the incredible kindess of the people I met along the way. Papua New Guinea has some of the nicest people in the world. 

APRIL - JULY 2016: INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, THAILAND, LAOS

From Jayapura, West Papua, I took a week long PELNI ship to Surabaya, Java, then cycled through to Jakarta from where I took another ship onwards to Singapore. From Singapore I rode north into Malaysia, through Thailand to Bangkok and then up into Laos towards the Chinese border.

JULY - SEPTEMBER 2016: CHINA

I rode through Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Xingjiang provinces, over the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau then straight through the Taklamakan Desert, barely making it over the border with less than 5 minutes left on my visa, having cycled almost 4300km against the wind in just 27 days. I was also nearly arrested and was twice hit by traffic. 

OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2016: CENTRAL ASIA

I followed the Silk Road west through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, then on 25th October I spent my birthday in Bukhara and made the decision to try to cycle the remaining 7000km home to England in just two months to surprise my family for Christmas. I started the attempt with a 1000 mile sprint through the desert to Aktau on the Caspian Sea, lost a week and a half waiting for visas, then took a ferry over to Baku, Azerbaijan. 

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2016: AZERBAIJAN TO ENGLAND

With winter taking hold, I rode hard through to Georgia and Turkey, arriving in Istanbul on November 25th, leaving me just under one month to make it home. I raced through Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and France, and took the ferry to Dover on December 24th. Having averaged almost a hundred miles a day for two months, and armed with a pannier full of presents from the Silk Road, I made it home on Christmas Day 2016 to triumphantly surprise my family and claim my share of the Christmas roast.

JANUARY 2017 - APRIL 2018: ENGLAND

Worked in England for a little over a year, saving up for the rest of the trip. I set out again on the 9th April 2018.

APRIL 2018 - AUGUST 2018: NORTHERN EUROPE AND SCANDINAVIA

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Followed the North Sea coast through France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. I then spent a month exploring the spectacular montains and fjords of southern Norway before returning to Sweden, crossing to Finland and then south through the Baltics.

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2018: CENTRAL EUROPE AND THE BALKANS

After switching to a new bike, I rode south through Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania through to Greece, where I caught a flight over the Mediterranean from Athens to Amman.

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DECEMBER 2018 - FEBRUARY 2019: THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

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From Amman, I rode south through Jordan down to Aqaba and caught a ferry over to Egypt. I made it through Sinai to Cairo, then cycled down the Nile valley as far as Aswan. I caught another ferry across Lake Nasser into Sudan and cycled the length of the country, crossing the Sahara Desert and riding over the border into Ethiopia. 

Despite the beauty of its Great Rift Valley, Ethiopia is infamous in bicycle touring circles as one of the most unpleasant and emotionally draining countries in the world to cycle. I spent a month crossing Ethiopia from Humera in the northwest to Moyale in the southeast.

MARCH 2019: ETHIOPIA

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APRIL - JULY 2019: EAST AFRICA

Entering Kenya from the north I rode down to Nairobi, where I took a month off the bike. I then cycled west through the Rift Valley into Uganda, and rode south through to Rwanda. In Kenya and Uganda I also visited a number of schools with which Build Africa have been working and met the local staff, an incredible experience. From Rwanda I crossed into Tanzania and rode south towards Zambia. 

JULY - OCTOBER 2019: SOUTHERN AFRICA

Joining up with a couple of other cyclists, I rode south through Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to reach Cape Town and complete my north-south crossing of the African continent. I stopped in Cape Town for a little under a month before leaving Africa on a flight for São Paulo, Brazil. 

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OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2019: BRAZIL & URUGUAY

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In an interim from my normal type of travelling I spent two months making my way south from Rio de Janeiro down to Buenos Aires (Argentina) through Brazil and Uruguay, using a combination of cycling and local buses. From Buenos Aires I flew down to Ushuaia at the bottom of South America to begin the long road north towards Alaska.

DECEMBER 2019 - JUNE 2020: PATAGONIA

From Tierra del Fuego at the end of the world I spent four months cycling north through Patagonia, crossing back and forth between Argentina and Chile. When the Covid-19 outbreak hit South America I decided to stay on the continent to see how things developed, spending three months in quarantine in  San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. I finally decided to return to Europe, flying back to the UK and reluctantly leaving South America behind for the time being.

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JULY - SEPTEMBER 2021: EUROPE, ROUND 3

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I spent three months over the summer bikepacking through the Alps, making my way east through southern France, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Slovenia. I then went south into Croatia, and back across to Italy by ferry. I crossed the Apennines, and finally made my way back up to Milan, from where I flew back to England and worked for a few months.

JANUARY - APRIL 2021: THE TRANS-KENYA BIKEPACING ROUTE

Spent three months back in Kenya working on a project I'd hand in mind since my first visit in 2019; to put together Kenya's first fully comprehensive, self-supported, long distance bikepacking route. The finished route far exceeded expectations, and is absolutely world class. It wouldn't have been possible without the overwhelming support from many local Kenyans, including the department of tourism in the Rift Valley. The project complete, I returned to England for the summer. 

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