Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bicycling Trip in Asia: Part 1

I ride my bicycle a lot. It's good exercise, and so to help motivate me to keep doing that, I track my bicycling distance and plot it on a map, as if I were on a long cross-continent journey. I've been doing this since October 2009, during which time I've "ridden" from my front door to Homer, Alaska (28½ months), and across Australia, Sydney to Perth (14 months). But those trips (4,628.5 and 2,472 miles, respectively) are pretty short in comparison to what's next.

All this is part of a lifelong goal of mine to ride my bicycle "around the world", in a manner of speaking. North America was first, Australia was second; continuing east-to-west, Asia is third. And Asia is a big one. (In fact, it's the biggest!)

Given that the last trip ended in Perth, Australia, I thought it made the most sense to start the Asia trip in Singapore. (I also considered the southern tip of India, but starting in India wouldn't really be "cross-continent".) And starting from Singapore, you could theoretically drive or bike all the way across South Asia to Istanbul and continue into Europe...I think. I'm a little unsure whether there is an actual road between Myanmar and India, and even if there is a road there, it's almost certainly unpaved, and probably in pretty bad shape. But hey, Google Maps says it's there, and that's good enough for me! "Realism" is not the goal here; it would be too difficult to actually simulate a cross-Asia bicycling journey. I would need to borrow Amber's mountain bike for that. (But only for certain sections. Almost all of the route is paved, and some of it is even on Google Street View. The Myanmar-to-India stretch is really the only questionable part.)

Such a journey would also be a logistical nightmare, and probably not all that safe, given that I'll be passing through Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. By the way, even though Pakistan and India share a pretty long border, did you know there is only ONE public port of entry between the two countries? My route actually does pass through that single port of entry, which has to count for something.

Well, anyway, since the Singapore-to-Istanbul journey is so long - at 7,488 miles, it's longer than the Alaska and Australia bicycling trips combined - I'm splitting it into two halves, with the first half ending in New Delhi. At my current pace, I'll get to New Delhi in around two years (May 2015), and Istanbul in another 21 months after that (February 2017). Oh, and once I get to Istanbul, I'm going to keep going across Europe all the way to Gibraltar; that'll take another 16 months (June 2018).

(UPDATE: I made it to New Delhi in January 2015, a full four months ahead of schedule. I've been riding a lot lately.)

LAST UPDATE: 3 Jan 2015 - Part 1 complete

This Google Map shows my progress. Each placemark indicates one week. Blue route = completed route. The routes shown on the map may not be exact, but are close enough for my purposes. (With the new Google Maps, I haven't figured out how to have driving directions appear in different colors, so I'm not showing the remaining route anymore. And, it won't let you customize an embedded map, either, so you'll have to click to zoom in yourself.)



Part 1 statistics:
Total distance: 3,902.0 miles
Started 21 May 2013, completed 3 Jan 2015
Trip length: 592 days (1 year, 7 months, 13 days)
Average weekly distance: 46.1 miles/week

Time spent in each country:
Singapore: 4 days (19 miles, 33 miles/week)
Malaysia: 77 days (510 miles, 46 miles/week)
Thailand: 156 days (920 miles, 41 miles/week)
Myanmar: 129 days (852 miles, 46 miles/week)
India: 226 days (1,602 miles, 50 miles/week)

Weekly trip distances: (does not include 31 Dec 2014 - 3 Jan 2015)
0 miles: 1 week
1 - 9 miles: 0 weeks
10 - 19 miles: 9 weeks
20 - 29 miles: 9 weeks
30 - 39 miles: 7 weeks
40 - 49 miles: 16 weeks
50 - 59 miles: 23 weeks
60 - 69 miles: 15 weeks (up from 2 weeks during the Australia trip)
70 - 79 miles: 2 weeks
80 - 89 miles: 1 week
100+ miles: 1 week (includes my 83-mile ride on 18 Dec 2014)

Trip log
(Only showing country and state lines, and major cities, to make this log shorter)

21 May 2013: Start of trip - Marina South Pier, Singapore
21 May 2013: City - Singapore city center
25 May 2013: Country - Malaysia (State - Johor)
25 May 2013: City - Johor Bahru, Malaysia
11 Jun 2013: State - Malacca, Malaysia
15 Jun 2013: State - Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
17 Jun 2013: City - Seremban, Malaysia
23 Jun 2013: State - Selangor, Malaysia
27 Jun 2013: National Capital - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 Jul 2013: State - Perak, Malaysia
18 Jul 2013: City - Ipoh, Malaysia
27 Jul 2013: State - Kedah, Malaysia
27 Jul 2013: State - Penang, Malaysia
27 Jul 2013: City - Butterworth, Malaysia
29 Jul 2013: State - Kedah, Malaysia
8 Aug 2013: City - Alor Setar, Malaysia
10 Aug 2013: Country - Thailand (Province - Songkhla)
22 Aug 2013: City - Hat Yai, Thailand
24 Aug 2013: Province - Phatthalung, Thailand
5 Sep 2013: Province - Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
14 Sep 2013: Province - Surat Thani, Thailand
22 Sep 2013: City - Surat Thani, Thailand
28 Sep 2013: Province - Chumphon, Thailand
6 Oct 2013: City - Chumphon, Thailand
19 Oct 2013: Province - Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
27 Oct 2013: City - Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
9 Nov 2013: Province - Phetchaburi, Thailand
16 Nov 2013: Province - Ratchaburi, Thailand
16 Nov 2013: Province - Samut Songkhram, Thailand
16 Nov 2013: Province - Samut Sakhon, Thailand
21 Nov 2013: Province - Bangkok, Thailand
23 Nov 2013: National Capital - Bangkok, Thailand
23 Nov 2013: Province - Nonthaburi, Thailand
23 Nov 2013: Province - Pathum Thani, Thailand
1 Dec 2013: Province - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
1 Dec 2013: City - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
5 Dec 2013: Province - Ang Thong, Thailand
7 Dec 2013: Province - Sing Buri, Thailand
7 Dec 2013: Province - Chainat, Thailand
15 Dec 2013: Province - Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
15 Dec 2013: City - Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
19 Dec 2013: Province - Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand
1 Jan 2014: City - Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand
4 Jan 2014: Province - Tak, Thailand
12 Jan 2014: City - Mae Sot, Thailand
13 Jan 2013: Country - Myanmar (State - Kayin)
25 Jan 2014: City - Hpa-An, Myanmar
30 Jan 2014: State - Mon, Myanmar
1 Feb 2014: City - Thaton, Myanmar
9 Feb 2014: Region - Bago, Myanmar
20 Feb 2014: City - Daik-u, Myanmar
1 Mar 2014: City - Taungoo, Myanmar
6 Mar 2014: Region - Mandalay, Myanmar
8 Mar 2014: National Capital - Naypyidaw, Myanmar
24 Mar 2014: City - Meiktila, Myanmar
30 Mar 2014: Halfway point - Singapore to New Delhi
5 Apr 2014: City - Mandalay, Myanmar
5 Apr 2014: Region - Sagaing, Myanmar
12 Apr 2014: City - Shwebo, Myanmar
11 May 2014: City - Kalaymyo, Myanmar
14 May 2014: State - Chin, Myanmar
17 May 2014: Region - Sagaing, Myanmar
22 May 2014: Country - India (State - Manipur)
1 Jun 2014: City - Imphal, India
8 Jun 2014: State - Nagaland, India
16 Jun 2014: City - Dimapur, India
19 Jun 2014: State - Assam, India
4 Jul 2014: City - Nagaon, India
13 Jul 2014: State - Meghalaya, India
13 Jul 2014: State - Assam, India
13 Jul 2014: City - Guwahati, India
25 Jul 2014: City - Bongaigaon, India
2 Aug 2014: State - West Bengal, India
4 Aug 2014: City - Alipurduar, India
16 Aug 2014: City - Siliguri, India
30 Aug 2014: State - Bihar, India
1 Sep 2014: State - West Bengal, India
2 Sep 2014: State - Bihar, India
4 Sep 2014: City - Purnia, India
20 Sep 2014: City - Begusarai, India
7 Oct 2014: City - Patna, India
26 Oct 2014: State - Uttar Pradesh, India
30 Oct 2014: City - Varanasi, India
10 Nov 2014: City - Allahabad, India
29 Nov 2014: City - Kanpur, India
13 Dec 2014: City - Etawah, India
18 Dec 2014: Halfway point - Singapore to Istanbul
18 Dec 2014: City - Agra, India
28 Dec 2014: City - Mathura, India
28 Dec 2014: State - Haryana, India
3 Jan 2015: State - National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
3 Jan 2015: City - New Delhi, India (completed Part 1)

Fake bicycling trip history:
1) Bicycling Trip to Alaska
10/8/09 - 2/21/12, 4,628.5 miles, 37.4 miles/week
2) Bicycling Trip in Australia
2/23/12 - 4/27/13, 2,472.5 miles, 40.3 miles/week
3) Bicycling Trip in Asia, Part 1
5/22/13 - 1/3/15, 3,902.0 miles, 46.1 miles/week
4) Bicycling Trip in Asia, Part 2
1/3/15 - ???, 3,586.0 miles
5) Bicycling Trip in Europe
??? - ???, 2,575.6 miles
6) Bicycling Trip in Africa
??? - ???, ??? miles
7) Bicycling Trip in Latin America
??? - ???, ??? miles

1 comment:

bubba0077 said...

"it would be too difficult to actually simulate a cross-Asia bicycling journey."

Or get the Le Tour de France bike: http://www.proform.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_-1_14201_16002_29511_191319