In green you see the route I intend(ed) to take. I left the North Cape on April 12th, 2012. The actual route taken is marked in Blue and Red. Let’s hope there will be peace in all countries en-route (and in the rest of the world!)
UPDATE: ARRIVAL AT CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 15-03-2013 !!!
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I hope splitting the route up into different stages will distract me from thinking about the total distance still to go (a total of +- 22.000km).
My preliminary schedule looks like this. Feel free to contact me if you want to ride along for some part of the way!
Below was my intended schedule. Eventually I cycled 20.000km and took the route you can see on the map above. For the stages in orange I eventually chose a different route.
|Stage||From – To||Kilometer||Month|
|1||North Cape – Stockholm||1700||April/May|
|2||Stockholm – Copenhagen||700||May|
|3||Copenhagen – Amsterdam||900||May/June|
|4||Amsterdam – Munchen||1000||June|
|5||Munchen – Belgrade||1200||June/July|
|6||Belgrade – Istanbul||900||July|
|MIDDLE EAST (3900km)|
|7||Istanbul – Antalya||900||August|
|8||Antalya – Aleppo||900||August|
|9||Aleppo – Amman||700||August|
|10||Amman – Cairo||500||August|
|11||Cairo – Aswan||900||September|
|12||Aswan – Khartoum||1200||September|
|13||Khartoum – Gondar||800||September/October|
|14||Gondar – Addis||800||October|
|15||Addis – Moyale||800||October|
|16||Moyale – Nairobi||800||October/November|
|17||Nairobi – Dar es Salaam||1000||November|
|18||Dar es Salaam – Mtwara||600||November|
|19||Mtwara – Nampula||700||December|
|20||Nampula – Zambezi||700||December|
|21||Zambezi – Maputo||1500||December/January|
|22||Maputo – Durban||600||January|
|23||Durban – Port Elizabeth||1000||January|
|24||Port Elizabeth – Cape of Good Hope||800||February|
Do I need to cheat?!
As a true believer in Renewable Energy I will try to avoid vehicles which directly burn fuel as much as I can. Unfortunately my bicycle is not much of a floating device giving me some trouble in crossing rivers, and sea-straits. I foresee some trouble cycling on these small stretches of the route:
1. The Øresund
Although there is a combination of a bridge and a tunnel between Sweden and Denmark they do not allow cyclists to pass through. Instead I hitched a ride on a sailing boat from Helsingborg to Hornsbæk!
2. The Storebælt
Getting from the Danish island of Sjælland to Fugen I had to pretend to be a car to cross this bridge:
3. Aswan – Wadi Halfa
Unfortunately, the only way to travel from Aswan to Wadi Halfa is by boat. It’s not the most comfortable boatride I have ever had, but it was an experience not to forget!
4. The border between Tanzania and Mozambique
To cross the river I hope to make use of this ferry
So already now I can say: yes, I will be cheating!