Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bicycling Trip in Europe

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Bicycling is my primary mode of exercise, and to help motivate me - and because I'm a nerd - I track my bicycling distance on Google Maps as if I were riding my bike around the world. Here is where I've "gone" so far:

North America: Durham to Alaska, 10/8/09 - 2/21/12, 4,629 miles
Australia: Sydney to Perth, 2/23/12 - 4/27/13, 2,473 miles
Asia, Part 1: Singapore to New Delhi, 5/21/13 - 1/3/15, 3,902 miles
Asia, Part 2: New Delhi to Istanbul, 1/3/15 - 7/26/16, 3,586 miles

That's a total of 14,590 miles so far. In relation to the circumference of the earth (24,901 miles at the equator), I've ridden my bike over halfway around the world! But, while accumulating a total of 24,901 miles would certainly be something, it's not my ultimate goal. My ultimate goal is to complete a route that 1) traverses the length of every non-Antarctic continent, 2) exclusively uses roads that exist in real life (according to Google Maps), and 3) starts and ends in the same place, i.e. Durham. Despite the fact that I'm giving myself free magic transport across oceans - you can't bike across water, after all - this "around the world" route plan is still around 9,000 miles longer than the length of the equator, or around 34,000 miles total.

Soooo...that means at my current pace - I ride my bike about 2,000 miles per year, give or take - I need to keep riding for another 10 years in order to complete this trip. Guess I should start pedaling through Europe now, eh?

The "Bicycling Trip in Europe" starts where the "Bicycling Trip in Asia" ended: at the bridge across the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey (officially where Asia ends and Europe begins). The Europe route ends in a town at the southern tip of Spain called Tarifa, near Gibraltar. Once in Tarifa, I will magically transport myself to Tangier, Morocco, and begin the Africa leg of my fictional around-the-world bike ride. (There is an actual Tarifa-Tangier ferry, by the way.)

Most exciting to me is that my route through Europe has 100% Google Street View coverage, so I'll be able to see what the scenery actually looks like along my entire fictional trans-European bicycle journey. Neat! (I kind of took that for granted in North America and Australia. In Asia, only 20% of my route was covered by Street View at the time, although it's closer to 30% today.)

LAST UPDATE: 14 Jun 2017 (usually updated every week or two)

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.



Current road: AP-7 / E15
Current location: Gandia, Valencia, Spain
Total distance traveled (Europe): 2,098 miles in 46 weeks
Total distance traveled (Asia+Europe): 9,586 miles in 212 weeks
Total distance traveled (World): 16,688 miles in 397 weeks
31 May - 7 Jun distance: 34 miles (ranked 33rd / 46 weeks)
7 Jun - 14 Jun distance: 74 miles (ranked 3rd / 46 weeks)
Istanbul to Tarifa, Spain: 81.4% complete (478 miles to go)
Singapore to Tarifa, Spain: 95.3% complete

Upcoming points of interest

Benidorm: 45 miles
Alicante: 71 miles
Murcia Region: 108 miles
Murcia (city): 118 miles
Málaga: 380 miles
Ferry to Tangier, Morocco: 478 miles

Time spent in each country
(Italics: in progress. This includes both Asia and Europe. Individual states/provinces also listed for the current 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: 285 days (1,905 miles, 47 miles/week)
Pakistan: 54 days (364 miles, 47 miles/week)
Afghanistan: 113 days (742 miles, 46 miles/week)
Iran: 203 days (1,222 miles, 42 miles/week)
Turkey: 160 days (1,118 miles, 49 miles/week)
Bulgaria: 27 days (228 miles, 59 miles/week)
Serbia: 54 days (279 miles, 36 miles/week)
Croatia: 30 days (190 miles, 44 miles/week)
Slovenia: 21 days (118 miles, 39 miles/week)
Italy: 71 days (434 miles, 43 miles/week)
France: 48 days (330 miles, 48 miles/week)
Spain: 53 days (356/834 miles, 47 miles/week)
- Catalonia: 36 days (214 miles, 42 miles/week)
- Valencia: 17 days (142/250 miles, 58 miles/week)
- Murcia: (69 miles)
- Andalusia: (301 miles)


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

26 Jul 2016: Start of Europe - Bosphorus bridge
27 Jul 2016: City - Istanbul, Turkey
31 Jul 2016: Province - Tekirdag, Turkey
4 Aug 2016: Province - Kirklareli, Turkey
7 Aug 2016: City - Luleburgaz, Turkey
7 Aug 2016: Province - Edirne, Turkey
10 Aug 2016: City - Edirne, Turkey
14 Aug 2016: Country - Bulgaria (Province - Haskovo)
21 Aug 2016: Province - Plovdiv, Bulgaria
24 Aug 2016: City - Plovdiv, Bulgaria
28 Aug 2016: Province - Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
29 Aug 2016: Province - Sofia, Bulgaria
3 Sep 2016: Province - Sofia-Capital, Bulgaria
6 Sep 2016: City - Sofia, Bulgaria
8 Sep 2016: Province - Sofia, Bulgaria (re-entry)
10 Sep 2016: Country - Serbia (Region - Central Serbia)
18 Sep 2016: City - Nis, Serbia
9 Oct 2016: City - Paracin, Serbia
22 Oct 2016: City - Belgrade, Serbia
24 Oct 2016: Region - Vojvodina, Serbia
30 Oct 2016: City - Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia
3 Nov 2016: Country - Croatia (County - Vukovar-Syrmia)
12 Nov 2016: County - Brod-Posavina, Croatia
12 Nov 2016: City - Slavonski Brod, Croatia
20 Nov 2016: County - Sisak-Moslavina, Croatia
1 Dec 2016: County - Zagreb, Croatia
3 Dec 2016: City - Zagreb, Croatia
3 Dec 2016: Country - Slovenia
17 Dec 2016: City - Ljubljana, Slovenia
24 Dec 2016: Country - Italy (Region - Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
24 Dec 2016: City - Trieste, Italy
31 Dec 2016: Region - Veneto, Italy
15 Jan 2017: City - Venice, Italy
15 Jan 2017: City - Padua, Italy
26 Jan 2017: City - Verona, Italy
29 Jan 2017: Region - Lombardy, Italy
5 Feb 2017: Region - Emilia-Romagna, Italy
5 Feb 2017: City - Piacenza, Italy
5 Feb 2017: Region - Lombardy, Italy (re-entry)
8 Feb 2017: Region - Piedmont, Italy
12 Feb 2017: Region - Liguria, Italy
12 Feb 2017: City - Genoa, Italy
5 Mar 2017: Country - France (Region - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)
5 Mar 2017: City - Nice, France
23 Mar 2017: City - Aix-en-Provence, France
27 May 2017: Region - Languedoc-Roussillon, France
2 Apr 2017: City - Nîmes, France
2 Apr 2017: City - Montpellier, France
22 Apr 2017: City - Perpignan, France
22 Apr 2017: Country - Spain (Community: Catalonia)
8 May 2017: City - Barcelona, Spain
14 May 2017: City - Tarragona, Spain
28 May 2017: Community - Valencia, Spain
3 Jun 2017: Greenwich Prime Meridian (0.0° longitude)
10 Jun 2017: City - Valencia, Spain