Current plan and whereabouts:
November 2013. I’m in Antalya. I could be convinced to go on a bike tour somewhere in Turkey (or elsewhere?), but I’m not motivated enough to go by myself. Friends are coming from the US to ski tour in the east in March. Will I leave Antalya before that?
One of the harder aspects of being away from home for so long is that I miss family and friends. I remember about 17 years ago meeting Claudia and Fraser in Hanoi. They were cycling around the world and were the big inspiration for my first long bicycle tour (in the Middle East and Africa). Fraser said all he really needed to keep going was one evening in a pub back in Britain with his mates. That would give him the reassurance that his friends still loved him and that nothing really had changed back at home.
Communication is easier now with ubiquitous internet access, but a real connection to home is far more satisfying and fun that passing bits through cyberspace. So, come cycle with me. Don’t worry if you’re not fast. I’m happy to go slow. In fact, I usually go pretty slowly. Kurt and I pedalled together in Turkey in February, and I was working to keep up with him!
I did a four week cycle tour in Holland in summer 2010 where we pedalled about 30 km/day on the flats. That’s short enough daily distance that almost anyone can ride it and enjoy. Gertjan and Jacqui have thrown out the idea of visiting with Mateo. In that case we’d be towing a small child in a trailer and make sure we visit plenty of kids things to keep him happy (whatever that means). Ok, I’m out of my league here pretending that I know what to do with a small child, but the point is I can modify my itinerary for a few weeks to do something fun with you. Think more about touring than cycling.
The above itinerary is just an estimate so don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail if your place and dates are close, but don’t exactly match what I’ve posted here.