Just an exciting quick wee update here…
- Spoke Mountain Bike Magazine from New Zealand has published an article, written by me, and some photos from the Central Asia leg of my journey. My Aunty Les kindly scanned the article for me. You can check out the scanned version below, or order your own subscription to this classy magazine at www.spokemagazine.com
- Markus Wagner from Germany is just days away from embarking on a 15,000km cycle journey from the Black Forest in Germany to the Yellow Sea, China. The journey, Cycling Without Borders, is in aid of German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe) and Youth for Understanding (YFU). I stayed with Markus in Germany, and it will be a pleasure to see him tackle a similar route to the one I took across the Eurasian Continent.
- Anyone want to play with Garmin GPS files? Here are the GPS files I have downloaded so far from the trip. If you’re savvy at Google Earth and all that, feel free to kill some time and make a pretty fly-over of my route or something. If you can make it into some kind of movie file, you’d be my hero.
You’ll notice that in the Key West to DeRidder file, there is a huge chunk of info missing. This is because I didn’t realise that the track would loop ontop of itself once the cache on the GPS unit was full. That means that about 600 miles of GPS data is missing. The same case for the Europe file also, I think. There are all the waypoints I put in however, so I hope that will make up for the lack of actual track log.
- Billionaire Boys Club / Ice Cream Shoes has come to the rescue and hooked me up with some ridiculously stylish shoes for the ongoing journey. The shoes I have been wearing are the Ice Cream Board Flips. I originally bought them because the were on special at a shoe store in Key West, Florida. They have been awesome, and have given me no blisters apart from some small niggles earlier on. Super hard wearing soles too. Over 1,700 miles on one pair so far. Thanks to BBC Ice Cream for supplying the kicks!
- Last but not least, the forecast for the wind is south east for the next few days. Then headwinds for a while. Humidity is forecast to be not much more than 20% during the days…I’m heading for some dry country. 60 miles will be the longest stretch during the ride from Del Rio to El Paso where I won’t have any services. Ouch.
- Oh, and one more thing, you may have noticed a link to Groove Salad on the main page. On the right, right at the bottom. When I update the website, that’s the internet radio music I’m listening to.
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