In March 2018 I set off from my home in Amsterdam on a bike trip to the Great Wall of China. Fifteen months and more than thirty thousand kilometers later I returned, having not only made it to China but around the world.
The second leg of the trip took me down under. Starting out from Perth, Australia, I inched my way across the seemingly infinite Nullarbor plain, had a brief taste of an Australian heatwave, and finished off in wet and sandy fashion on New Zealand's ninety mile beach.
Leg three saw me crossing the United States from coast to coast. Beginnning in San Francisco I followed the Pacific Coast Highway before turning east towards New York. En route I got to meet a cowboy, a Methodist pastor, Appalachian hikers, and many more colourful characters.
To complete the bike trip I set out from Porto, Portugal, followed the network of pilgrim routes centered around Santiago de Compostela, and made my way back to Amsterdam from there.
How about skipping bits?
Not unless it was absolutely necessary. Riding a bicycle across oceans is not an option so that meant taking boats or aeroplanes. When on land I wanted to cover every millimetre by bicycle. These were the exceptions: