Kilometres Cycled this time last year: 23,630
Kilometres cycled now: 38,292
Total for the year: 14,662 Location this time last year: Rizhao, China Current Location: Emiliano Zapato, Chiapas, Mexico Countries visited this year: 6. China, Korea, Japan, USA, Canada & Mexico Favourite Places: Korea, Vancouver Wouldn't go back to: The Yukon, or in fact most of the Alaska Highway which to be honest I didn't find to be a particularly enthralling ride. I'd go back to Whitehorse though, I just wouldn't get there on a bike. Favourite ride: The Dalton Highway, by quite some distance. Hardest ride: The Dalton Highway, by quite some distance. Best day: Getting to Tokyo airport after nearly 15 months knowing that Stage 1 was now complete. Worst day: Any of the 10 days of rain between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. The loneliness got to me and my mental health deteriorated pretty badly. Luckily Whitehorse cheered me up. Longest day: 145km on the Alaska Highway. Number of crashes: 1 - Just the one this year - flattened by a truck in Japan but I was lucky enough to walk away - the driver even stopped to give me money equivalent to a tenner. Bike Problems: Apart from 2 cracked rims, both at times when replacements were easily available, and a pedal which broke on the way into Deadhorse I've been pretty lucky this year. Best purchase: Netbook. I survived 18 months without technology before I gave in and got one in Canada. I've become happier because of it and am now in control of when I can contact home, although that's not to say I call the UK more frequently! Piece of kit I've not used: Same as last year - Katadyn Water Filter - It's not left its bag this year - The Mexican tap water just tastes too good. Biggest headache: The fact it rained pretty much constantly from April to November. Best beer: Any of the ones I tried at the Rogue Brewery in Oregon, also a special mention to the Alaskan IPA. Worst alcohol: I felt ripped off by Sake in Japan - it's a slightly worse Soju equivalent at double the price. Best looking women: Korea, Whitehorse, Vancouver. Not L.A. Couldn’t live without: The company of the gentlemen over at the 365 Forum. Thing I miss most from home: Saveloys and a proper pie. Guinness. Biggest surprise: How some of the people I met in Alaska made Sarah Palin look normal. Hope for the coming year: To finally sort out some travel insurance Where did I predict myself to be on the 29th April 2010? Colombia. If I hadn't stopped to work for 3 months at various times this would have been pretty much bang on. Where do I predict myself to be on the 29th April 2011? Zambia?
A video highlighting a few of the places and people I've met and been too over the last couple of years, enjoy!