Thanks

This page is going to be a list of people who have helped me on my way, apologies if I missed anyone, sometimes there is a lot going on:

  • My mother for various ongoing.
  • Rubina for being a great travel buddy and for all her help, too much to mention. 23/10 to 26/11
  • Sean and Nick at Bertie Maffoon’s bicycle shop Marlborough for lessons on bicycle maintenance and cycling ergonomics and fielding a call when I had issues on the road in India and again in China.
  • Two old ladies round Camberly for excellent directions. 12/8
  • Two old men near Crawley for getting me to Roffey. 13/8
  • Lindsay, Adam and Nathan for sharing their dinner and conversation near Guines. 15/8
  • A man for making sure I was OK while airing my tent and making sure I had everything I need. 16/8
  • A lady near Menem for making sure I had somewhere to stay. 16/8
  • Magda and Dirk for their incredible hospitality including a three course meal, breakfast, comfy bed and good conversation. 16/8 and 17/8
  • A man near Kortrijk for making sure I was OK with the diversion. 17/8
  • A lady near Kortrijk for directing me to the right waterway. 17/8
  • An old couple near Pecq for directions to the town. 17/8
  • The route marshals on a Belgian family bike ride for helping me get towards Mons with varying success. 17/8
  • A man for leading me on his bike towards Erbisoeul. 17/8
  • A man in Erbisoeul for going and checking the internet when he didn’t know the campsite I was looking for. Them cycling me to the nearest one. 17/8
  • Noel at the 3 Etangs campsite for settling me in in spite of not working there. 17/8
  • The mysterious owners of the 3 Etangs campsite for not charging me to camp. 17/8
  • A lady in Herve for directions to Villiers St Ghislain. 18/8
  • A man in Flauchin for directions to Fauroeulx 18/8
  • A Belgium family for showing me where things were at Camping de Sanglier as once again the owners hid from me.
  • Etienne for pacing me into Luxembourg and for the Belgian version of an apple turnover 19/8
  • Dora and Pavel for spoiling me for three days in Luxembourg. 19/8  to 22/8
  • Man in Saarbrucken for unsolicited directions to campsite and sightseeing tips. 22/8
  • Man on tractor in Bois de Lorraine for directions. 23/8
  • Man on Zorn canal for slip stream 23/8
  • Marie, Jonas, Florian and Elise for food, a place to stay and company in Strasbourg.
  • Three German cyclists sheltering from rain in Black Forest for help with route. 24/8
  • Lady walking dog for directions to Furtwange. 24/8
  • Group having BBQ for directions to Bergstrasse in Simonswald. 24/8
  • Lady at guesthouse for further clarification of route to Bergstrasse. 24/8
  • Lady in street for further further clarification of route to Bergstrasse. 24/8
  • Reiner and Lotti for great food, great conversation, riding me to Freiburg and tour guiding. 24/8 and 25/8
  • Lady working in bakery in Heitersheim for offering to bring a chair out for me to sit on. 25/8
  • Old man cycling for making sure I was on the right track to Solothurn. 26/8
  • Bike mechanic in Oberbipp for dropping everything to make a noise my bike was making go away as if by magic. 26/8
  • Johanna, Diego and Annette for their hospitality and keeping my plate full in Neuchatel. 26/8 and 27/8
  • Man in Grandson for checking I wasn’t lost and a quick chat. 27/8
  • Man on bike in Yverdon for taking an interest and making sure I was on cycle route 50. 27/8
  • Chris and Lucie for great fun and food in Geneva and especially Chris for being in when I arrived and feeding me delicious pasta. 27/8 to 30/8
  • Man in Thonon les Bains for taking photo of me. 30/8
  • Three Chinese cyclists for their slipstream and a chat near Vouvry. 30/8
  • Stefan, a fellow camper near Evionnaz, for being very kind, repairing a badly punctured inner tube, a beer and leaving me more confident on my trip after his advice. 30/8
  • Mechanic in Martigny for fixing my mudguard for free. 31/8
  • Man with Porsche for taking photo of me on col Grand Saint Bernard. 31/8
  • Various people on the climb up the Col Grand Saint Bernard for their words of encouragement. 31/8
  • Man at top of the Col for a couple of glasses of coke. 31/8
  • Man in Fenis for explaining campsite was closed and directing me to next one (advice I ignored) 31/8
  • Lady at lunch stop near Vercelli for filling my water bottle with water and ice. 1/9
  • Laurent and Lara for looking after me wonderfully in Milan. 1/9 to 4/9
  • Cheese lady in Cova for getting out of her cheese van to give me my cheese and change as I was holding my bike. 4/9
  • Female cycle tourist near Lake Garda for road and campsite advice. 4/9
  • French couple at Serennimus camping for help with washing line. 5/9
  • Three German cyclists for helping me get out of the black hole that was Venice. 6/9
  • Suzie and Mathus for three great days cycling and sharing advice, food and camps. 6/9 to 8/9
  • Italian group near Trieste for figs and donuts. 7/9
  • Man in Trieste for getting out of his car to give directions. 7/8
  • Man in Rijeka for coming over and offering me directions around the 1km tunnel I was looking at with trepidation. 8/9
  • Ivica for everything, including teaching me to chop wood, fish and play darts and incredible hospitality. 9/9 to 11/9
  • Ivica’s mother for all the great food. 9/9 to 11/9
  • Danijela and Mario for drinks and cocolina. 10/9
  • Viktoria for a stick of gum in Lovinac. 10/9
  • Lady at Braja restaurant for a coke on the house. 10/9
  • German couple for checking I was ok when laid out by side of road. 11/9
  • Pair of Croatian cyclists for making sure I had everything and for a chat. 11/9
  • Simo, Djacko and Mrs Simo for tea,rakkia and lunch while staying at their guest house in Knin. 12/9
  • Simo’s brother for a plum. 12/9
  • Group of youths in Imotski for directions to a hotel and offer of cola. 13/9
  • Proprietoress at guesthouse in Imotski for breakfast snacks. 13/9
  • Pair of Italian cycle tourists for chat in Mostar. 14/9
  • American couple in Dubrovnik for taking an interest. 15/9
  • Marko in Mikulici for a place to sleep and Apple sauce for dessert. 15/9
  • Polish bikers for insisting on giving me a couple of Euro in exchange for the Kuna I was trying to offload on them at the Montenegran border. 16/9
  • Will for good company over a couple of days riding. 17/9 to 18/9
  • Eddie, Tessa, Eddie’s parents, Donna, Astrid, Arnold, Gerald, Mani and Gracie for all their incredible kindness and hospitality while I was in Tirana. 18/9 to 20/9
  • Gazum for leading me through the tunnel and along the highway to Elbasan like a professional. 20/9
  • Little girl for taking photo of me and Gazum near Elbasan. 20/9
  • Shop lady for giving me a beer crate to sit on while I ate my yogurts near Librazhd. 20/9
  • German couple for stopping to check how I was doing near Qukës. 20/9
  • Lads in car for making sure I wasn’t lost near Qukës. 20/9
  • Man in car near Kalishta for directions to accommodation. 20/9
  • Apple selling lady for giving me one of each of the three types of apples she was selling and refusing payment near Resen. 21/9
  • Dr Valentin Milosevski for checking I was OK, directing me to a hotel and giving me his card in case of problems. 21/9
  • Greek motorcyclist for pulling over to give me route advice and offering me apples. 22/9
  • Greek man at Thessaloniki Lidl who spoke no English for advice on muesli purchase and then driving after me to give me some snack bars as a gift. 23/9
  • Greek men outside shop in Nea Kavali for directions to campsite. 24/9
  • Man in Xanthi for giving me Wifi password for cafe on square I was sitting on. 25/9
  • Kyrgıos in Komotini supermarket for questions encouragement and back slaps. 25/9
  • Hotel Hellas owner for letting me hang my washing and use of hose to clean bike. 26/9
  • Georgian and Ukranian ladies living in Sikorrachi for invitation to sit with them outside their shop and later directions on ignomious return to village. 27/9
  • Old lady at end of road in hills for directions back. 27/9
  • Man ın Sikorrachi for gift of ice cold pears and apples from his home. 27/9
  • Man ın Ardani for directions to nearest hotel, which I ignored as in opposite directıon. 27/9
  • Visa man for sweet at Greek Turkish border. 27/9
  • Macedonian guys waiting ın queue for customs for getting out of car to ask questions about my trip. 27/9
  • Man in Ipsala for directions to hotel. 27/9
  • Guys in Ipsala pansiyon for directions towards real hotel. 27/9
  • Hotel guy for lettıng me bring my bike ın the hotel on carpet ın Ipsala. 27/9
  • Road crew near Yerlisu for calling me over to share their lunch. 28/9
  • Esra and Koray for delious dinner, bed and breakfast and good conversation in Gelibolu. 28/9 and 29/9,
  • Ferry men for not charging me for ferry from Gelibolu to Cardak. 29/9
  • Shopkeeper ın Cardak for offer of coffee (avoided) and for gift of apples and about 1/2kg of grapes. 29/9
  • Man at shop near Osmaniye for puttıng out a table and chairs for me to eat my lunch at. 29/9
  • Petrol statıon attendant at Gonen petrol station for letting me camp there no questions asked and offer of coffee (refused). 29/9
  • Orsi for hotel help, map of Ankara and hanging out. 30/9 to 2/10
  • Old lady at Hotel Nadir in Bozuyuk for making me wrap up warm before leaving. 3/10
  • Salcuk for helping me find a hotel in Eskisehir and for giving me his number in case of trouble. 3/10
  • Hıghway service station men for taking an interest and directions to an ATM. 4/10
  • Emre for inviting me unasked to stay at his place, dinner, breakfast, helpful advice and generally being a really nice guy. 4/10 to 5/10
  • Elizabeth for letting me couchsurf one night in Ankara and then offering another night when she realised I was in the city longer and for showing me round Ankara. 5/10 to 7/10
  • Elizabeth’s housemates for putting up with me for a couple of nights in Ankara. 5/10 to 7/10
  • Elham for cooking for me and sharing various foods and trying to get me a visa for Iran in Ankara 7/10 to 9/10
  • Beta for tea in Ankara 7/10
  • Supermarket man for a free mandarin Ankara 8/10
  • man at petrol station near Emirler for tea 9/10
  • Nut selling men for nuts 9/10
  • Hardware store man in Golbasi for helping me make bike chain 9/10
  • Petrol station men at Damla petrol station for tea and letting me sit in restaurant and eat my own food 9/10
  • Roadside melon seller for tea and gift of a huge melon near Toz Gulu 10/10
  • Petrol station man at Gocusman Petrol station for letting me camp and tea in the morning 10/10
  • Anna and Agnieska for giving me some bread and olives at Yasin’s Hostel, Goreme 11/10
  • Junko for showing me round Goreme and taking me on a hike to Cavusin 12/10 and 13/10
  • Ting and her friend for dried fruit and nuts at Yasin’s hostel, Goreme 12/10
  • Men on way to Kaymakli for tea 13/10
  • Sue Gee for bread and cheese in Goreme 13/10
  • Fruit seller on way to Kayseri for grapes and pears(?) 14/10
  • Carpet seller in Kayseri for showing me round caravanserai and explaining abouts carpets before trying to sell me one 14/10
  • Turkish gypsy people for tea and possibly offering food 15/10
  • Sarkisla petrol station man for letting me camp and tea and biscuits 15/10
  • Supermarket guy for holding my bike while I loaded it with food 16/10
  • Zara petrol station guys for letting me camp and tea 16/10
  • Men round bakery in Imranli for tea 17/10
  • Fruitseller in Imranli for grapes 17/10
  • Guys at electronics store in Imranli for sharing their lunch 17/10
  • Imranli internet cafe owner for free internet 17/10
  • Refahiye petrol station man for letting me camp 17/10
  • Cashier in restaurant at Refahiye petrol station for tea 17/10
  • Zafer for dinner, brunch, dinner again, trip to a Hammam, driving me to see the waterfalls and in general for being incredibly welcoming and hospitable in Erzincan. 18/10 to 19/10
  • Mehmet for tea and conversation in Erzincan. 19/10
  • Big guy in restaurant next to my hotel for helping me get bike into and out of cellar in Erzincan. 18/10 and 20/10
  • Road worked for offer of cigarette which I declined near Kelkit 20/10
  • Men at roadside cafe for inviting me in to use heater near Kelkit 20/10
  • Men in Kelkit for buying me tea and coffee and helping me find hotel. 20/10
  • Men in clothes shop for tea 20/10
  • Men in unknown village for offer of tea I declined as in a hurry 21/10
  • Man for telling me way to Sumela monastery suggested by googlemaps was in fact impassable by vehicle. 21/10
  • Lay at Tobrul for letting me try Kome and Pestil for free and gift of apples. 21/10
  • Post off man in Macka for tea 22/10
  • Man for grapes at Sumeal monastery 22/10
  • Busker at Sumela Monastery for grapes 22/10
  • Woman at Sumela monastery for unidentified fruit which may have been rotten and maggot riddled. 22/10
  • German tourist for telling me what he knew about Hagia Sofia in Trabzon. 23/10
  • Fidel, Sevgi, Gorkhun and Eren for having me to dinner in Trabzon 23/10
  • Burak and Phyllis for tea 24/10
  • Burak, Tamir and Nesip for hosting me for two nights in Rize and all the incredible hospitability that went with it 25/10 to 27/10
  • Phyllis for her amazing cooking while being hosted by her son Burak. 25/10 to 27/10
  • Off license men of gift of figs near Rize 24/10
  • Ladies for fruit in Rize 25/10
  • Fruit juice seller for some chestnuts in Rize 25/10
  • Petrol station workers for sharing their delicious lunch on the way to Hopa 26/10
  • Yusuf for being incredibly hospitable; providing a wonderful Turkish dinner and breakfast and hosting us for a night. Also for his conversation and time. 26/10 to 27/10
  • Irakli for hosting us for four days in Batumi, showing us round the town, taking us to a casino and generally being very hospitable. 27/10 to 31/10
  • Nicola for buying us drinks, giving us a lift in Batumi and offering to host us in Kutaisi. 27/10
  • Waiter for letting me use the toilet in the restaurant in spite of it being closed in Batumi. 28/10
  • Azeri consul for wishing me happy birthday two days early in Batumi. 31/10
  • Many Georgians by side of road for directions to Tbilisi. 31/10
  • Motorway maintenance men for slipstreaming us in their truck on way to Tbilisi. 31/10
  • Muruanidze family for taking us in and providing beds, food and drink. 31/10 to 1/11
  • Man for directions to Bagrat cathedral in Kutaisi. 1/11
  • Nicola again for picking up our bill in Kutaisi. 1/11
  • David for a place to stay in Kutaisi. 1/11
  • Lady at shop for free parsley. 2/11
  • Couple for finding us a guesthouse in Surami. 2/11
  • Two separate fruit sellers for gifts of apples on way to Gori. 3/11
  • Shopkeeper for giving me a cup of wine. 3/11
  • Lana for directions to hotel and advice on Gori. 3/11
  • Archil for the incredibly generous use of his flat in Tbilisi, helping me get stuff sent to Georgia, helping us get our washing done and advice on the city and generally being fantastic in spite of sickness. 4/11 to 9/11
  • Georgian ladies over the border in Azerbaijan for Cay 9/11
  • Family for taking us in and giving us dinner, breakfast and beds in Aghstafa 9/11 to 10/11
  • Men for wire to clean mud out of my mudguards near Aghstafa 10/11
  • Petrol station man for cay out of Aghstafa 10/11
  • Policeman and other man for directions in Ganja 10/11
  • Lucas for hosting us and getting us a warmshower in spite of no running water at his place, also for porridge in Ganja. 10/11 to 11/11
  • Henning and Ella for dinner, drinks and shower in Ganja 10/11
  • Men for directions to centre of Yevlakh. 11/11
  • Man in Yevlakh for gift of pomegranates 11/11
  • Rebecca in Yevlakh for hosting us for a night and showing us US/Azerbaijani hospitality including a wonderful, dinner and breakfast and great introductions. 11/11
  • Khoshbext muellime and Rena muellime for preparing an Azerbaijani dinner. 11/11
  • Reyhan muellime and her family for some lovely tea and conversation. 11/11
  • Man from shop outside Yevlakh for mandarins. 12/11
  • Man in cafe for fruit and tea outside Yevlakh. 12/11
  • Woman for sending son to find father to see if we could camp on their land in Syghyrly. 12/11
  • Sarvar and his family for taking us in and giving us dinner, breakfast and somewhere warm to stay in Syghyrly. 12/11
  • Man for offer of melon on roadside, refused. 13/11
  • Nicat for dinner, tea and letting us sleep on the floor of the cafe where he worked. 13/11
  • Man for helping me up subway stairs in Baku. 14/11
  • Jo and Kyle for absolutely incredible hospitality – letting me stay for almost two weeks and for making me feel very welcome and for all their other kindnesses. 14/11 to 25/11
  • Rashad for looking out for me on the trip across the Caspian 26/11 to 29/11
  • Crew of the Karabakh for various things on the trip across the Caspian Sea including access to the bridge 26/11 to 29/11
  • Tony for showing me where the migration office in Aktau was, where a cheap hotel was and various other help while sharing a room. 29/11 to 4/12
  • Helen for gifts of map of central asia, food, som and good advice and inspiration in Aktau 2/12.
  • Salima for taking me and Tony for a drink and introducing us to her friends in Aktau 1/12
  • The staff at Swediskoy cafe in Aktau for not kicking me out even though i stayed there for hours for just one coke on occasion. 29/11 to 3/12
  • Erbo and family for taking me in. 6/12
  • Yerlan for driving me out of the desert to Beyneu and giving me snacks too. 7/12
  • Lady for directions to ATM in Beyneu. 8/12
  • Many members of the Beyneu mobile phone selling indusry for collaborating to get internet on my phone. 8/12
  • Man in Beyneu Bazaar for letting me taste honey 9/12
  • Muktar at the Beyneu shooting range for letting me shoot for free and generally being nice. 9/12
  • Cleaning lady at hotel for helping me wipe down bike before I left Beyneu. 13/12
  • Man by side of road near Aqigilit for directions towards somewhere to sleep. 13/12
  • Men at train station for taking me somewhere to sleep in Aqigilit. 13/12
  • Man for sleeping in same room as me to keep me company in Aqigilit. 13/12
  • Man at Uzbek customs for holding bike for me. 14/12
  • People in Jasliq for trying to help me find somewhere to sleep. 15/12
  • Minibus men for lift out of desert to Kungrad and for making sure I had somewhere to sleep. 16/12
  • Reyma, Kurchan and Umichan for their wonderful hospitality and giving me somewhere to sleep in cold Kungrad. 16/12 to 17/12
  • Various people in Kungrad for directions towards Nukus. 17/12
  • Lady at Jipek Joli hotel in Nukus for hot water to clean bike with. 18/12
  • Family near Dosimboy for letting me sleep in their house and giving me dinner and breakfast. 19/12
  • Boy for leading me to Khiva old town on his bicycle. 20/12
  • Boy for giving me some cake things on the way into Khiva. 20/12
  • Girl for helping translate for me when buying honey in Khiva bazaar. 22/12
  • Alex for travel advice for when I left Khiva. 21/12
  • Family running the Alibek B&B for being kind and little extras. 20/12 to 24/12
  • Police for telling me to sleep at cafe in desert near Gazojak. 24/12
  • Cafe owner in the desert near Gazojak for letting me sleep at the cafe. 24/12
  • Cafe owner in middle of desert for telling me where next cafe would be in desert. 25/12
  • Man for trying to direct me to somewhere to sleep in the desert. 25/12
  • Ali and the guys for taking me in on Christmas Day in the middle of the desert near Sarimoy and letting me sleep in their building and giving me dinner and breakfast and generally being nice. 25/12
  • Cafe owner for pointing me towards nearby guesthouse in Gazli. 26/12
  • People in car for stopping and giving me bread and pomegranate juice in desert outside Gazli. 27/12
  • People for offers on tea on way to Bukhara 27/12
  • Lady at Sarrafon B&B in Bukhara for giving me hot water and a rag to clean bike. 27/12
  • Offer of tea on way to Navoi. 29/12
  • Akhtam and family for taking me in and giving me dinner and breakfast on way to Navoi. 29/12
  • Man for helping me up after slipping off bike on ice near Navoi. 30/12
  • Man for leading me in car to guesthouse in Kattakurgan. 30/12
  • Man for leading me from guesthouse previous man had led me to to another guesthouse I could stay in in Kattakurgan. 30/12
  • Aziz for showing me to restaurant in Kattakurgan and giving me gum. 30/12
  • Guesthouse lady for nuts. 30/12
  • Various for directions to Samarkand. 31/12
  • Japanese girl for the shashlik she wasn’t eating at the dinner at the B&B in Samarkand 31/12
  • Yoko for cake for everyone at dinner at the B&B in Samarkand. 31/12
  • B&B man for extra shashlik in Samarkand. 31/12
  • Seigo for taking photos of me round Samarkand. 1/1
  • Yusuke for some of his bread at lunch in Samarkand. 1/1
  • Japanese guy for offer of beer at dinner in Samarkand. 2/1
  • Various people for directions to bike mechanic in Samarkand. 2/1
  • Bike mechanic in Samarkand for grinding down an allen key of his into a tool for tightening my bottom bracket. 2/1
  • Various people for making sure I was on the right road to Tashkent. 3/1
  • Men for offer of food near Jizzakh. 4/1
  • Shopkeeper for bread and tea on way to Sirdarya 4/1
  • Various for directions to guesthouse in Sirdarya/ 4/1
  • Sultan for not charging me for dinner and breakfast in his restaurant and for giving me a bottle of vodka in Sirdarya. 4/1
  • Igor, Dmitri and Alex for fixing my bicycle up and Dmitri for donating his own bottom bracket. 6/1
  • Kazakh and Uzbek customs and border guys for taking me to the front of the various queues at Jipek Joli border crossing. 9/1
  • Various people for information concerning guesthouses or lack thereof around Qazygurt. 9/1
  • Gyldas’s family for taking me in and giving me dinner, breakfast and a warm place to sleep in Sharapkhana. 9/1 to 10/1
  • Lady for helping me get credit on my phone in Shymkent. 10/1
  • Guy at migration police in Shymkent for offering help in English. 10/1
  • Aliya for her incredible hospitality in Shymkent and making sure I had somewhere to sleep for two nights and dinner. 10/1 to 11/1
  • Aisulu for helping me with my Kazakh registration and showing me around town in Shymkent. 11/1
  • Usien for being the driver in Shymkent. 10/1 and 11/1
  • Girls in Shymkent for showing round the campus of their college. 11/1
  • Guy for offer of food and or tea in cafe in Shymkent. 11/1
  • People in Turar Ryskulov for directions to hotel. 12/1
  • Man for offer of tea on way into Turar Ryskulov. 12/1
  • Man for offer of tea on way to Taraz. 13/1
  • Man at Bibi Aysha mausoleum for offer of tea. 13/1
  • Bilal and Madina for generously hosting me in Taraz and making me feel very welcome. 13/1 to 14/1
  • Bilal’s mother and grandmother for making a traditional meal for me in Taraz. 13/1
  • People in Kulan for directions to guesthouse. 14/1
  • John for help with bike in Bishkek. 18/1
  • Ladies working in Bishkek hostel for all their help. 15/1 to 11/2
  • Turkish man in Bishkek for offer of a place to stay in Almaty. 18/1
  • Miles for gift of scarf in Bishkek. 18/1
  • Johannes for gift of Pamir snacks. 2/2
  • Merimgul for use of her kitchen. 6/2
  • People for pointing me towards Almaty. 11/2
  • Border guard for holding my bike while I loaded it. 11/2
  • Man for offer of lift to Almaty near border. 11/2
  • Man for stopping to give me a yogurt drink and offering me help. 11/2
  • Cafe lady for giving me tea, directions to somewhere to sleep and for letting me thaw.
  • Other cafe lady for sweets. 11/2
  • German lady for stopping to see if I was OK and her driver for givig me chocolatd. 12/2
  • Kazakh man for stopping to give me bag of goodies. 12/2
  • Old man for directions to guesthouse in Uzynagash. 12/2
  • Lady for directions to Almaty.13/2
  • Sam for letting me stay at his in Almaty. 13/2 to 17/2
  • George and Deni for beer in Almaty. 13/2
  • Merimgul for cold medicine in Almaty. 16/2
  • Sergei for driving me to Almaty airport at 5am. 18/2
  • Cho for lending me some change in Delhi. 19/2
  • People for directions to Jind. 21/2
  • Man for offer of coffee near Jind. 21/2
  • Man for offer of tea near Moga. 24/2
  • Other man for offer of tea near Amritsar 24/2
  • Shoe room man at Golden Temple for giving me sweets when I said I was alone. 25/2
  • Rickshaw drivers x 3 for letting me drive the rickshaw in Amritsar. 25/2
  • Boys for letting me play badminton with them in Amritsar. 25/2
  • Man for helping me get bicycle over train tracks near Amritsar. 25/2
  • Hotel man in Pathankot for holding bike while I loaded it. 27/2
  • Man in Dharamsala for holding bike while I changed into wet weather gear. 27/2
  • Tibetan monk for insight into his life in Macloedganj. 28/2
  • Tour shop owner in Bhagsu for calling me back to get my camera I had left behind. 28/2
  • Man for offer of tea/coffee in small village out of Macleodganj. 1/3
  • Bike shop man for directing me to hotel in Chandigarh. 3/3
  • People in Samalkha for directions to guesthouse.5/3
  • Motel guy for sending out for chicken in Kuman in spite of being an all veg place. 6/3
  • People in Morena for trying to direct me to a hotel. 7/3
  • Offer of food by workers near Morena. 7/3
  • Man for buying me an ice cream in Jhansi. 9/3
  • Various people for offer of tea. 9/3
  • Woman for inviting me to shelter from rain near Khajuraho. 10/3
  • Men for Hindi tourist information near Lakhnadon. 12/3
  • KT for buying me dinner and offering help in Nagpur. 13/3
  • Man and his son for offer of tea near Lakhnadon. 13/3
  • Man for offer of help on way to Nagpur. 13/3
  • Firefox bike station manager for not charging me for servicing my bike and giving me a wrench and offering a saddle bag. 14/3
  • Truck driver for Indian carrots near Adilabad. 15/3
  • Man for offer of hospitality near Adilabad. 15/3
  • Man for holding my bike while I fixed puncture on way to Adilabad. 15/3
  • People in Pidguralla for directions to lodge. 19/3
  • Ravi for drinks and food in Chennai. 24/3
  • Ed and Vanessa for letting me stay for four nights in Singapore and making me feel very welcome and making sure I was well fed and ready for the next leg of my trip.
  • Bike shop me for directions to other bike shop where they had the parts I needed. 26/3
  • Lady for directions to the bike shop. 26/3
  • Thom for drinks. 27/3
  • Lady on way to Melaka for not charging me for lunch and drink cartons. 30/3
  • Mechanics in Linggi for not charging me for gear tuning. 1/4
  • Haw Kuen for hosting me and buying me dinner near Jenjarom. 1/4
  • Yen at Cameronian Inn for trekking advice. 2/4
  • Man for lift to Tanah Rata from near Brinchang. 2/4
  • Marcel for maps of Thailand and China. 2/4
  • Mel for lending me some change to buy a drink/ 7/4
  • People for directions to hot springs and lady for cup water 10/4
  • Pad and On for their wonderful hospitality near Phattalung. 10/4
  • People of Nakhon si Thammarat for Songkhran blessings. 13/4
  • Man for offer of beer and other man for offer of juice during Songkhran in Nakhon. 13/4
  • People for directions to hotel in Khanom. 14/4
  • Joran for advice and riding with me from Wanakon to Phruap Khiri Khan. 20/4
  • Two guys for petrol for camping near Bishkek. 2/5
  • People in Sosnovska for directions to guesthouse and kid on bike for showing us the way. 3/6
  • Venya, Musa, Grigoriy and Venya’s mother at the guesthouse in Sosnovka for dinner breakfast, use of the banya and a room to sleep in all for free. 3/6
  • Family in car for stopping to give us apples on way up mountain from Sosnovka. 4/6
  • Shepherd for water advice and a piece of Kyrgyz sausage on way up mountain from Sosnovka. 4/6
  • James and Stephen for advice on way to Osh on way up mountain from Sosnovka. 4/6
  • Policemen at tunnel at top of pass for trying to help us get a lift. 5/6
  • Various people for stopping to see what we wanted when trying to get a lift through the tunnel. 5/6
  • Man and his family for lift through tunnel in his van. 5/6
  • Two cycle tourists for advice on route near Paris. 5/6
  • Anais and Julien for tea and ginger sweets and the warmth in their campervan on descent towards Toktogul. 7/6
  • Old lady in hotel on descent to Toktogul for putting on national costume for photo and giving us money. 7/6
  • Various people in Toktogul for directions to guesthoue. 7/6
  • Man and wife for tea and bread near lake Toktogul. 9/6
  • Farmer for letting us camp three nights on his land and for giving us ayran on lake Toktogul. 9/6
  • Nurmat for dinner, lunch and tour of his farm on lake Toktogul.
  • Ladies for apricots, melons and cucumber by road near Krygyzgorkan. 13/6
  • Man for pointing out berry tree we were resting under. 13/6
  • Family for letting us camp on their farm and for apricots and breakfast near Kochor Ata. 13/6
  • Lady for apricots near Kochor Ata. 14/6
  • Alisher for hosting us in Jalalabad, for dinner, breakfast and showing us around the town. 14/6
  • Lady I bought Kalpak from at the bazaar in Osh for Kymyz. 16/6
  • Men for letting us camp on school grounds in Taldyk and letting us use the security guards room. 18/6
  • Erkin for letting me ride his horse in Taldyk. 18/6
  • Boys for getting us water and Ayran in Taldyk. 18/6
  • Taiwanese cyclist for gift of camping gas out of Osh. 18/6
  • Arstan and his family for taking us in, dinner and breakfast and letting me milk a cow. 19/6
  • Men for helping us carry our things across the landslide near Taldyk pass. 20/6
  • Raymond for showing us his drawings in Sary Tash. 21/6
  • Jacques for route advice in Sary Tash. 21/6
  • Family in Nura for taking us in and giving us dinner and breakfast. 22/6
  • Pascal for route advice in Kashgar. 24/6
  • Hostel guy for getting me a kettle so I could fill my water bottles in Kashgar. 26/6
  • Men for stopping and giving us water near Xekolkul. 27/6
  • Men for letting us ride out sandstorm in under construction building near Xekolkul. 27/6
  • Man for offering us his ID so we could try and get a Chinese SIM in Xekolkul, sadly not allowed. 27/6
  • Men for stopping to give us Red Bull in desert. 28/6
  • Men at restaurant and petrol station for letting us swap Red Bull for juice. 28/6
  • Lady for trying to help us with English in restaurant. 29/6
  • People in cafe for trying to help us with hotel in Aksu. 30/6
  • Man from nice hotel for trying to help us find a cheap hotel and for giving us water in Aksu. 30/6
  • Police lady for trying to help us in Aksu. 30/6
  • Cafe guys for free lunch and peaches in Aksu. 1/7
  • Man for directions out of Aksu.2/7
  • Shop lady for free hard boiled eggs and possibly free chocolate bar. 3/7
  • Family for watermelon and bread and offer of cigarette and a lift. 4/7
  • Man for directions to way to Luntai. 4/7
  • Man for taking us to place to sleep at Luntai service station. 4/7
  • Couple for letting us sleep in dorms at supermarket on highway and pepsi and croissants. 4/7
  • Hotel man for finding us a hotel we could stay in Luntai. 5/7
  • Family for gift of samsa just out of Luntai. 7/7
  • Men for fruit just past Luntai. 7/7
  • Farmer for letting us camp on his land and for hot water past Tangdian. 8/7
  • Girl for jelly in Korla. 8/7
  • Lady for letting us bring our bikes into the cafe out of the Thunderstorm in Baluntaigay. 9/7
  • Father and daughter for stopping to give us water past Baluntaigay. 10/7
  • People in cafe for first aid help and tea past Baluntaigay. 10/7
  • Lady for offer of food at shop on S103. 11/7
  • Chen for help and advice in Urumqi. 13/7
  • Alessandro for advice in Urumqi. 13/7
  • Nazgulya and Nurjan for their wonderful hospitalty in Almaty. 18/7
  • Matian Youth hostel for letting us leave our bikes at the hostel for a few days.21/7
  • Guys for showing me to the Youth Hostel in Turpan. 21/7
  • Couple for grapes and mat to rest on out of Turpan. 22/7
  • Xiao for all his help when we rode together including the constant offer of melons. 22/7 to 27/7
  • Xiao’s friends for dinner and accommodation in Shanshan. 22/7
  • Lady for desert socks in Shanshan. 23/7
  • Cycle tourist for hotel help in Shanshan. 23/7
  • Train workers for help with bikes out of Shanshanzhan. 24/7
  • Shop ladies and English teacher for help with getting a SIM finally in Guazou. 28/7
  • Boy for offering help with English. at station in Zhangye. 31/7
  • Man for helping us look for a hotel in Lanzhou. 5/8
  • Group of men for helping us get to hostel in Lanzhou including paying for taxi. 5/8
  • Various for directions in Lanzhou. 5/8
  • Mechanic for free service near Lanzhou. 7/8
  • Various in Maiji for help with getting food. 9/8
  • Various for directions on way to 310. 10/8
  • Man for helping with bags on train. 11/8
  • Man for giving us water and offer of hospitality on road to Baoji. 11/8
  • Girl for leading us to a bicycle shop that could help in Xi’an. 13/8
  • Guys for helping us find hotel near Dali. 18/8
  • Lady for free [can’t read my handwriting in notebook] near Dali. 18/8
  • People for offering chair outside shop and offer of hot water near Hangeng. 19/8
  • People for offering chair outside shop and offer of hot water near Honshan. 20/8
  • Battle bike man for fiing Meka’s bike in Yongyuan. 25/8
  • Guys for directions to Battle bike in Yongyuan. 25/8
  • Lady for showing us around Yujiacun. 26/8
  • Guesthouse lady for extra food in Yujiacun. 26/8
  • Restaurant people for bringin bowl of water to help us check where puncture was in Zhengding. 27/8
  • Hotel man for pointing me to a hotel foreigners could stay at in Nangang. 28/8
  • Man for holding bike in Nangang while I loaded it. 29/8
  • Man for offer of food near Nangang. 29/8
  • Hostel receptionists for helping with laundry in Tai’an. 30/8
  • Mike for helping with food ordering in Tai’an. 30/8
  • Patrizia for biscuit in Tai’an. 31/8
  • Hotel owner for free dinner and room in Jiushanzhen. 1/9
  • English teacher for helping out with English in Jiushanzhen. 1/9
  • Guys by road for helping after accident near Jiushanzhen. 2/9
  • Mechanics in Zhucheng for help with bike after accident and man for leading me to a mechanic. 2/9
  • Bikers for help with ferry crossing to Qingdao. 3/9
  • Vijay for game of pool in Qingdao. 3/9
  • Hotel receptionists for lots of help on various things. 3/9
  • Will and Johan for advice, nuts and leading me to Seoul. 5/9
  • Kangwon for having me for three nights, dinners and showing me round Seoul. 6/9
  • Gowoon Lee for taking me to a cycling event in Seoul. 6/9
  • Man at cyclng event for gift of energy packs in Seoul. 6/9
  • Restaurant people for water near Seoul.9/9
  • Brandon and friends for drinks, food and welcome in Yujeo. 9/9
  • Various throughout 4 Rivers cycle for help with route and getting stamps. 9/9 to 12/9
  • Apple man for gift of apples in Jinan Ri. 10/9
  • Restaurant people for water in Jinan Ri. 10/9
  • Restaurant owners for sweet potato gift and showing us how to eat our lunch. 11/9
  • Korean guy for helping us order food in Hamam ri. 12/9
  • 711 guy for letting us use electricity. 12/9
  • Bart for being a great travel companion for the 4 Rivers ride. 9/9 to 15/9
  • David for popcorn in Busan. 13/9
  • French couple for pineapple on boat to Japan. 15/9
  • All the countless convenience store staff members for always providing me with water when I asked during my stay in Japan and not saying anything when I only went in to use the bathroom.
  • Man for directions to Iwakuni. 17/9
  • Boy for directions to Kintaikyo in Iwakuni. 18/9
  • Anthony for having me for two days, taking me for dinner and noodles. 19/9
  • Yoshida badminton club members for taking me out for dinner. 20/9
  • Ogawa san for for arranging meeting with old badminton club and his wife for gift of cucumbers. 20/9
  • Yamamoto san for letting me stay over and for breakfast the next day. 20/9
  • Jesse for taking me to the onsen. 21/9

Shikoku pilgrimage Osettai/support

  • The Tokunaga family for hosting me twice and for delicious food, advice and generally making me feel like part of the family. 22/9
  • Everybody for directions while undertaking the Shikoku pilgrimage in Japan.
  • Man for gift of coffee. 24/9
  • Jill for letting me look through her guidebook. 25/9
  • Lady for finding out about camping for me. 25/9
  • Man for small drawing. 26/9
  • Higashiyama drum club for dinner, a place to sleep, breakfast and a bath.
  • Various people for advice on water drinkabiliy and for water.
  • Lady for letting me use onsen wifi. 28/9
  • Old ladies at temple near Tokushima for snacks and gifts. 29/9
  • Emma and Hide for hosting me one night and cooking a delicious dinner.29/9
  • People at Shosanji temple for limes and tea. 29/9
  • Lady for telling me I could have limes and tea. 29/9
  • Lady for giving me tea outside Tokushima. 30/9
  • Agustin for hosting me one night and taking me for dinner. 30/9
  • Lady for checking if I needed help in Tokushima. 30/9
  • Old man with flat bed truck for offering me a lift to the top of the mountain. 1/10
  • Ladies at observation point for coffee and biscuits. 2/10
  • Tomoya san for hosting me one night and for a hearty dinner and breakfast. 2/10
  • Bus driver and conductor for ice cream and energy drink. 3/10
  • Man for sharing a fish while camping. 3/10
  • Bob for riding over to say hello. 5/10
  • Henro san for badge. 5/10
  • Temple lady for leading me to garage I could sleep in and other temple lady for showing me supermarket. 5/10
  • Henro san for chocolate and sweets. 7/10
  • John for hosting me two nights and for incredibly delicious food. 8/10
  • Lady for stopping to check if I knew where to go. 9/10
  • Nabi san for hosting me for one night and taking me for dinner. 10/10
  • Cyclists for letting me ride with them and for a potato thing on Shimanami Kaido. 12/10
  • Shoji for letting me stay two nights and for food during Typhoon in Fukuyama. 13/10
  • Tanaka san for looking at my pedals. 13/10
  • Man and lady for directions to Himeji. 14/10
  • Man for gift of chewing gum. 15/10
  • Joe and Noriko for having me for two nights, some delicious food and showing me round Kyoto. 15/10
  • Katy for leading me through Kyoto and offer of accommodation. 15/10
  • Man for directions to supermarket in Hashimoto. 18/10
  • Man and lady for directions to Ise Jingu. 20/10
  • Man for taking photo of me on way to Takayama. 22/10
  • Simona for hosting me for one night, taking me for dinner and not kicking me out straight away the next day.22/10
  • Man for taking lots of photos of me on Mount Norikura. 24/10
  • Cycle touring student for gift of gel pack. 25/10
  • Mitsuto san for tour round Matsumoto castle. 25/10
  • Man for directions to road to Fuji 5th station. 26/10
  • Guy for taking photo on Fuji. 27/10
  • Miho san for taking me for dinner and to the onsen. 28/10
  • Soutarou san for a place to stay in Kamakura. 28/10
  • Bike mechanic for letting me have some boxes in Kawasaki. 29/10
  • Airport security guards for help while packing bike in Haneda Airport. 29/10
  • Various people for watching my stuff in Haneda airport. 30/10
  • Daisuke for sweets in Philippines airport. 31/10
  • Ryan for letting me stay for a while in Vancouver and generally looking after me. 31/10 to 5/11
  • Mechanic in Fernville for lending me his pedal wrench and giving me some grease. 6/11
  • Gene and Lida for taking me in at very short notice for a night in Bay View. 7/11
  • Man at Port Townsend Safeway for cycling map. 8/11
  • Community centre lady for letting me have water and offering her help. 8/11
  • Rich for letting me stay at his and taking me out for dinner near Elma. 8/11
  • Cody for letting me camp on his land near Nemah. 9/11
  • Man in South Bend for going after me to tell me that a road was bad. 10/11
  • Bruce for taking me in for a night in Tillamook. 11/11
  • Daniel for dinner and beer at Humbug Mountain State Park. 12/11
  • Gerry and Trudy for taking me in for a night in Crescent City. 13/11
  • Ryan for taking me in for a night in McKinleyville. 14/11
  • Wildman of Weedville for offer to view natural bridge on his land. 15/11
  • Lady for pointing out that a bird had attacked my food. 16/11
  • Taya for taking me in for two days and all her help with trying to get my tyre fixed up and general support; 17/11 to 19/11
  • Richard for lending me his Adventure cyclist magazines. 18/11
  • Helen for taking me in for a couple of  nights in San Francisco. 19/11
  • Michelangelo for letting me sleep on top of his bed in San Francisco.19/11
  • Michael for helping me out in San Francisco when Helen wasn’t there..  19/11
  • Karsten for letting me camp at his in Santa Cruz. 20/11
  • Frank and Mark for helping me find the right route near San Mateo. 20/11
  • Jason and Robert at Calfee for showing me round the factory. 21/11
  • Lady at cafe for water in Monterey. 25/11
  • Joe for offer of help on Big Sur. 26/11
  • Connie for letting me charge some things in San Simeon. 26/11
  • Mike and Karen for everything in Paso Robles. 26/11 to 29/11
  • Ford and Anne for Thanksgiving in Pacifica. 27/11
  • Ford for taking me sea kayaking in Pacifica. 28/11
  • Grace for showing me her Victorian house in Paso Robles. 29/11
  • Man in shop for filling my water bottle near Glennville. 30/11
  • TJ Frisbee for fixing up my bottom bracket straight off in Ridgecrest. 2/12
  • Wayne for advice on Death Valley in Ridgecrest. 2/12
  • Truck driver for stopping to check I was OK near Panamint Springs. 3/12
  • Tim for advice and veg in Furnace Creek. 4/12
  • Donna and Rodger for taking me in for a night in Pahrump. 5/12
  • Rock and Erica for taking me in for a couple of nights in Las Vegas and for help with bike. 5/12 to 7/12
  • Tim for servicing my bike for free in Las Vegas. 6/12
  • Police officer and shop lady for directions near Vegas. 8/12
  • Man at Chevron near KIngman for free nuts. 8/12
  • Man at Chevron in Wikieup for letting me fill my water.8/12
  • Man in Kingman for offer of anything I needed. 8/12
  • David and Jim for looking after me in Wickenberg. 9/12
  • Brian and Katie for taking me in for a night in Mesa. 10/12
  • Man for letting me in gates when following googlemaps near Mesa. 11/12
  • Lady for crisps she dumpster dived. 12/12
  • Cory at Ace for helping me with bike electronics. 12/12
  • Mons and the Larson family for taking me in for two nights in Safford. 12/12 to 14/12
  • Boy for gift of Christmas cookies. 12/12
  • Ladies for Tamales. 13/12
  • Francine for taking me in for one night in Colombus. 15/12
  • Bach family for taking me in for a night in El Paso. 16/12
  • Katherine and Jeremiah for offer of place to stay in Jacksonville. 16/12
  • Boys in Sierra Blanca for information. 17/12
  • Lady at Exxon for water in Sierra Blanca. 17/12
  • Lady for water near Marfa. 18/12
  • Man for offer of water in Alpine. 19/12
  • Danny and his mother for food and drinks in Sanderson. 19/12
  • Person calling about a possible accident I might possibly have been in near Uvalde. 23/12
  • Sheriffs for letting me stay where I was camping near Uvalde. 23/12
  • Lady in Hondo for supermarket info. 23/12
  • Lady in Uvalde for blessing. 23/12
  • Lady for bandaging wounds near Seguin. 24/12
  • Shop man for directions to motel in Kountze. 28/12
  • Capital cyclery guys for checking my hub over in Lake Charles. 29/12
  • Jennifer for taking me in for a night in Lake Charles. 29/12
  • Becky and John for taking me in for a night in Lafayette. 30/12
  • Scott and Jason for food and beers in Lafayette. 31/12
  • Brian for lift to store in Lafayette. 31/12
  • Man for offer of lift as the rain was coming in near New Orleans. 2/1
  • Lola and James for taking me in for a night in New Orleans. 3/1
  • Lady in hostel for offer of food in New Orleans. 4/1
  • Lady for her chips in New Orleans. 4/1
  • Kenneth for taking me in for a night in Mobile.7/1
  • Al and Sally for taking me in for a night in Milton. 8/1
  • Ky for taking me in for a night In Tallahassee. 10/1
  • Nicole and Jack for taking me in for two nights in Gainesville. 11/1 to 13/1
  • Lady for offer of somewhere to stay near Palatka. 14/1
  • David for offer of help in Palatka. 14/1
  • Hugh for taking me in for one night in Saint Augustine. 14/1
  • Debbie and Harris for taking me in for one night in New Smyrna Beach. 15/1
  • Sloan for snack in Saint Augustine. 15/1
  • Rich for taking me in for one night in Titusville. 16/1
  • Brenda and Danny for taking me in for a night in Rockledge. 17/1
  • Jackie and Pat for taking me in for a couple of nights in Orchid. 18/1 to 20/1
  • Jackie for taking me to the cinema in Orchid. 19/1
  • Brianna for taking me round Vero Beach and buying me lunch. 19/1
  • John for taking me in for one night in Stuart. 20/1
  • Vance and Tommie for taking me in for three nights in Boca Raton. 21/1 to 24/1
  • Mark for taking me on the intercoastal waterway in Boca Raton. 22/1
  • Tommie for driving me to the Everglades and to the airport. 23/1 to 24/1
  • Farid for trying to help me in Zaragoza. 28/1
  • Man for offer of place in Zaragoza. 28/1
  • Sylvain for taking me in for one night in 28/1
  • Daniel for fixing my bike in Zaragoza. 28/1
  • Pep and Yolanda for taking me in for two nights in Alcarras. 29/1 to 31/1
  • Josep for taking me in for a night in Saint Joan de Vilatorrada. 31/1
  • Decathlon man for letting me having some water. 2/2
  • Jean Luc and Dominique for taking me in for a night in Beziers. 3/2
  • Lucie and Chris for taking me in for three nights for a second time in Geneva. 8/2 to 11/2
  • Annie and Christian for taking me in for a night in Pontarlier. 11/2
  • Ben for sandwich in Rolle. 11/2
  • Gerald and Marie Jo for taking me in for a night in Echenoz la Meline. 12/2
  • Remy and Camille for taking me in for a night in Epinal. 13/2
  • Pierre and Jordane for taking me in for a night in Fey. 14/2
  • Dora and Palo for taking me in for three days again in Luxembourg. 15/2 to 18/2
  • Ben for lift in Luxembourg. 16/2
  • Clemence for drinks in Luxembourg. 16/2
  • Juergen for drink and cake in Luxembourg. 17/2
  • Lady for checking I knew where I was going in Luxembourg. 18/2
  • Andre for taking me in for one night in Bromley.21/2
  • Nick and Polly for having me for a night in Mile End. 22/2
  • Lorenz and Ali for having me for one night in Teddington 23/2

 

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