About 5 months ago i had an idea… but first let me give you a little incite into my traveling history…

My First Adventure - Cairns to Coolum Beach

My first travel diary

At age 21 I wanted to go on an adventure but I didn’t know what i wanted to do. One of my best mates Spanner wanted to go on a trip to Cairns for 2 weeks. I knew this would be a lot of fun but I didn’t feel this was the exciting adventure I was looking for. I knew my old man had a touring bike with panniers so on the spur of the moment I asked him if I could borrow it to ride home from Cairns. I didn’t put much thought into it and at the time I think dad was more excited than I was! So with no training what so ever, I was off to Cairns with Spanner. We spent 2 weeks drinking and exploring Cairns. Before I knew it Spanner was on a flight home and I was on my own. The reality of my ‘idea’ began to sink in. I had 1800km to ride, I was all alone, on a bike I’d never ridden traveling across a stretch of land I’d never been. I spent the following week at the Nomads backpacker Hostel in Cairns procrastinating and drinking cheap wine and beer with backpackers. Eventually I packed up my bags, strapped them to my bike and cycled out of Cairns with a photocopied map I got from the library the previous day. Id like to say my initial thoughts getting on the bike for the first time were those of excitement and freedom but they weren’t. I nearly fell off as I realised for the first time that it is very different riding and steering a bike weighing around 30kg. Thankfully it wasn’t long before the bike and I became one and I had the adventure of a lifetime.

At age 24 I again wanted to test myself. I felt going overseas was the next step and a month felt like a decent amount of time. I decided on Vietnam (influenced by the some very cheap flights). I didn’t know much about the place but It sounded a little different to the generic places people travel. Again i still wanted to do things a little differently so I planned absolutely nothing with the intention of making decisions on where to go and what to do on the run. I turned up at the Airport in Ho Chi Minh City with a lonely Planet guide book and not much else and had one of the most exhilarating, scariest, entertaining, educational, memorable months of my life.

I have been overseas a few times since then attending a traditional Thai wedding in Sakhon Nakhon, Visiting the S21 prison in Phnom Penh, and been involved in the worlds biggest water fight Songkran in Chiang Mai.

As I was saying about 5 months ago I had an idea.

Surly Disc Trucker

My new ride

I received an email at work advising me that I had accumulated a rather substantial amount of leave prompting me to think up ideas for a new adventure. I have always wanted to go to South America so I had the idea of taking a bike over there for something a little different. My dad was keen to go too so we started planning our adventure together. We decided we would take around 10 weeks and begin our journey in Lima, Peru and cycle West towards Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. From there we planed to cycle into La Paz in Bolivia where we want to  cycle the famous Death Road. From there we planed to ride down towards the coast of Chile and end our adventure in Arica.

Lima - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca - Lapaz - Death road - Arica

Lima – Machu Picchu – Lake Titicaca – Lapaz – Death road – Arica

A couple of weeks ago dad found out he would not be able to come on the trip so it’s recently changed to become a solo trip.

Dad and I

Dad and I

 

I plan to keep a detailed account of my journey on this blog.