(London to Istanbul)
1st pass: 5010 km / 4 months
2nd pass: est. 4000 km / 3½ months
The Middle East 
(Istanbul to Cairo)
3236 km / 2½ months
(Cairo to Cape Town*)
14,969 km / 9 months
South America 
(Ushuaia to Cartagena)
16,783 km / 12½ months
Central and North America 
(Panama to Prudhoe Bay)
14,331 km / 9 months

4116 km / 3 months

(Indonesia, Singapore to India, Hong Kong to The Caucasus)
23,875 km / 21 months

* I spent three months in Cape Town, this was the only occasion I stayed in one place for any significant length of time during my journey.


Distance cycled86,209 km (53,567 miles) over 6 years
Unpaved distance11,248 km
Top speed78.9 km/hr (Paso Libertadores, Argentina)
Longest distance in one day209 km (130 miles) – Namibia
Lowest point423 m (1388 ft) below sea level (Dead Sea, Jordan)
Highest point5119 m (16,795 ft) above sea level (Abra Loncopata, Peru)
Favourite placeImpossible to say! However the most memorable countries for me were those very different to home, often places with a history of isolation: Ethiopia, Myanmar and Mongolia are good examples.
Toughest climbPerhaps La Esperanza to Miran de Alto, Ecuador (2000 m continuous climb, average grade 8%, unpaved)
Lowest TemperatureMinus 34°C (minus 29°F), Mongolia
Highest Temperature46°C (The Omo Valley, Ethiopia)
Highest wind speed68 mph (Patagonia -measured with kestrel WM)
Books read168
Most days without a break20 (Patagonia)
Most days without a shower11 (Africa)
Body weight – highest / lowest80 kg (prior to departure) / 66 kg (Peru)
Other cycle tourers I met en route534 (incl. 240 in Asia, 262 in the Americas)


Bike Bits 

Bike PartNumber
Punctures / Flats221
Longest distance on one tyre15,793 km (Schwalbe Marathon Extreme)
Broken spokes29
Inner Tubes69
Pedals (sets)10
Brake pads (sets)20
Chainwheels (front and back)5 and 4
Rear Rohloff Hubs5
Bottom Brackets6
Cables (sets)16
Racks (front and back)3 and 3
Panniers – sets (front and back)4 and 3
Rims (front and back)3 and 2


My Bedrooms

Slept for free – 63%
In my tent – 45%
In people’s homes – 29% 
(that includes family and friends, strangers who invite me in off the road or people I have contacted via travel networking websites like or

I have slept in a wide variety of less traditional bedrooms including, but not limited to, police stations, hospitals, schools, churches, monasteries, convents, army barracks, a crocodile farm, a water storage tank, a derelict castle, a mine and inside a shed with a water buffalo.


Total Cost of VISAs, departure taxes, registration, new passports: 1436 pounds (2026 dollars)

Cost of VISAs per continent:

Asia: 943 pounds
Africa: 274 pounds
The Americas: 39 pounds
Australia / Europe: free

Monthly average spent on accommodation: 55 pounds
It’s difficult to say with accuracy how much I’ve spent on food, though this has easily been my biggest expense. Other significant costs include replacement parts for my bicycle and replacement equipment – tents, stoves, clothing etc.

Comments (4)

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    Sweta Kandari


    short on words right now, but I have utmost respect and "you have inspired me" beyond what I can describe !!! I salute your spirit and will phew !!!! 6 years!! wow… I am 25 now and i am definitely pumped up !!! 🙂 🙂

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    Great summary! It is amazing what you are doing! And you're almost back home!

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    'In a shed with a water buffalo' just about sums up a world cycle Steve – classic. Mega congrats on this epic achievement. Very well done indeed!

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    Benjamin Hargis


    Wonderful post, just stumbled across your blog. Impressive stats too, it appears, like me, you are particularly hard on a bike. Best of luck in your finish and I look forward to more post!

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