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Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

15 May 2014 - 1:43pm
Jamesjohnson wrote:My name is James Johnson and I am not a cyclist.
Go for it. There are plenty of non-cyclists that have already done this, many of whom survived. Keep a diary and write a book about it when you get back and you might even cover the costs.

Plenty of similar books out there already though. The names Thomas Stevens and Dervla Murphy come to mind.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

15 May 2014 - 1:27pm
beardy wrote:
I know there are plenty of cheap countries and ways to avoid expense but my bike costs me 5p per mile on all the consumables, brakes, tyres, chains etc not including the initial price of the bike.
So at 50 miles a day that would be half the budget blown!.

That's definitely true. My on the road budget is £5 a day. If you factor in everything, including flights, visas and equippment plus the fact that I had to buy a bike, my budget is probably £12-£15 a day.

Re: To Europe and back with bike on a budget

15 May 2014 - 12:59pm
From Edinburgh, BA works out cheap for S.France as they throw in the Edinburgh-London leg for free, and the bike is free of course. With avios, it's £35 + 9000 avios, all in, return. Even paying cash (via Avios it's £180ish, less via the BA site for many flights probably), I'd be surprised if the bike express coach bus is cheaper, though it offers a different experience of course.

Re: Typical of youth today !

15 May 2014 - 11:34am
It does happen.. a friend of mine and I (aged 20) have spent less than £500 each on a bike and are cycling from Verona back to britain in August - can't wait!

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

15 May 2014 - 7:47am
Deleted -read the OP wrong

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

15 May 2014 - 12:29am
James, I wish you luck! I think it's a brilliant idea. Who here doesn't want to go on a year long multi-continental bike trip? The difference is the amount of planning.. most people will first have done some long day rides, then a weekend trip around their county, some one week tours in Wales, a couple of weeks abroad (in France!), before contemplating such a trip. But surely this is the way to go, everyone should do this, stop over thinking it, and just go! I've been thinking for almost a year of a similar trip which won't begin for another year at least (have other things on my plate) and by the time I set off I will have spent thousands of hours debating the merits of gear, staring at maps, reading blogs and forums, thinking which bike to get, learning maintenance, and done a few short tours to test out the kit, and I sometimes wish I had none of that and could have just gone a few weeks after the idea first hit me. On the other hand when it did, I had already done many long day rides to know I like cycling enough and a fair bit of non-cycle travel to have a feeling this would suit me, though I still wonder if three months into it I will get sick of it.

Another Tom (Tom Allen), one of my favourite touring resources, refers a lot to this idea of spontaneous journeys e.g. http://tomsbiketrip.com/the-art-of-the- ... d-journey/ he has lots of other stuff I am sure you will find relevant if you haven't already. I like your blog, it reads well. One thing is it sounds like you have a fairly fixed idea of your schedule e.g. the second leg taking 83 days, I wonder how much flexibility you have in it, say if you run into visa issues or you just want to stay somewhere longer. Most people would probably say a year to circumnavigate the world is a bit too fast to do it justice but I think a faster sort of trip can be fun as well..

How's the Iran visa looking? I heard as of recently British citizens need a guide to get the visa, I wonder whether this is now being strictly enforced. You can probably go around the Caucasus and take the boat across the Caspian sea if Iran is out of the question..

Good luck! Will be interesting to see how you get on.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

14 May 2014 - 11:58pm
spending just £5 a day for 404(ish)

I know there are plenty of cheap countries and ways to avoid expense but my bike costs me 5p per mile on all the consumables, brakes, tyres, chains etc not including the initial price of the bike.
So at 50 miles a day that would be half the budget blown!

Hope you have a nice trip, I do agree that you only make these things happen if you just go and DO them. If the cycling isnt to your liking then you can ditch/sell it and carry on by other means, not difficult to change like that.

It would make sense not to overdo the cycling at first and to build up the miles slowly, after all you will not be short of practice by the time you finish. However, human nature almost guarantees that you will overdo things at first.

Best to buy a tube of Conotrane (Boots sell it) before you leave.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

14 May 2014 - 11:46pm
It is pretty strange.

I decided I wanted to travel the world but can't afford a RTW ticket on a plane and reading blogs and books such as Tom Bruce's 'Every Inch of the Way' made me want to try.

If I don't like cycling at the start then hopefully I'll like it by the end.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

14 May 2014 - 11:34pm
just seems strange for first tour to be the big one, You may not like cycling, other than for a few miles?

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

14 May 2014 - 11:28pm
Hi mercalia,

Yes, this is for real. Before this trip I was in Korea for a year and that's all in the blog too, I've been running it for over a year. I'm 23 and live in London.

Another CTC member, rory, should be able to vouch for me, as I bought his bike a few weeks ago. Not sure how to link him into this thread though, I'm pretty new to forums. Not sure how else I can prove I'm genuine but if you have any questions I'll answer them.

I know it sounds pretty bold.

Re: Dried ready meals …

14 May 2014 - 11:08pm
I dont like ready meals especially stuff like packet rice things.I find they just dont provide enough energy. So tomorrow im hauling home made pasties, malt loaves, muesli bars,dried yoghurt, muesli, and bananas. Yes it weighs 3 kg but it repays me many times over in energy compared to packet stuff. Some days I need 5000+ calories, and i make that about 25 packets of ready meal...

I much prefer home made food, after 3 days it runs out and I rely on my bamboo mat to make sushi Pick up stuff for baguettte sandwiches. If I cant reach a supermarket by then, well I must be really remote!!! I dont touch ready meals except to keep a couple as emergency food. I do carry some dry soya mince too but thats protein...

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

14 May 2014 - 11:08pm
this for real?

First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

14 May 2014 - 9:54pm
Hello to everyone at CTC.

My name is James Johnson and I am not a cyclist. Well, I'm not a cyclist yet, but I will be soon. A few weeks ago I bought myself a second hand Surly LHT from this very site and on Monday I will begin my first ever tour. Where am I going? Around London, no. Down to Brighton, not quite. My first tour will be an attempt to circumnavigate the globe on a bicycle.

I decided to do this a few months ago as I was running out of ideas that would let me put off getting a job. I've also always wanted to see more of the world, but I'm not a big fan of anything touristy (such as famous buildings, churches ect.). I figure seeing the world by bike will give me an interesting new perspective, in more ways than one.

I should also mention that this tour is being done on the smallest budget I can manage, spending just £5 a day for 404(ish) days. I will pass through Europe, the Middle East, China and the USA before returning home sometime in March 2015.

I hope you will wish me luck and if you are interested check out my blog http://jamesvsworld.com/

I will probably be asking a few questions along the way and I hope you'll help me with those too.

Thanks,

James

Typical of youth today !

14 May 2014 - 8:17pm
I would like to think so. Two great young lads making the most of their youth and energy. I like their bikes and it just goes to show that you really do not have to spend thousands on a bike to tour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dwjdklymkU

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

14 May 2014 - 8:16pm
Living near Portsmouth you are spoilt for choice of crossings.
Look at http://ldlines.co.uk/ and www.brittany-ferries.co.uk Between them they offer destinations: Le Havre, or St Malo, or Cherbourg, or Ouistreham.

Find a crossing which suits your timetable.
A single centre trip would be ideal for a start.
As has been said by other contributors above, France is brilliant for cycling.

Re: Dried ready meals …

14 May 2014 - 8:02pm
nirakaro wrote:Are too expensive, so I was thinking of trying to do homemade ones. Mixing perhaps, some dried vegetables, soya mince, easy-cook rice, and a pack of cuppaSoup, or some such. Any hints, experience, advice?
I think that would work - my main advice would be to try it at home first in case you find it inedible . A pot cosy made of insulating material would save cooking fuel and also help prevent the whole lot from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

A few months ago I posted this which I found on another site. I don't know how practical it would be for you but you could modify it:

Spud bomb:
Recipe: 2 cups instant mashed potatoes, half cup crushed nut mix, quarter cup tomato powder, half cup crushed fritos, quarter cup chopped sun dried tomatoes, quarter cup dried falafel powder, quarter cup shredded parmesan cheese, half teaspoon garlic powder, half teaspoon onion powder, half teaspoon each salt and pepper, half teaspoon dried italian seasoning. Mix it all up in a bowl measure out 3.5 oz per meal add water to liking let sit 5 minutes and eat

I presume hot water is intended - I might be tempted to form into patties and fry.

Re: Dried ready meals …

14 May 2014 - 7:31pm
You are more likely to get results on a hiking site - cyclists can mostly hit shops often enough not to need to dehydrate.

You can get dehydrators so that you can cook meals at home and dehydrate them for your trips.
Examples:
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/gear ... 34480.html
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/gear ... 25694.html
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/gear ... 28752.html
--> http://campingcookbook.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/gear ... 52529.html
There's more available if you search the site.

Re: Dried ready meals …

14 May 2014 - 7:05pm
FarOeuf wrote:nirakaro wrote:Thanks for the answers, but I already know about cheese, sardines, tuna, salami, bread, and all the other nice things you can get in shops. I'm thinking specifically about lightweight food to carry when I'm out of range of shops.

if you make it all at home and carry it with you, it's hardly lightweight. 'buy as you go' is lightweight, you're only realistically out of shop-range for 3-5 days at a time. unless of course you're talking about going away from home for 3-5 days, rather than a 2+ week tour?

agree - on a couple of occasions when ive had the thought that i might not encounter shops ive carried a couple of "shop" bought dehydrated meals - about a fiver a time so didnt break the bank - I think I used one in anger somewhere - ive never found it particularly difficult to come up with "an in case I dont find something" meal to keep in the bag - most of the time the shop ones get left in whatever camp kitchen is last before the airport - the one i ate was not particularly tasty or satisfying - but luckily i had a good collection of other odds and ends in the food bag

Re: Dried ready meals …

14 May 2014 - 6:26pm
nirakaro wrote:Thanks for the answers, but I already know about cheese, sardines, tuna, salami, bread, and all the other nice things you can get in shops. I'm thinking specifically about lightweight food to carry when I'm out of range of shops.

if you make it all at home and carry it with you, it's hardly lightweight. 'buy as you go' is lightweight, you're only realistically out of shop-range for 3-5 days at a time. unless of course you're talking about going away from home for 3-5 days, rather than a 2+ week tour?

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