When we tell people we are going on a 15 month bicycle tour, the first question we are asked is “Where are you going?” The simplest answer to the question is, “we are going east.”
When we first talked about this trip in September 2007, it was only 4 months and involved cycling across Canada from Vancouver to St. John’s. However, I wasn’t so sure about cycling long distances with a regular touring bike. My experience last summer cycling in PEI was an indicator that with anything longer than 80km per day my neck and wrists were not happy. I wanted to try out the idea of long distance cycling on a recumbent. Unfortunately, it was too late in the season to buy a new bike, learn how to ride it, and be ready for a cross-Canada tour by mid-May. So, we decide to start in August and extend the trip to include parts of Europe and Southeast Asia — always, “going east” until we got back to Ottawa.
The adventure has changed a little since then. We now have plans to concentrate on cycling across Canada, around the Middle East, and around the Far East. We are also hoping to accomplish this entire journey without an airplane flight.
Our itinerary keeps changing, and likely wont be solid until the trip is complete! Click here for the latest plan.