Morning Rest by Lake Karakul, Tajikistan

The previous day was one of those that simply makes you feel alive: we had passed the 4,650-meter Akbaital Pass, gotten caught up in a snowstorm and then spent the night in the ruins of an ancient roadside caravanserai. Living

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Starting on the 10th of June, I and my friend Pontus pedalled our way from Singapore to Bali (Indonesia). Our 75 days of summer vacation was not long enough to cycle all of the way though, so from Western Sumatra

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Shoes

I found this decade-old pic of the shoes from my first backpacking trip. Oozing with the pleasure of using something until its day beyond repair. And with the irony that its best day is its last day — full of

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Golf du Morbihan nearby Le Hezo

This summer I did a three-week cycle tour (1,750 kilometre) through Brittany and Normandy with a friend from university, Pontus. We mostly focused on the coast, but did a few detours inland when there were interesting things to see there,

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Our bicycles at a petrol station

Suggestions on what to bring and why. Bicycle Frame material For touring cycling it is recommended to use a frame made of a common material, which is possible to get repaired in most countries. The choice is thus between aluminium

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Monumento a Manuel Cerveira Prereira (Manuel Cerveira Prereira Monument) at Praia Morena (Morena Beach). Benguela, Angola.

Have a look at my recent guest contribution to worldbiking.info on bicycle touring in Angola: http://www.worldbiking.info/wordpress/2011/03/bicycle-touring-angol/. Amaya Williams and Eric Schambion of worldbiking.info have been on the road since June 2006 with the humble aim of cycling all the countries of the world.

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Finland

Home Again

September 10th, 2009. From Vaalimaa, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden. 5 day(s) and 403 kilometres.
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After a night with Couchsurfer Lukas in Åbo, I take the twenty-euro ferry back to Sweden. The lunch buffet on-board is sold by its weight — expensive for a cyclist. I eat the last pieces of a Russian bread loaf

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Why I left

Why I Left

September 4th, 2009. From St Petersburg, Russia to Vaalimaa, Finland. 1 day(s) and 140 kilometres.
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I cycle the last 140 or so kilometres from St Petersburg to Finland. It is a dead boring road with lots of trucks, but worth it for the feeling of actually having cycled home again. As I close in on

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Russia

The Trans-Siberian Railway

August 30th, 2009. From Beijing, China to St Petersburg, Russia. 1 day(s) and 5 kilometres.
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I buy a ticket for the train to Moscow. 2,370 Yuan + 130 Yuan for the bicycle, which will be transported in a cargo wagon at the very back of the train. The train is surprisingly empty; my cabin has

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China

Beijing

August 24th, 2009. From Chahar Youyi Houqi to Beijing, China. 8 day(s) and 625 kilometres.
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I reach Beijing after another eight days of cycling. I stay for a few days with Spanish friend Edu, before I begin my journey home to Sweden with the Trans-Siberian Railway to Moscow. This trip has been much different from

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China

More of the Same

August 6th, 2009. From Wuda to Chahar Youyi Houqi, China. 7 day(s) and 705 kilometres.
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Hilly roads. One puncture. A small, roadside village restaurant. The silence is wonderful; the calm is overwhelming and contagious. The calm is embodied by the woman who sits solo crocheting at the petrol station and by the mid-aged farmer who

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Wuda, China

Faded Stars

July 26th, 2009. From Zhongwei to Wuda, China. 4 day(s) and 315 kilometres.
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My skin is covered in a thin layer of pitch-black coal dust as I reach the hotel by early afternoon. I have held my breath several times along the road for the toxic smoke in all shades of grey that

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China

Random China Observations

July 21st, 2009. From Naohoa to Zhongwei, China. 6 day(s) and 663 kilometres.
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I cycle along the Great Wall for a while, and then a stretch along the Yellow River. There are bright orange desert dunes directly to the north of the road, and green lands and low mountain ranges just south. Absolutely

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Jiayuguai, China

Jiayu Pass

July 14th, 2009. From Yumen to Naohoa, China. 2 day(s) and 231 kilometres.
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No wind. Puncture. Cloudy. Good days. I visit the Jiayu Pass — the first pass of the Great Wall coming from the west.

China

From Silk Route to Factories and Prostitution

July 12th, 2009. From Anxi to Yumen, China. 3 day(s) and 193 kilometres.
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Three days of terrible headwind through a desolate, monotonous landscape through Hexi Corridor (a part of the Northern Silk Route), Gansu Province. In industry town Yumen, the factories are enormous and the city is full of prostitution — maybe something that

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