People often ask us how this idea even came about, so lets go back to the very beginning.
I had bought a cheap second hand bike so that I could cycle to work and had encouraged Melanie to do the same. Fancying herself as Rachel McAdams from The Notebook, Mel purchased a bike with a basket very similar to that pictured.
After nervy beginnings, we happily commuted to work on a daily basis, and explored the bike trails of Melbourne at the weekends.
Fast-forward a year or so and I was having a cigarette when Mel arrived home from work. As couples do all over the world, Mel asked me how my day was.
It was the same. The same as the day before. Uneventful. Dull. We were bored. Frustrated with our jobs and looking for an adventure, Mel said something throwaway – “Why don’t we cycle across the Nullarbor to Perth?” The seed had been planted.
Off I went. Google was my friend. I searched for bike touring. No, not motorbike touring, bicycle touring. So much information. Which bike should we buy? What about equipment? How do you even pronounce pannier?
Melanie, as seems to often be the case, just let me get on with it. Then one night, after another 3 hours of spurious research, I turned to her and said, “I think we should do it you know.”
“We should cycle to London.”
It was on.
Fast-forward to now. It’s Saturday 8th September and I’m writing the About page of our blog. The route has changed. We’re attempting the Pan-American highway from South to North. The flights to Argentina are booked for December 4th. We have a myriad of practical, multi-use, lightweight, folds away to smaller than a loaf of bread camping equipment sat in our spare room and we’re flogging every item we own. Now does anyone know someone who wants to buy a car…