Most cycle blogs consist of sporadic posts that summarise random periods of time. In what is probably an effort to keep things interesting and epic-sounding, details that may seem boring but are nonetheless fundamental components of a cycle-tour (such as rest days necessarily spent lying in bed eating junk food) are often omitted. While I was exploring different ideas about how to present my own story, one particular cycle blog caught my attention because each post covered a single day and basic information such as meals eaten and places slept were included. Being in the midst of planning my own adventure, I found this basic information enthralling and instantly wanted to continue reading to get an understanding of what touring is really like. This experience inspired me to record my own journey on a daily basis.
While it takes a lot of self-discipline to keep a diary going day after day, what motivates me to pick up my dishevelled notepad each night are the following three ideas: (1) my diary will become one of the few public daily records of a complete circumnavigation of the world by bicycle, (2) I want to pursue various writing projects in the future and writing a diary entry every day is a great way to get into the habit of channelling my jumbled ideas into flowing, written sentences, and (3) perhaps the best reason of all, I will forever have a window into every single day of my adventure and moments that I would otherwise forget will be brought rushing back to life.
I hope that you enjoy reading about the day-to-day trials and tribulations of my round-the-world cycle adventure. Get started with Day 1, or visit my Diary page where you can navigate to my first day in each of the countries through which I have ridden.
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