Cycling around the world – ?

Currently in: Bangkok, Thailand!

Finishing University, the traditional path of immediately settling into a job just didn't ... excite me. One day, probably avoiding studying, I stumbled onto an article about someone who had cycled around the world. What?! It was actually possible to do that?

A seed was sewn, a dream born - that same day I promised myself; I was going to cycle around the world.

I eagerly rushed to tell my flatmates, assuming they would share my newfound enthusiasm and passion. Instead, they told me I was crazy, told me it would never happen, that it was 'other' people who did that. Sure, I knew it was a challenge... but by then it was too late; Pandora's box was opened, something inside me awoken, and my life's direction forever changed.

I was driven by experiences. I wanted to see the world. I wanted to meet people. I craved different foods, different cultures, seeing things I had never imagined. I was certain this would lead to stories, and memories, and happiness. It seemed like the most sensible decision in the world.

14 Comment

  1. Awesome! My sister and brother in-law Dawn and Kevin from England told us about your amazing adventure. When you get to America, we welcome you from Seattle!!

    1. Hi Teri,
      Thanks so much! Great to hear from you and I look forward to meeting you in Seattle. Keep following along on the blog and on my Facebook page!

  2. Hi friend
    Nice meeting u.
    Thank you.
    I am greatfull….

  3. Prasanna sanjeevi says: Reply

    This One is Epic Journey ! Be Safe !

    You’re Inspirational !!👍

  4. Dylan Hopkinson says: Reply

    Hi Josiah

    I’m about 3 months behind you, found your site through a comment on http://www.ridinground.com.
    I was wondering how you were getting on and preparing for Central Asia. Good luck with it all. I’d be interested to hear how your visa arrangements have been going, what’s your strategy been? I’m looking at Georgia (Christmas) > Azerbaijan > Kazakhstan > Uzbekistan > Kyrgyzstan > Kazakhstan most likely for a flight to India unless I decide to see if visas are in the offing in Bishkek for the long way round through China.

    Get in touch if you can spare the time, otherwise I hope it all goes smoothly for you. Have a wild time.

    All the best
    Dylan

    1. Hi Dylan,
      Really pleased you found my site, and I hope it has been useful!

      I have just finished cycling across Central Asia and reached Bishkek. That’s a good trip, and you’ll have less drastically hot conditions than I did.
      In terms of visas, I expect the only visas you need will be Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan – you can get 30 days for both. For many countries, Kazakhstan is visa-free for 15 days, and Kyrgyzstan is visa-free for 60 days.
      15 days is enough to cross the 600km from the Caspian Sea to Uzbekistan. The hardest part in terms of visas is Uzbekistan and its registration policy; you are meant to register every 3 days, however sometimes you have desert stretches of 500km. When you enter Uzbekistan you will have 500km until the first hotel in Nukus. Similarly, between Khiva and Bukhara, there are nearly 550km with little in the way of hotels. Many cyclists will choose to take a train or taxi for these stretches – I cycled however, and by the time I left I had four 5-day gaps in my registration slips. My registration slips were checked by the police four times, and they always understood when I said I was travelling by bike. On the ground in Uzbekistan, visa registration seems much less scary than the internet would have you believe.
      Currently I’m stuck in Bishkek. It is impossible to get Chinese visa here unless you have lived or worked here for 6 months. I’m considering options and may be flying to China myself!

      Feel free to get in touch with any other questions you have. I have a lot of information on my Facebook page too: http://www.facebook.com/josiahskeats/

      Josiah

  5. Good luck & enjoy your adventure!

    1. Thank You So Much! If the first few days are anything to go by… I will!

  6. Vicky Brenchley says: Reply

    Let the epic journey begin! You inspirational hero!!!

    1. Thanks so much Vicky! Can’t wait to keep you updated with how it all goes! 🙂

  7. Have an amazing trip and keep safe

    1. Thanks Dawn – Can’t wait!

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