Departing Oxford on 1st February 2000
we will initially head east towards London. Once through the metropolis
we will turn to the north-east as we set off for Harwich. We will then
take a ferry across to the Netherlands. After a slight diversion to the
cycling mecca of Amsterdam we will turn towards the south, where we eventually
hope to find warmer winds and sunshine.....
We will pass through Belgium and Luxembourg as
we move towards the Mediterranean. Hoping the cycling behind us has
prepared us for the mountains ahead we climb towards Switzerland - and
the Alps. Conquering mountain passes as the winter snow begins to melt,
we then move into the North of Italy.
Avoiding traffic on the coastal roads we will
ride down the spine of Italy through the Appenines, heading for the
Brindisi ferry which will take us and our wheels to magical Greece.
With the Aegean Sea to our right we curve eastwards towards Turkey and
Iran. As the temperature rises we carry on into Pakistan and India,
where, faced by the summer monsoon, we put our bikes to one side for
a few weeks and wait for the rains to pass us by.
We head south through India and hope to catch
a ferry from either Bombay or Calcutta. We will then pedal through South
East Asia until we can find some transport to Australia.
After arriving in Darwin we turn east towards
the Pacific - then south towards Sydney - and bed!