One big trip, too many miles….

15 flights, 4 bikes, trains, countless buses and a few taxis later…. starting and finishing at home, here’s a breakdown of the miles I covered over the 10 weeks travels.

23/9/18

Mile 0 – clipped a downpipe as I left the house shattering it and making a nice dent in the wing mirror of the car; start as you mean to go on?!

Mile 126 – joined the Queue of No Personal Space for check in, then security and relax – with a typical airport standard cup of joe. Flight to Nice awaits.

Mile 906 – Bonjour from Nice – bag and bike in one piece, filled the boiler and awaiting the rest of the lads to land before making tracks for Finale Ligure via Brexit Ben’s Bus.

Mile 992 – Bonjourno from Finale Ligure – a super dinner of roast chicken and veg, orange cake and beer in the villa. Bike built, wash, bed.

30/9/18

Mile 1078 – Bonjour Nice again, time to get the bike home, grab my backpack and make tracks for the big one.

Mile 1858 – Dia duit Atha Cliath – car, home time.

Mile 1984 – home, zzzz.

1/10/18

Mile 2110 – Atha Cliath, Terminal 2, onto the big bird for the long haul.

Mile 6023 – Márhaba, ahlan from Dubai -overnight stop, time for some kip.

2-3/10/18

Mile 13506 – G’day Sydney. Quick stop, onwards to Wellington.

3/10/18

Mile 14888 – and finally, relax – Kia ora from Wellington, NZ.

5/10/18

Mile 14951 – ferry across Cook Strait to Picton, welcome to the South Island

Mile 15074 – Abel Tasman National Park, Marahua to jump on a water taxi to our floating hostel.

7/10/18

Mile 15223 – On down the west coast for next stop, Westport.

8/10/18

Mile 15393 – Franz Josef, glaciers, rainforests and hot tubs.

10/10/18

Mile 15611 – my happy place, Queenstown – mountain bikes, snowboards and smiles

13/10/18

Mile 15790 – stunning Milford Sound.

Mile 15863 – Te Anau – coffee, carrot cake and chill.

14/10/18

Mile 16013 – jump on a bike for the Central Otago line

16/10/18

Mile 16288 – Christchurch and a night in a prison cell (ex-prison cell)

17/10/18

Mile 16400 – Kaikora, planning some North Island fun

18/10/18

Mile 16561 – and we’re back in Wellington for a few tears and goodbyes 😢

19/10/18

Mile 16761 – Turangi for the Tongariro Crossing.

20/10/18

Mile 16792 – an easy 31 miles to Taupo.

21/10/18

Mile 16843 – Rotorua for some Maori and thermal park fun.

23/10/18

Mile 16891 – quick stop in Galatea to catch Maraike

Mile 17071 – final stop NZ, the stunning Cathedral Cove

24/10/18

Mile 17173 – Auckland airport to head to Santiago, and onwards to Buenos Aires. Cheerio Cailin.

25/10/18

Mile 23640 – Buenos Aires – sleep.

28/10/18

Mile 23701 – short boat trip to Colonia Del Sacramento

29/10/18

Mile 23814 – Montevideo for more bike trips

31/10/18

Mile 23997 – Estancia stay for Halloween facepaints, horses and hammocks

3/11/18

Mile 24697 – all aboard the overnight bus of farts to beautiful Iguazú Falls

5/11/18

Mile 25367 – flight to Sao Paolo

Mile 25538 – on to Paraty

7/11/18

Mile 25603 – buses and boats to Ilha Grande for a beach and a soaking

9/11/18

Mile 25701 – Rio – Stefi, favela death bus, city tour and Copacabana poses

12/2/11/18

Mile 28046 – another flight, another city, another country – Lima

13/11/18

Mile 28696 – flight to Cusco

15/11/18

Mile 28741 – off to Ollantaytambo

18/11/18

Mile 28761 – and we reached Machu Picchu

Mile 28807 – Back to Cusco

19/11/18

Mile 28907 – Rainbow Mountain and back to Cusco

22/11/18

Mile 29557 – flight to Lima, time for Canada

Mile 33570 – Montreal madness, fun times with immigration

Mile 35870 – and finally to Vancouver

24/11/18

Mile 35880 – Capliano Suspension Bridge

26/11/18

Mile 37967 – flight to Toronto, en route home to surprise the folks

Mile 41254 – dia duit Dublin

Mile 41352 – well Belfast

Mile 41392 – Ballymena

Mile 41400 – and I’m home.

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