Hello, we are Hugo Timm, graphic designer and Audax enthusiast, and Carol Sachs, photographer and potential traffic hazard
All photography and video by Carol Sachs
We are soon leaving our adopted city of London for an Eastbound cycle tour, hopefully making it to South East Asia via China on a tandem — the solution to our equal love of travel but disparate cycling skills.
Our plan is to depart next May, with no end in sight (truly meaning as long as our wallets allow and our bottoms endure).
Our ever-changing planned route currently goes through France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey, heading North to Georgia and Azerbaijan, from where we would ferry to Kazakhstan. This can be a direct route to China, but we're also keen on exploring Kyrgyzstan, some of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, so will likely detour here, before finally entering China, then Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
That said, we do want to leave room for serendipity and also not be terribly ashamed to take a bus or train here and there, when logistically or emotionally essential. This means the route will naturally change, like us, along the way.
Even though cycle traveling is difficult, slow and sometimes dangerous, it is also self reliant, unexpensive, clean and healthy. We love traveling overland because it makes obvious the connections and differences between places. Languages, architecture and landscapes morph into one another, giving us a better understanding of places as we pedal along. When cycling we travel slowly enough to be both in movement and rooted in the land around us.
However, on a bicycle we are vulnerable to the elements. We know we'll have to climb steep hills carrying heavy equipment, and face winds that will slow us down to a crawl. Setting up camp in the rain is not something we'll look forward to — even more so in the winter — so we'll undoubtedly deal with it in the way of the braveless, because that's who we are. We are not athletes or explorers, we're just people that want to travel, inspired by others that did this before us, propelled by our curiosity.
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