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(as of July 2019):

SOUTHERN AFRICA

ABOUT

Hey, I'm Tristan. Welcome to my site.

 

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. That first bike ride has now gotten well and truly out of hand as I am now planning on spending the next five years cycling more than 100,000 km through over 100 countries on six continents. A good old fashioned adventure.

I'm also riding for an amazing charity, Build Africa, fundraising to support disadvantaged schools in Kenya and Uganda. Find out more HERE or donate now.

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: whatridley@gmail.com

MAPS

ROUTE CYCLED SO FAR (AS OF APRIL 2019):

ORIGINAL ROUTE PLAN FROM ENGLAND, MADE IN 2017:

COUNTRY PLAN (DATES ARE APPROXIMATE)

May - August 2019: Africa:

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa

September 2019 - Late 2020: South America, Central America

2021+ : North America, Asia

STATISTICS

COUNTRIES CYCLED

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, 

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

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

Africa: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia

Distance: 46,000 km

Countries: 53

Time on the bike: 2 years, 4 months

Biggest daily distance: 330km, China

Biggest daily climb: 3000m, Tibet

Top speed: 81km/hour, New Zealand

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

Most cycle friendly: Netherlands

Least cycle friendly: Ethiopia

Friendliest people: Papua New Guinea

Best food: Indonesia

Worst food: Papua New Guinea

Last updated: July 2019

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

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.

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

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. 

MARCH 2019: 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.