Instalment 1: Third time lucky for big wheel, big world tour
Joff Sutherland talks about his latest attempt to ride around the world
by Penny Farthing
Following your dreams can become quite a quest. My dream has been for a long time now to cycle around the world on my Penny Farthing bicycle. Unfortunately for me I have not been blessed with the best of knees, so this will be my third attempt to circle the globe upon my large wheel. On my first try I didn’t even leave England, but the second had me on the road for nearly three wonderful months wheeling across Europe until the joints gave out in Budapest. I am supporting the Born Free foundation while away, undertaking their zoo check project and raising funds for them through the donation link on my website http://pennyfarthingworldtour.com
The route to be followed this time will take me across Europe to Prague, then down to Hungary and onwards to Turkey. Iran will be the next destination, then Pakistan and up into China. Tibet and Nepal roll of the tongue with ease, and I hope they will roll under my wheel with as much grace, then the wonderful India. Onto SE Asia, a hop onto Indonesia, and another to Australia and NZ. The States and Canada should guide me home in possibly two or three years.
Travelling light is in order so a change of clothes and the lightest of tents will be my luggage. My budget is £5 a day, more than enough for food to fill the stomach of a touring cyclist who free camps across the world.