In 2014, having never really done anything like it, I set off to cross America on a bicycle. Over the next three or so years I completed three big bike rides. The first two followed the 1884 and 1885 routes of round-the-world cyclist Thomas Stevens across America and Europe. The third was a ride along the Atlantic coast of Europe.
On Tuesday April 22, 1884 Thomas Stevens set off from San Francisco and cycled around the world on a Penny Farthing. On Tuesday April 22, 2014 I started to recreate his journey* across the US raising money for MSF (Doctors Without Borders). I updated my progress via tweets, blog, photos and an updating map (thanks Arfon!). You can now see my US elevation profile.
On May 2nd, 1885 Thomas Stevens continued his journey from Liverpool to Constantinople (he then crossed Turkey, Iran, India, parts of China and Japan to become the first person to cycle around the world). I recreated his journey as far as Istanbul following his route and his timings 130 years to-the-day after him. At the Bospherous I finally said my goodbyes to him and wished him well on his way.
In mid-June 2017 I set out on my own epic cycle ride inspired by the Euro Velo 1 route. I decided to ride from the northernmost point to the southernmost point of Europe keeping as close as I could to the Atlantic coast. It was a journey from Arctic snow to Iberian heat with all climates in between. The journey was often gruelling but had dramatic scenery and was full of interesting people along the way.