Monday, August 28, 2017

Bicycling Trip across Asia and Europe: Complete!

Bicycling is good exercise and is fun. To help motivate me to keep doing it, I track my bicycling distance on Google Maps as if I were riding my bike around the world:

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
Europe: Istanbul to Tarifa (Spain), 7/26/16 - 8/28/17, 2,576 miles
Africa, Part 1: Tangier (Morocco) to Lagos, starting 8/30/17, 4,039 miles
Africa, Part 2: Lagos to Cape Town, 4,561 miles
South America, Part 1: Ushuaia (Argentina) to Iquique (Chile), approx 3,200 miles
South America, Part 2: Iquique (Chile) to Turbo (Colombia), approx 3,000 miles
North America return: Yaviza (Panama) to Durham, approx 4,200 miles

The Asia+Europe leg is the longest continuous leg of the world journey that isn't interrupted by a gap in the road network. (Distance traveled by ferry or plane between continents doesn't count.) It's 10,064 miles from Singapore to the southern tip of Spain. I started this leg over four years ago. As of August 28, 2017, that 10,064 mile leg of my pretend around-the-world bicycle trip is complete!





Here are some statistics from the entire Singapore-to-Spain leg:

Total distance: 10,064 miles
Started 21 May 2013, completed 28 Aug 2017
Trip length: 1,560 days (4 years, 3 months, 7 days)
Average pace: 45.2 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: 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: 128 days (834 miles, 46 miles/week)

Major cities
21 May 2013: Singapore, Singapore (trip start)
27 Jun 2013: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23 Nov 2013: Bangkok, Thailand
3 Apr 2014: Mandalay, Myanmar
3 Jan 2015: New Delhi, India
3 Mar 2015: Lahore, Pakistan
3 Apr 2015: Islamabad, Pakistan
14 May 2015: Kabul, Afghanistan
5 Dec 2015: Tehran, Iran
27 Jul 2016: Istanbul, Turkey
6 Sep 2016: Sofia, Bulgaria
22 Oct 2016: Belgrade, Serbia
3 Dec 2016: Zagreb, Croatia
15 Jan 2017: Venice, Italy
5 Mar 2017: Nice, France
8 May 2017: Barcelona, Spain
10 Jun 2017: Valencia, Spain
28 Aug 2017: Tarifa, Spain (trip end)

Next up: Africa.

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