Caen to Bhutan

Good morning!

24 hours until the pedals begin to turn in France! Nervous, excited, apprehensive, and every other emotion right now. First ever long-distance, international cycle tour and I have no idea what to expect, or how my body and mind will cope with it, but I’m keen to throw myself in and see what happens!

The route is now online – Caen to Bhutan (it rhymes) – there may be deviations and diversions along the way but that’s part and parcel to the journey. Anyone who knows me will look at the map and wonder how I’m even going to navigate off the ferry; I wish I could reassure you that everything has been planned diligently… I can tell you that I have a compass..

Now I just about have time to brush up on my French before le grand depart – to my family and friends, see and speak to you all soon, I’m going for a bike ride.

Au revoir!

Rich x


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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Now that I have some followers (four family members and counting..), I suppose I should start to add some content to the site! Just about one week to go until my ferry departs and I start the approximately four-month journey across Europe and Asia by bicycle; I should make it clear at this point, I have no idea what I am doing.

I know exactly when I’m going without knowing exactly where, and I know where I’m aiming to get to but not where I will end up! All being well, I should arrive in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, some time early in December – I will use this site to update you on the probability of that happening.

Why Bhutan I hear you ask? I haven’t yet come up with an answer to satisfy anyone else who has asked the same…a secret desire to show off geographic knowledge of some of the world’s more obscure countries? Maybe. But the allure of a country, nestled in the Himalayas, that sanctifies the environment for the benefit of it’s people, and most famously pioneered ‘Gross National Happiness’, was too great and I’ve always wanted to see the country. Perhaps the cycling is just my attempt at low-impact tourism..

Stay posted!