Around the World (RTW)
For 17 years I’ve been slightly obsessed by the idea of cycling Around the World. There is something about the thought of completing a lap of our planet.
Already I’ve witnessed how countries blend and cultures mix, how the land and the weather is all part of one big system. I want to see it all and I want to see it at pedal power speed. Slow enough to feel and smell changes, whilst fast enough to be rewarded for a day on the bike by looking at a map.
Definitions range from ( =1,000km):
BIGGEST- Circumference of the world- 40,008km- shortest from South to North / North to South.
Slightly longer around the equator- 40,077km. So the Earth is a bit of a Rugby ball.
Cross the equator and two antipodal points (180 degrees apart- like a tunnel through the globe to the other side) Roughly 24,000km
Here is a website for finding antipodal points.
e.g. For Limerick it’s just off Campbell Island near New Zealand. Indonesia’s ,on the equator, would be Peru.
Only 29% of the world’s surface is land = 11,600km
Current distance cycled since the year 2000 on tours- 24,380km (to Nov 2017)
So 24000km would be enough to feel that I’ve done the world but..... the thought of a circumnavigation of the planet does feel nice.