As the effects of global warming grow,
Government action decreases. We wanted to see the world while contributing
as little as possible to its' destruction. We also wanted to search for
solutions to the transport crisis and found the bicycle offered the best
compromise. Both of us are very new to the virtues of the bicycle (having
spent most of our lives on four wheels). We were excited to discover that
cycling offers you the intimacy of a walk in the countryside combined
with the ability to cover serious distances (at least fifty miles a day).
It is amazing how effortless cycling becomes
when you swap the old '3 speed' for something designed for comfort.
We haven't forgotten the first time we test-drove the Super Galaxy in
the sunshine outside Warlands Cycles in Oxford. Despite fond affections
for the £50 second-hand mountain bikes we've had for years, the
Dawes machine felt like something else!
We aim to minimize our impact on the environment
by avoiding aeroplanes during the entire expedition, relying instead
on ferries, cargo ships and leisure yachts for all ocean crossings.
This will no doubt be an ongoing lesson in patience as we wait anxiously
in various ports en-route. The most challenging sea voyage will be from
Indonesia to Australia. Even though everyone on The Lonely
Planet's 'thorn tree' has explained the difficulties, we are determined
to make it onto a boat bound for Oz. Air travel consumes 37 times more
energy than that taken by sea - and for that reason alone we don't want
to give up on our objectives so close to the finish line...
In addition to this web site, we hope to share
the adventure with a global audience through an investigative travel
book, the filming and production of a documentary series, newspaper
and magazine articles and an environmental photographic exhibition.