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Adventurer Sarah Outen on motivation and the journey

Adventurer Sarah Outen and her bicycle Hercules, cycling the world. Cycle Traveller

It was expected to take two years – a journey long in itself. But four years on, solo adventurer Sarah Outen is still making her way around the world – completely self propelled. Having cycled 17,700km (11,000 miles) across Europe and Asia on her bike Hercules, rowed solo for five months across the long and daunting North Pacific Ocean – becoming the first person to row from Japan to Alaska – followed by a bike ride across North America through the current icy-cold winter, Outen is about to embark on the home stretch: rowing across the chilly North Atlantic back to the place it all began, Tower Bridge, London.

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Arctic Cycler goes dumpster diving in darkest Adelaide

Arctic-Cycler goes dumpster diving in the dark streets of Adelaide. Cycle Traveller

‘Smell this,’ whispers Jeremy, his head and light peering through the dark into the open skip. ‘Bleach. Someone doesn’t want us to take this.’ The pile from the bakery, sitting in the skip was doused with bleach. Some people think, if I don’t want it – you’re not getting it either. There is so much waste, but putting it to good use, I feel like a fugitive.

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Falling in love with the quiet tracks of Mongolia

Bicycle touring in Mongolia by Sloths on Wheels. Cycle Traveller Postcards

Cycling through Mongolia isn’t as hard as you may think: it's empty and very beautiful with enormous skies and wonderful camping opportunities. As long as you’re prepared for a serious lack of tarmac, lack of people and lack of villages, then cycling through the lands of Genghis Khan can be an incredible experience – especially if you don’t mind pushing a bit!

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From Canada to Mexico on a quad tandem bicycle

The Tandem Tour 2 cycling the United States Pacific Coast. Photo JMH Photography. Cycle Traveller

There we were, five new friends embarking on an adventure never done before. While the bike route along the United States' Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico is well travelled by cyclist’s year after year, never before has it been done on a quad tandem bicycle. Yes, a quad tandem… one, two, three, four people on one bike.

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A mindblowing ride on Bolivia's famous salt lake

Thomas Anderson looks out of his tent on a chilly morning on Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni salt lake. Cycle Traveller

I knew I was in for something special as I left the strange tourist town of Uyuni and headed towards the famous salt lake, Salar de Uyuni. Though just how magic that part of Bolivia would be I couldn’t have imagined. The surface was still sandy at the edge of the Salar as I passed the last couple of houses I would see for the next 100km, Then suddenly, all I could see in front of me was the flat plateau of completely white salt.

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Rolling from the Danube to The Swiss Alps via the Rhine

Cycling through Lichtenstein. Arctic-Cycler for Cycle Traveller

Wow, wow, wow! Amazing weather along one of the most beautiful routes I have ever cycled. The Danube between Tuttlingen and Sigmaringen is incredible. And then, followed by the route up from Sigmaringen to Albstadt and Meßstetten – cycling through my own personal wooded valley in the evening light. It is hard work, though!

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How to cycle through Turkmenistan in five days

Downhillfromhere in Turkmenistan. Cycle Traveller

The 'Desert Dash' is a notorious route through Turkmenistan that involves cycling 500km's in five days through the Karakum (or Black Sand) Desert. It exists because super secretive Turkmenistan (the North Korea of Central Asia) will only give you a five-day transit visa unless you hire an expensive guide, and if you are cycling from Iran into Central Asia, it is the only overland route.

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The French Alps to China’s Far East via the Silk Road

Michael and Kelly cycling through Thessaloniki, Greece. Cycle Traveller

We started our 10,000km cycle tour in the French Alps after finishing working as chalet hosts over the winter period. Not having any previous experience cycle touring, we had no idea what to expect, but as it turns out, France was probably the best place to begin – great roads and good facilities, with water fountains and bike shops everywhere. From France we cycled into Italy, then on to Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece and eventually, Turkey, where we started following the famous, Silk Road route.

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Diamond in the rough: finding kindness in Peru

Brendan, Clement and Kev at Restaurant La Balsa Km. 347 in Peru. Cycle Traveller

We left Ecuador and cycled into Peru via the coast. I knew three things about this place; it was a desert, so quite barren and not much to see; it could be windy; and, plenty of cyclists have been robbed here at gunpoint. The stories of armed robberies played heavy on our minds to begin with but we soon stopped worrying about them. If it was going to happen it was going to happen and the odds weren’t that likely as long as we were smart -- that is, not cycling at night and not flashing phones and money around the place.

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A cold Spring cycle through the Japanese Alps

Spring snow on the Japanese Alps. Cycle Traveller

After a cold tour through Japan last year, I moved this year's tour to spring and headed north to Fukushima Prefecture then west to Niigata before heading south to Fukui where I am now. It was still cold. This photo is of the Japanese Alps after a bitterly cold ride to Koriyama with snow trying to fall for about two hours before arrival.


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