Round The World 2015 – Gallery Thanks to all the guys at Condor for your help! Strictly CC (most of them) This was the first time I saw the sun after leaving England… Day 4 Day 8 Salon-de-Provence. With Donald at the Hotel Select – Fantastic hospitality, if you’re reading this, thank you! Before she got dirty… Lunch break in Beaulieu-Sur-Mer Cannes – Day 9 Not the best view of Monaco This was the view as I left France for Italy Had to get a picture at San Remo – pretty iconic in the cycling world Went for a little walk on my rest day…. photo credits to my Dad This was a good day… Somewhat ruined by the weather… Saw this guy everywhere.. I’m led to believe it’s something to do with Croatian football Goodbye Bosnia, hello Croatia Dubrovnik Dinner in Montenegro Free breakfast in Montenegro Out of Tirana and over a mountain… I was chased up to this view by dogs… First view of Lake Ohrid… not bad but not quite as spectacular as I’d hoped A man and his goats Final sunset in Greece Starters in Turkey Main courses in Turkey Standing in Europe, looking at Asia One of the hundreds of stalls in the Spice Bazaar Anyone for chilli? Spice Bazaar Casually selling viagra… The Blue Mosque Doesn’t really do it justice, but the spice bazaar is well worth a visit if you’re ever in Istanbul. Unfortunately the Grand Bazaar was closed for us My Dad has insisted I put this up… I’ve seen a lot of these in Albania and Turkey cheesy touristy photo in front of the ‘Blue Mosque’ with an even cheesier smile… End of leg 1. London to Istanbul, the smile is genuine.. Fresh faced again after a Turkish shave First Indian dinner – Vegetarian Thali Mosin is the one who took me round Mumbai. Thank you so much if you’re reading this! The beach in Mumbai Home of Mukesh Ambani – wealthiest man in India: 27 floors, 3 helipads, six car parks, ballroom etc… Haji Ali Dargah Mosque Apparently this walkway gets covered at high-tide Haji Ali Dargah Mosque Gateway of India Final view of Mumbai My first of only a few hot meals on the road – still not sure what it was or how I ordered it A beach in Goa.. Temple in Murudeshwar Inside the temple It’s actually quite impressive 2nd largest statue of Shiva in the world Leaving Murudeshwar A slightly unconventional road-block This often happened right outside my room.. Freshly shaved Kanyakumari – the Southern tip of India These guys cheered me up whilst battling a headwind They’re not homeless – they’re just on holiday… This temple is important apparently I decided against having a swim here… No plates in this establishment… (or cutlery) The salt farms were not very interesting Not sure you’ve got enough… Anyone in need of some hay? Apologies, I didn’t get many pictures of the monkeys A present from my parents.. I felt like a little kid at Christmas Puducherry / Pondicherry Puducherry was nice… The French influence is clear.. Me – Two weeks into India and looking a bit tired The t-shirt Red light means Go in India… Have you ever seen ducks being herded? Don’t they have wings..? A very enthusiast manager This did not stay for long… Not my choice of neck-wear Slightly more rural This is basically Indian Coca Cola.. It took me 3 weeks to realise they spell ‘thumb’ incorrectly There’s always someone staring.. When’s the baby due mate? That’ll teach you for driving on the wrong side of the road.. Are those flower pots? How nice… 1/4 of the way round! 1/4 of the way Round This is what I had to deal with whenever I stopped… And yes, I was sitting on the floor This beach was needed.. End of India! Finished the India leg – not really sure what to do with myself A ‘bike service’ in Kolkata Market in Kolkata I think this had something to do with Queen Victoria.. Riding slightly ‘different’ bikes around Mandalay This is a pagoda 16 lanes of nothing This happened just in front of me… bit of a close call really First proper climb in over two weeks… I think this is all water in the wet season A room on a lake After 212 kilometres.. this was quite nice Unfortunately I didn’t see any wild elephants There are pagodas everywhere in Burma and I deliberately tried to avoid taking pictures of too many. Consequently, I probably didn’t take enough.. but regardless, this is what they look like 8 lanes on each side with very little traffic Standard meal – Chicken fried rice I wasn’t the only one sheltering from the heat.. …and it put me in a good mood Hpa-An clocktower That red soil made a right mess of my bike when it rained I was told to look out for a famous statue in this town.. I think I may have taken a photo of the wrong one.. That is a frog… This was pretty much what Burma looked like for 3 days What happens at the border of two countries that drive on different sides of the road… A very laid-back elephant South China Sea (I think it is anyway – although it’s quite a way from China) Another pagoda Massive thanks to Jim and Mel at T3 Bicycle Gears in Singapore. Made my bike feel like new again My first ride in a tuk-tuk One of the many palm oil plantations The extent of my bird-watching. These b*st*rds were making a racket outside my window all evening After a very long climb. The camera doesn’t really do the view justice Climbing through a forest at sunrise isn’t a bad way to spend a morning Happy Birthday to my sister. For anyone wondering why I stopped between Leg 3 &4 – that is the reason First Australian beach Big thanks to the Rooney family to start off the Australia leg! Surely they could have picked a better name? ‘Controlled’ forest fire Not sure I enjoyed riding through that… After my first night in a tent, this is the definition of an organised mess… Oh good. The first of many long straight roads First broken spoke, with absolutely nothing around Start of the Nullarbor …… After a 90 mile straight with a headwind, I had a bit of a meltdown when I was told there were no rooms available… The situation was not helped by the fact that the ground was too hard for pegs What…? There’s something wrong with that camel… Impressive… End of the Nullarbor! That isn’t a joke sign… 9000 miles, halfway round the world! Remains my favourite place name… Thanks to all the guys who joined my for the ride out of Adelaide. And well done to Frank (on the left) who cycled the whole coast of Aus London Arch (formerly London Bridge) has fallen down.. The Great Ocean Road… Reminded me of England Not exactly what springs to mind when you think ‘Australia’ 90 mile beach That is a koala… Why? Bondi Beach! There’s this bridge in Sydney Harbour.. not sure what it’s called though Is it a spaceship? Thanks to everyone at Abbotsleigh school for coming out to cheer me on Whoever said “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight” was a liar.. it rained in the morning Love it. Doubt you’d ever see a sign like that in England Final view of Australia (Brisbane) after 6 weeks and 6622 kilometres First sight of New Zealand Starting off Leg 6 After climbing out of Dunedin.. I didn’t go up it… New Zealand takes the top spot with this sign… The Moeraki Boulders were a bit anticlimactic and we didn’t bother going any closer.. Steampunk….. I didn’t take this one… Some seals 🙂 Don’t think I’ve ever seen a full rainbow before…. Picton Harbour Goodbye South Island Hello North Island Not a great photo but that’s the mountain goat thing I saw ”home kill specialists”….. what? Sheep-shearing capital of the world… I think that’s what this is about… Oakland Bay Bridge San Francisco! That is a tram. Alcatraz… Despite driving over it, this is the best view I got of the Golden Gate Bridge Still got the arm warmers on in ‘sunny’ California The first Redwood forest Chandelier Tree It’s too big to get in the bloody picture! A beach in Newport (not the Welsh one) Not quite sure why I was this close to the snow line.. Straight out of the forest, into a desert The Palouse region.. I wish my spokes always broke with a view like this… It’s really not… More emptiness.. This place felt even emptier than the Nullarbor The centre of North America! The Mississippi River How can this be a lake!? A lump of peanut butter and marshmallows… not a bad welcome to Canada! The storm still got me 5 days later, and still on Lake Superior I found this waterfall… Reckon it will become a big tourist attraction in a few years Top of the final American climb Boston seemed nice Massachusetts state house First view of the Atlantic in a very long time! Getting ready for the final flight Somewhere in Lisbon A typical Portuguese village judging by what I saw Everything I could possibly need for dinner – Rice, meat, spinach, beans, chips, ham, carrots and banana This fountain saved me in the 40 degree heat. Something I have never really encountered outside of Europe One of the more difficult border crossings I faced… Ciudad Rodrigo Final climb by myself San Sebastián The church that was not worth falling off for The tan lines at their prime Bordeaux Staying in Pons – not far from Cognac… When in Rome Crossing the Loire! End of mainland Europe! Penultimate day The final day! Thank you so much to everyone for all the support!