In Summary - Part 1 - Eurasia

We cycled

From: Bosham, UK to Baku, Azerbaijan
No. days on the bike: 120
No. days off the bike: 19
Distance cycled: 7,555 kms (4694 miles) - that’s over 5 times the distance between Lands End and John O’Groats in the UK, or 3.5 x the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Cape Bluff.
Average distance per day: 63 kms (40 miles)
Average no. cycling hours per day: 5 hours
Total ascent: 90,846m of ascent –that’s over 10 x the height of Mt Everest!

See Strava - @readcycleread - for full route details.

We slept

Tent: 93 nights
Hostels/Guesthouses: 17 nights Ferry: 2 nights
Warmshowers: 15 nights Invited to stay by a local: 5 nights

We are eternally grateful to the people we met along the way who fed us and quenched our thirst on many occasions. Particular thanks goes to the kindness of those on Warmshowers and the few locals we met who invited us into their home for the evening, often at short notice, and never expected anything in retun. We will continue to ‘pay it forward’ with generosity and kindness to others.

We spent

Average cost per day was £29 including all food, accommodation and transport costs for 2 people.

Money raised for the **World Land Trust**

£2872.26 - Thank you!

We’re still aiming to raise £1 per mile ridden to help preserve our most threatened habitats on our planet. To support us please visit our Just Giving page:

Items lost :(
Clickstand - Milly now has to find a tree, wall, or other suitably sturdy object to lean her bike against every time we stop. Replacement will be ordered!!!
Titanium spork
Pair of pants!

Powermonkey cable
X cup & bowls (silicone splits - they’re 8 years old so not so bad)
Hole in thermorest, on day 8! Patched up nicely.
Screw on Jules Shimano sandal cleat
Jules’ rear mudguard rivets sheared off from rocks on road -fixed with cable ties.
Jules’ rear mudguard flap came loose - fixed with cable ties.
Jules’ bottom bracket came loose - once in Switzerland and again in Albania.
Jules’ seat post bolt broke and got stuck in the threads….nightmare!! Helped by a lovely Turkish local.
The waterproof coating on our Ortlieb rack packs have worn away at the bottom where the bag rubs on our rear pannier clips. Patched up with Gorilla tape, however we’re sure this is a design flaw of Ortlieb.

No. punctures:
Milly: 0
Jules: 1

Not bad!


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