As chances are you’ll or could not know, I’ve obtained some huge bicycle touring plans for 2014.
I’m going to be biking throughout at the very least 14 completely different nations this 12 months… and perhaps extra (United States, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Taiwan). I’m going to be taking part in three self-guided bicycle excursions that you’re welcome to affix me on… and I’ll be spending roughly seven complete months this 12 months on my bike. It’s going to be an epic 12 months of bicycle touring and I can’t anticipate it to start.
However I’m not on the highway simply but. I’ve rented out my dwelling for a complete 12 months and am at the moment crashing with my mother and father in Southern California.
Over the past a number of weeks I’ve been featured on the duvet of Ventana journal, attended a serious Los Angeles artwork present, participated in a Police ride-along, noticed the musical efficiency of “The E book of Morman”, and have performed a fair proportion of native bicycle touring.
Biking by means of the African nation of Lesotho on the duvet of Ventana journal.
My favourite piece of artwork from the Los Angeles Artwork Present.
That is me on my latest Police ride-along within the metropolis of Camarillo, California.
My most urgent challenge, nevertheless, has been working to get a visa for my 5-month keep in Europe this summer time/fall. As a result of I’m planning to be in Europe for greater than three months and beneath regular journey conditions could be breaking the regulation as a result of I’d be within the Schengen space for greater than 90 days, I’m having to get a particular visa that may enable me to stay within the space for the 5 month interval that I’ve deliberate.
I’ll discuss extra about what sort of visa I get and what I’ve needed to do in an effort to get the permission I would like to remain in Schengen Europe for greater than three months in a future weblog submit. For now, nevertheless, simply know I’ve gathered all the required paperwork wanted for my visa utility and I might be going into Los Angeles subsequent week to use for my visa.
If every little thing goes properly with the visa utility, I plan on instantly reserving a flight all the way down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with my bicycle and all my different gear in tow. I’m not going to ebook the flight, nevertheless, till I do know that I’ve my European visa sorted out. So, if issues go properly at my visa appointment, I ought to be down on the southern tip of Baja Mexico earlier than the tip of February, 2014. If issues don’t go properly at my visa appointment, Mexico should wait till I give you a brand new plan for acquiring a European visa.
If I make it to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, I’ll assembled my bicycle there after which journey north for about three weeks earlier than reaching my aunt and uncle’s home within the San Diego, California space. I’m planning to stick with my aunt and uncle for every week or two… after which I’ll proceed biking north for just a few days again to my mother and father’ home in Ventura County.
Me biking alongside the bicycle path close to the pier in Ventura, California.
At this level, I’ll solely have just a few weeks left earlier than my flight to Europe on Could thirteenth and the beginning of my 6-month bicycle touring journey across the Baltic Sea and Taiwan.
Between making use of for my visa and getting ready to cycle all of Baja, Mexico, I’ve been doing lots of enjoyable issues currently. I’ve been assembly up with a few of my outdated associates from California (a few of which I’ve not seen in additional than a decade), and I’ve been enjoying in a weekly recreation of trampoline dodgeball within the Los Angeles space. It’s been a blast!
Watch the video above to see what I did in the course of the month of January, 2014.
I’ve additionally lately launched all of my fashionable bicycle touring books in paperback kind. The Important Information To Touring Bicycles, Winter Biking, and Stretching For Cyclists can now all be bought both as digital ebooks or as conventional paperback books which can be mailed to your house.
Along with all this, I’ve simply launched a brand new bicycle touring WordPress weblog theme that you need to use to create your very personal bicycle touring weblog or web site. The response to the design to date has been overwhelmingly constructive and it’s nice to see that so many individuals are benefiting from all of the onerous work I put into this challenge.
If you’re fascinated by studying how you can create your individual bicycle touring weblog or web site as a way to doc your biking adventures on-line and share photos, tales, maps and movies out of your journey along with your family and friends again dwelling, you should definitely seize my free weblog/web site creation information, “5 Simple Steps To Creating A Bike Tour Weblog”.
The most important challenge of all that I’ve been engaged on currently is a brand new and improved model of “The Bicycle Traveler’s Blueprint”.
“The Bicycle Traveler’s Blueprint” is my best-selling how-to bicycle touring ebook about how you can plan, put together for, and execute the bicycle tour of your goals. Hundreds of individuals from everywhere in the world have used the knowledge on this textual content to assist themselves conduct unbelievable bicycle touring adventures in numerous areas all throughout the planet.
Whereas the ebook has performed a wonderful job of serving to so many individuals conduct wonderful bicycle excursions, I’ve lately determined that I nonetheless have much more I wish to do and say with “The Bicycle Traveler’s Blueprint”. So I’ve been working for the previous a number of months to show “The Bicycle Traveler’s Blueprint” into, not simply an unbelievable bicycle touring useful resource, however the perfect how-to bicycle touring ebook that has even been created.
I’m doing this partly by including a whole bunch of pages of latest content material and data. However greater than something, I’m working to alter “The Bicycle Traveler’s Blueprint” into one thing that’s greater than only a how-to ebook, however is extra of a how-to course designed to stroll you thru every little thing it’s essential to know earlier than conducting a bicycle tour of any size or form. The brand new ebook will include worksheet pages and in-depth chapter summaries that aid you to not solely perceive the numerous aspects of bicycle touring, however act as a coaching instrument to mentally and bodily put together you for the lifetime of a bicycle traveler.
The brand new model of “The Bicycle Traveler’s Blueprint” ought to be completed by across the first of April, 2014 and when it’s launched it ought to be properly over 400 pages lengthy, include extra helpful data than every other cycle-touring information on the planet, and, I hope, will catapult itself into the bicycle touring historical past books. It’s going to be wonderful… and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Me working within the yard of my mother and father’ dwelling in Southern California.
So, that’s what I’m at the moment engaged on in the meanwhile. I’m getting my European journey visa sorted out, I’m getting ready for my Baja, Mexico bike journey, and I’m engaged on the brand new and improved model of “The Bicycle Traveler’s Blueprint”.
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Thanks for studying and keep tuned to BicycleTouringPro.com for extra wonderful photographs, movies, tales and how-to data over the subsequent a number of days, weeks and months. And you should definitely observe the journey on-line at Fb, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.