This year I’m going to be biking from Europe to Asia. My goal is to raise $50,000 dollars for the Major Taylor Project (MTP) with support from Cascade Bicycle Club.
MTP’s goal is to get students in underserved and diverse communities on bicycles. My Americorps position with MTP requires me to work with after school bicycle clubs in South Seattle as a Ride Leader and as Ride Leader support, help maintain the fleet of bicycles for students, work with bike club volunteers and help the MTP/Cascade Bicycle Club with events and planning.
**Fundraiser link: For The Kids (fundraiser video is below)
My plan is to start from Estonia and make my way down south and eventually east. Something like this —
But I found out that the 2017 Blackburn Ranger program is sponsoring people to ride in Europe! I applied last year to do the Pacific Coast route and was interviewed but unfortunately wasn’t selected. I am a persistent bastard so I applied again 🙂
Here’s my video application —
If I happen to be chosen, I would switch my route to the El Camino De Santiago in Spain but in reverse then continue East.
Otherwise, Eastern Europe here I come! I’ve been wanting to ride along the Silk Road for the past couple years and after saving, living in a van and gathering gear, I’m finally ready.
Start in Estonia: September
Balkans: Dec-? (Greece to hide out the winter)
Stans: April-May to enjoy the mountainous regions when it become hot
Southeast Asia: November-December-? Ideally when it starts getting colder and if I have enough $ to continue
Why Europe to Asia?
This whole crazy idea started while I was serving in China for the Peace Corps. I remember like it was yesterday. The first week at my Peace Corps site I had my site mate, Kolter, take me to the local bicycle shop and he convinced me to spend 95% of my volunteer stipend to buy Felicity.
After my obsession for cycling quickly grew, I found out about bicycle touring. I started planning to cycle from China towards Europe after my service was over. The only problem was that I disliked living in China and teaching English. Fast forward a few months later I was living in Queenstown, New Zealand with my partner at the time. One particular day I received an email from Warmshowers.org, a cyclist hosting website and a cyclist messaged me to host her last minute. Zsofia in the final stretch of her year-long tour beginning in the U.K. and making it all the way to Asia. I couldn’t wait to meet her and listen to everything she shared.
One day I received an email from Warmshowers.org, a cyclist hosting website and Sofia messaged me to host her last minute. Sofia was in the final stretch of her year-long tour beginning in the U.K. and making it all the way to Asia. I couldn’t wait to meet her and listen to everything she shared. During our conversation,
“I asked, how did you get started cycling?” Zsofia answered, “Because I got bored.”
Although I was probably the 1000th person she told about her journey. She shared her stories with enthusiasm as if I was the first one she had ever told. Funny stories of border crossings, her experiences in Iran and the countless encounters. I had no doubt that I was going to do the same.