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.