About the project
Solo cycling expedition around the world. The planned route is more than 80,000 km long, passing through more than 80 countries and I will be more than three years on the route. On my own, without a support vehicle, with fully loaded baggage I will travel through the mountains and deserts, through the rugged countryside but also meeting the world’s civilization. I want to conquer the highest mountain saddles available to the bicycle and see the most beautiful places in the world. Starting at home in Slovakia and continuing through the Europe, from which I will pass to the Middle East, Asia, Australia, across the South and North America through Africa and back to Europe. The path leads through all the continents except Antarctica. I am fascinated by the different culture and diversity of the world. On my way, I will visit famous places and cities but also deserted, poorly visited and history overfilled corners, pilgrimage spots, etc.
Traveling around the world on a bicycle more than 80 000 km in more than three years, this might sound bold, and for someone even unrealistic. Perhaps you ask why am I going on this dangerous expedition alone on my own. Mainly because it is very difficult to persuade someone for such an adventure. The one have to leave his or hers current lifestyle, Slovakia and everything that is close to him or her and that’s not always easy. At the same time, he or she have to be capable of such a journey and able to overcome all the obstacles.
On the bike I will travel for “heavy”. That means I will carry all the baggage with me. For some difficult areas such as deserts and abandoned locations, I would have to extend the standard equipment with a large container of water and increased food supplies, alternatively, some antifreeze covers and packages. Most of the time, i will sleep in a tent or under the “bare sky”. In some areas with low temperatures a high-quality sleeping bag might come handy.
I will make statistics for each stage, not only mileage but also climbed altitude, temperature, the best moments of concrete stages, etc. Documentation of all the moments will be provided not only by multimedia tools such as photos and videos but writings in a diary as well. Of course, i won’t be able to avoid some negative experiences and various “fails”; these will be recorded in the diary log, too.
Every idea, every story begins in our mind and if we provide enough determination acts, our idea will materialize into reality. We all have our dreams and for few years now, one of my dreams is drilling in my head. Classics speaks it clearly – dreams are meant to be fulfilled, otherwise they will slowly decay and cause us only trouble. My dream is to travel around the world. And not only the simple world travel. Taking a plane to fly around the world is too easy, on the other hand walking is very time consuming, and nowadays time is just too expensive. As I cyclist, I decided to combine business with pleasure and travel on a bike. The main advantage of this method of traveling is the direct contact with the land and it’s people.
This way is not just about cycling-it’s meant only as the transportation tool. Mainly it’s about acquiring knowledge and experience, which I hope to get from the people around the world. It’s about learning about myself, about other cultures and ways of life, about overcoming technical problems, about the approach to nature that is disappearing in front of our eyes, about the return to our human nature outside of the world of consumerism; it’s all about the freedom and effort to move on both physically and mentally. One of the goals is also to discover the world faces and feel the freedom from the first hand, appreciate the feeling of luxury (shower, bed) that you can enjoy every day. It’s an adventure, where I will have to rely on my own instincts and trying to survive only with supplies I will carry with me.
I want to visit as many as possible mysterious and mystical places and the hidden depths of human soul as well. I want to receive the beauty of the world in any form but most importantly to reach the finish alive and healthy. I want to discover myself and spend a part of my life in a world that has not been created with the hand of man.
Besides cycling, I will try to spend some time with other various activities, such as refreshing treks to attractive places. I will try to visit also walking and hiking spots in the Caucasus, Pamir, the Himalayas, Karakoram, Tian Sian, Andes and mountains of North America. My journey will face many challenges. In addition to overcoming the highest saddles, unpopulated and inaccessible areas I will also have to face all the beauty of this world. Sceneries, trails, people, culture, customs-these all will be captured in such a form as I saw it on my journey. I want to share everything I will experience and see, therefore I will try to get these moments to people, even in the limited options.
I intend to taste the local specialties, and afterwards create my own summaries and recommendations for interesting food and beverages, as well as a list of attractive hills, beaches, cities and also people who gave me a helping hand on the road or donated a simple smile. I will be happy, if my project could help to popularize cycling as an alternative way of discovering new countries and active recreation; meant the bicycle as an ideal eco-transport, not for short distances only. After my return, I will have sufficient basis for writing a book depicting the way, attractions and traveled countries.