Hello, and firstly a big Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who reads this and follows our bicycle adventure. We both feel so happy to be able to write this from Kunming, China but it also goes out with a pang of homesickness since we are both away from our families and friends at this festive time. I guess we are lucky to have each other, someone to share our time with, and it is poignant to remember there are many people out there with no-one.
We have met so many different people on this 8 month trip so far so we take this opportunity to show you some pictures just a few of the many people we have met. These people have helped us along the way, given us shelter or food or just let us have a quick shower! The Christmas spirit was in each and every one but not just for one week of the year. Sometimes us in the Western World can take other people for granted, we are certainly victims of this affliction. We have however learnt through our travels that there are so many people willing to help out two lost, dirty looking foreigners on bicycles and that the World is a really good place!
Please if you see someone who looks like they need a hand, don't walk on by, it could change your life!
We really can't believe that we have been on the road now for eight months, the time has flown by. From the day we started out I am sure some people never expected us to reach Dover let alone China! We are growing in experience and confidence every day and wanted to end this short Christmas post with a few facts from our first 8 months.
Total Mileage: 12870
Total Hours: 898
Countries Visited: 17
Favourite County: Georgia
Least Favourite Country: Uzbekistan
Cheapest Beer: Georgia (37.5p/pint)
Money Spent: £4600 (£9.5 per day each)
Having spent Christmas in Kunming we are planning to reach Vietnam for New Year's Eve. This will see us cycle over 400km in five days over pretty hilly and windy terrain but we are both looking forward to a new country after being in China for almost two months now. And its sunnier! And cheaper! Once in Vietnam I will be able to post about our adventures in China (since a large amount of the internet is blocked in China) so I look forward to that telling you the two sides of this absolutely massive country!
Tim and Fin
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This blog follows my cycle ride from Reading, Berkshire to Reading, Pennsylvania.