Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Epic bike trip, Step 1: and so it begins again!

Hello all!

I'm resurrecting this blog, this time with more hats ( or perhaps more belugas?), but the same intention:  a trip of an epic scale, with the primary mode of transportation being the bicycle.  Yes, as most of you already know, Michael and I are taking next year (July 2014-July 2015) to cycle around (part of the) world.  

How did we come to such a decision? The conversation went something like this:

Yvonne: What do you next year, Michael? Should we look into teaching abroad?
Michael: I don't know... A lot of the jobs abroad are teaching ESL, and I'd rather teach French. What if we worked two years here and then just went away for a year-long holiday? 
Yvonne: Well, why wait two years? Why don't we go next year?

So as you can see, this trip was a bit of a compromise - he didn't want to work and I didn't want to wait.  You do what you gotta do!

And the first step is to get inspired. Here are some websites and books that we would suggest for getting that done.

this couple roadtripped and cycled for a year. They give a very complete list of everything they took, which is very helpful if you're thinking of a trip of your own!

These two took three years to cycle actually around the world (which is why we are only attempting a part). They have a free e-book that you can download called Bike-touring Basics -give it a read!

This is an excellent book, available from Michael's favourite store (MEC).  I love their description of SouthEast Asia: More cultural variety than anywhere else -and the best food! Ideal first timers' destination. 

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