In March 2018 I set off on a bike trip from Amsterdam to the Great Wall of China. I don't have a blog, facebook page or twitter feed. I am carrying along a gps tracker that updates my position on the map and a small camera.
On the first leg of my trip I followed the via Claudia Augusta over the Alps, the via Francigena through Italy and the via Egnatia into Istanbul. From there I continued along the Black Sea and through the Caucasus to Baku, Azerbaijan.
For the third leg I followed the Pamir highway from Dushanbe to Bishkek. From the outset, this was the part of the trip that I’d been the most excited about and it hasn't disappointed. The scenery is rugged and varied, the roads are challenging and great for cycling, and the stars at night are nothing short of spectacular.
The final leg of the bike trip will involve crossing through China from Ürümqi in the west to Bejing in the east. I hope to make it to the Great Wall before winter well and truly sets in.
Last but not least, for interested bike and camping gear nerds, here's a detailed list of the stuff I'm carrrying along with me.