Oct 01 2007

The big 2008 trip

Published by at 7:19 pm under World Tour 2008

2008 will be my big cycle trip across Eurasia. I’ve been thinking about this for a few years and I would have done it this year if not for PBP.

My rough plan is to leave around April 2008 at the latest, spend a month travelling through Germany and Eastern Europe (Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) and finally stop for a couple of months in Saint Petersburg to study Russian in a private school. 8 weeks of study with accomodation in a host family should cost less than £3000. It will be useful to improve my very basic Russian and also give a nice focus to the journey.

After Saint Petersburg I am thinking about cycling to Irkutsk near lake Baikal. It should be around late September by then, and just the time to cross Mongolia before it gets seriously cold. After crossing the Gobi desert I would then get into Northern China and from there probably head towards Beijing.

Mike Vermeulen has just recently finished a similar tour to Vladivostok: http://www.bikerussia.com/.

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