The ever-intrepid Cat & Adam in their cycling finery!
My friend Cat and her boyfriend Adam are currently on a cycling journey – from London to Australia, via the world!! It is definitely the most ambitious and inspirational trip of any kind that anyone I know has ever undertaken.
From their temporary home in London (both are Australian) they have so far cycled across Europe (France to Greece and lots of pretty places in between), across Turkey on what sounded like an epic journey in itself, and as I type are traversing Georgia. Next, it’s the ‘stans (think Borat’s homeland!), Iran, a ferry over to UAE and Oman, then to Sri Lanka (ok, they have to fly there but then it’s cycling all the way). Then its across to India and non-stop cycling from south to north, to Nepal, Tibet and into China, down into southeast Asia (and hopefully a pitstop at my place!) and finally, to Oz.
Cat with some gypsy thugs, pretending to be friendly for the camera (actually the one on the right looks pretty scary)
Tales of camping in the wild, encounters with gypsy thugs, the overwhelming hospitality of strangers and awesome sights and scenery along the way are all chronicled in Cat and Adam’s blog Cycling2Oz if you want to join me in some armchair travelling! Am looking forward to their Asia leg and when they finally make it to sunny Saigon for some much needed R&R (am thinking massages, pedicures and hairwashes at Jasmine – maybe some beard maintenance for Adam!) though there’s many an adventure ahead of them before then. Can’t wait to read more. I hope they make a film or write a book about their experience!
Adam tackling some mountainous terrain in Turkey
So – where would you go/what would you do if you were going to undertake some kind of epic journey across the world? I’d love to follow the ancient spice route on a food-focussed journey, taking in markets and souks, spice gardens, tea and coffee plantations, authentic, family-run restaurants, cooking schools and staying in atmospheric hotels with character and history along the way…what about you?