For many years I’ve dreamt of riding from my home all the way to China along the mythical Silk Road, following the footsteps of Marco Polo and many great explorers of ancient times. I’m not the type of guy that is just content to dream. I have to act.
Now is the time for the dream to come true.
Now is the time to live what will most likely be my greatest adventure to date.
Leaving from Paris, my plan is to ride to Switzerland, from there to Austria, then onward to Hungary, across Romania to the port of Constanta. A ferry will then take me to Azerbaijan. A few hundreds kilometers further to Baku where I will hop on another ferry to Kazakhstan. Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are next on the list before crossing the border to China. The last leg of my trip will be dedicated to riding across this fascinating country.
Just like I did on my 2016 Oceania/Asia tour, I plan to ride long distances everyday and take very few rest days Because there’s nothing I like more than being on my bike and because rest days are boring. My goal is to get to Taiwan in 3 or 4 months depending on how many detours I make. This way I won’t have to deal with the cold in Northern and Central China.
Last week I applied for my Uzbekistani visa. Next step is to apply for my chinese visa. I the mean time, I will finish building my Omnium CXC and do some route planning. Hopefully I’ll be ready to leave in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait for the long days on the saddle in places I’ve never been. I’m gonna try and post updates here every two or three days.
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