Laura and Tim Moss recently completed a 13,000 mile cycle around the world.
Hampton Court Palace, August 2013
Hampton Court Palace, December 2014
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13,000 miles on the clock
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Highs & Lows
1 year, 3 months, 26 days
Best food: Turkey, Iran, Japan and America
Best drivers: France
Worst drivers: Switzerland and America
Craziest roads: India
Best cycle lanes: Korea
Favourite country: Japan
Best hospitality: Turkey and Iran
Cheapest countries: India, Vietnam and Cambodia
Most expensive countries: Switzerland and Greece
Hilliest country: Armenia
Coldest countries: Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Iran
Hottest countries: UAE, Oman, India and SE Asia
Average daily distance (while cycling): 44.3 miles (71.3km)
Average daily distance (whole trip): 28.8 miles (46.3km)
Longest day: 81 miles (130km; Malaysia)
Total days: 452
Days of cycling: 315
Days not cycling: 137
Nights spent camping: 119
Nights with WarmShowers/CouchSurfing hosts: 125
Nights with spontaneous local hosts: 59
Nights spent in hotels: 104
Number of punctures: 17
Number of crashes: 5 (4 Tim, 1 Laura, 0 involving vehicles)
Lake Taupo, New Zealand
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We departed on 18th August 2013 and came home on 14th December 2014.
France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece & Turkey.
Caucasus, Middle East and India
Georgia, Armenia, Iran, UAE, Oman, India.
(South East) Asia
South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia.
Australia & New Zealand
Adelaide to Melbourne. Wellington to Auckland.
Return leg across the USA, from Oceanside to Orlando.
Cycled to Hampton Court Palace (where we started).
Winter in Iran
Where did you sleep?
We carried a tent so often just slept at the side of the road. We usually asked for permission first which meant we often got invited inside to people’s homes, churches, temples, mosques, police stations, kebab shops and petrol stations. We also used hospitality networks like Warmshowers and CouchSurfing. In cheaper countries, we sometimes used hotels.
- Nights of camping: 119
- WarmShowers/CouchSurfing hosts: 125
- Hotels: 104
- Random acts of kindness: 59
For a proper breakdown of where we slept each night (complete with pie charts), see our daily stats spreadsheet.
What bikes did you use?
We used Ridgeback Panorama touring bikes which were excellent. You can do long tours on a variety of bikes, they just need to be strong enough to carry all of your kit (e.g. with racks and panniers, back and front) and be comfortable enough to ride every day for several months. Read our full review of the bikes here.
What equipment did you carry?
You can see our complete kit list here.
We carried a tent and sleeping bags so we could sleep anywhere; stove, pans and “portable kitchen” to cook for ourselves; enough warm clothes for any environment; and Kindles for reading and a laptop for updating this website.
All of this fitted into four panniers on each bike. In the winter, we also each carried a small duffle bag on the back of our bikes.
More about our kit:
- What we wore when cycling around the world (and at -20°C)
- The electronics we carried on our ride
- Anatomy of a wet weather cyclist
- Round-the-world cycling kit list
How far did you cycle each day?
We aimed to do at least 40 miles (64km) most days. Through the Turkish winter it was more like 30 (48km) but in the US it was closer to 50 or 60 miles a day (80-100km). Our longest day was 81 miles.
We would typically take one day a week off the bikes but that varied greatly.
- Average daily distance (when cycling): 44.3 miles
- Average daily distance (for the whole trip): 28.8 miles
- Days of cycling: 315
- Days not cycling: 137
To see how far we actually cycled each day, visit our daily stats spreadsheet.
How did you arrange all of the visas?
We got through Europe without them. The only visas we needed to obtain in advance from an embassy were Iran (which we got in Turkey) and India (which we got in Oman). The rest we just got at the border (e.g. Turkey) or registered for online (Vietnam and USA).
How could you afford to travel for so long?
For 16 months of cycling, we spent around £6,000 each. This included all of our food, accomodation, visas, bike repairs, transport and six flights – every penny we spent whilst away. The average monthly cost of the trip (~£400) was notably less than the rent we would have paid on our London flat.
We saved for the trip by putting aside £200 each month before we departed, selling lots of our belongings (including five bikes!) and doing a few bits of extra work on the side. On the road we earned a small amount of money (~£2000) by writing articles and doing a little web work.
More about costs:
- How much does it cost to cycle across Europe?
- How much does it cost to cycle around the world?
- The Database of Long Distance Cycle Journeys (see costs for over 200 other cyclists)
Wheeling through mud in Albania
There are loads of photographs from our trip, mostly taken by Laura.
Click the image below to flick through some or browse all of them on Flickr.
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Alternatively, you can follow our story in the following series of photo blogs:
1. Palace to Palace Photos (Hampton Court to Versaille)
2. EuroVelo 6 in Photographs (France)
11. Cycling Across Arabia Photo Diary (Dubai & Oman)
13. Good cycling, great pictures (Korea)
Hot in the Mojave Desert
We maintained our blog through the trip, with new articles once or twice a week. The highlights are below or you can browse them all here.
Turkey, Middle East & India
Asia, Australia & America
Good Morning Vietnam! (about Japan)
Sleeping under the stars
Thoughts from the Saddle
With fellow cyclists in Vietnam
We were supporting the charity JDRF during our cycle around the world. JDRF exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications, and is the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.
We had a number of generous equipment sponsor for our trip:
Provided our bicycles, two top of the range Panorama touring bikes.
Kitted us out with the latest GoreTex Active waterproofs and other clothing.
Provided us with free travel insurance.
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