365 Days

By Stephen | March 25, 2014

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.

Our stuff at home in LA, all ready to be packed.

Our stuff at home in LA, all ready to be packed.

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
  • Climbing in the Qinling Mountains, China.

    Climbing in the Qinling Mountains, China.

  • 11,830 km cycled
  • Look how young we were at 6,000 km.

    Look how young we were at 6,000 km.

  • 6,473 valuable lessons learned
  • 666 the beast
  • 365 days on the road
  • 28 yoga classes taught (not counting Shanghai)
  • Yoga in Xi'an, China.

    Yoga in Xi’an, China.

  • 21 boats taken
  • 19 countries visited, plus Hong Kong
  • On the beach at the end of our first country, Italy.

    On the beach at the end of our first country, Italy.

  • 10 haircuts (5 each)
  • 8 trains taken
  • The bullet train to Shanghai.

    The bullet train to Shanghai.

  • 7 new bike chains
  • 5 flats fixed
  • Stephen fixing a flat in Vietnam.

    Stephen fixing a flat in Vietnam.

  • 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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19 comments

  1. Comment by Virginia

    Virginia Reply March 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Amazing stephen!!!if i were without Kids I would do the same.
    Counting on my legs and on my breath,marvellous sensation.
    When Will you come back to italy?i’m opening a new bigger studio in Milano in may and i would like to have you here!!!
    Keep travelling,keep inspiring ?

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane April 16, 2017 at 5:13 am

      Hi Virginia,
      Thanks for you comment. Unfortunately, we didn’t see it until today (technology fail!!). I’m sending it on to Stephen.

      J

  2. Comment by Kimberly

    Kimberly Reply March 31, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations and continued gratitude for allowing all of us to see the world from your bike seats. Thank you thank you thank you! Continued wishes for joy and peace with every pedal turn!

  3. Comment by Priscilla

    Priscilla Reply March 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Happy Anniversary! What you guys are doing is so amazing…. it’s been such a joy to reconnect with you in the middle of your journey, and now be able to follow you along your way through your beautiful blog. Safe travels to you both, wherever you are off to next! :)

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen March 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Priscilla. I am so happy we got to spent time together too – what a treat. Maybe we’ll be in Asia long enough we can do it again. We are heading to Cambodia next, then back into Thailand before riding south through Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Glad you’re following along on the blog. Keep reading, and we’ll keep writing. X

  4. Comment by Sarah

    Sarah Reply March 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Congrats!!!!

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen March 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Sarah. It feels amazing to have made it this far.

  5. Comment by Adria

    Adria Reply March 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Three French Hens!!!!

    Congrats you guys! What an amazing adventure. But does this mean you can come back to LA yet? We miss you!

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen March 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Yes, a few random entries just to see who is actually reading the posts.
      Stay tuned Adria. Nothing permanent planned but some things in the works.

  6. Comment by Cassie

    Cassie Reply March 27, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Wow, does a year ever fly by! Congrats to you both on all of the hard work. Very much looking forward to hearing your future plans – I see you plan to head back to Europe to teach some yoga?

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen March 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks Cassie. Yup, plans are afoot. And if it all works out I hope to visit Tucson as well…

  7. Comment by Diane

    Diane Reply March 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Well done both of you. We are proud and inspired by your accomplishment thus far and look forward to meeting again in another exotic location !
    Love, Diane

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen March 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Diane. Although I think the next exotic location we meet in might just be Vancouver Island. I suppose that is exotic to some though, it’s all about perspective. X

  8. Comment by Andrea

    Andrea Reply March 27, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Congratulations. Amazing journey.

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen March 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

      Thanks Andrea. We are definitely having fun – and couldn’t have predicted everything that the past year has brought us. Looking forward to the next twelve months – who knows what they have in store…

  9. Comment by Scot

    Scot Reply March 27, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Wow, a year already! That’s amazing. Congrats! We’ll keep following to see what this year brings. My money is on yoga and veggies being involved somehow. ;-)

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen March 27, 2014 at 6:58 am

      It flew past. Like the wind was in our sails, or some other other apt sailing metaphor. I think you are taking the safe bet there Scot. Yoga and veggies definitely on the horizon. We love reading about your adventures as well. Enjoy Guatamala!

      For those who don’t know, Scot and his family are on their own adventure, on a catamaran. See http://sv-monashee.blogspot.com/

  10. Comment by Geoff L

    Geoff L Reply March 27, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Congratulations guys – a fantastic year! I feel privileged to be reading your travel tales and enjoying the fabulous photographs. Good luck for the next 12 months!

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen March 27, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Thanks Geoff. It really has been a fantastic year. We love being able to share our adventures through the blog, so please keep reading!

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