11,830 km so far.
One year ago today, our friend and neighbour Tom loaded two Surly Long Haul Trucker bikes, a pile of panniers, and Jane and I into his Westfalia and drove us to LAX.
We hopped on a flight to Rome, and we’ve been travelling ever since.
Happy Anniversary to us.
It’s been a remarkable year.
Let Me Count The Ways
Here’s our trip in numbers.
- 173,315 meters climbed
- 11,830 km cycled
- 6,473 valuable lessons learned
- 666 the beast
- 365 days on the road
- 28 yoga classes taught (not counting Shanghai)
- 21 boats taken
- 19 countries visited, plus Hong Kong
- 10 haircuts (5 each)
- 8 trains taken
- 7 new bike chains
- 5 flats fixed
- 5 bike cassettes replaced
- 4 cases of food poisoning survived
- 4 crashes endured
- 4 busses ridden
- 3 French hens
- 2 boxes sent home
- 2 flights flown
- 1 new tire
- 0 regrets
2 in 1
To celebrate, we did two rides in one day. As Jane mentioned yesterday, she has been needing a rest. The sky was overcast and trees lined much of the route today, providing us with just enough shade that we weren’t completely roasting.
We got to our intended destination around 11am, so we decided to lump the next days’ ride in as well, going the entire 130 km from Kamphaeng Phet to Nakhon Sawan in one blast.
It was long, hot, and sweaty, but there were no hills at all so all we had to do was plug in our headphones and pedal.
This gives us a chance to take a rest day tomorrow, and after a year on the road it feels like we’ve earned it. We found a hotel a bit over budget, the Aramis Hotel, which has a pool, super comfy beds, slightly odd decor, and a fancy breakfast area.
We are looking forward to taking advantage of all of this and the air conditioning too, as we lounge around tomorrow congratulating ourselves on a year well spent.
Soundtrack: Beck, Morning Phase | Kylie, Kiss Me Once | Betchadupa, Betchadupa | Betchadupa, The 3D EP | Miley Cyrus, Bangerz | Douglas Brooks, Tales Of Love & Glory In The Tantric Tradition | Jurassic 5, J5 | Ludacris on shuffle | Junkie XL, Booming Back At You | Radiolab podcast ♥
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Hi, I’m Stephen. I travel the world leading Adventure Yoga workshops and trainings. Plus I run My Five Acres with Jane. I’ve taught yoga in 25 countries and we’ve had adventures in more than 50! My goal is to empower you to decide who you want to be and what you want from life — and to help you cultivate the courage you need to to go get it.