Chris’s Seven Targets
When I originally set out on this journey from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, way back in July 2013, I did so with a list of seven targets. These challenges were intended to help structure my journey, to give me a framework so that I stuck to my task. Here are those seven targets, along with my current progress towards achieving them:
Challenge 1: Circumnavigate the planet.
This challenge has been successfully completed! I made it all the way around!
Challenge 2: Do so using only my bicycle (or perhaps bicycles) overland and boats on water (No planes, no buses, no trains, no cars).
Unfortunately I didn’t manage this yet, because, although I’ve been all the way around, the Russians made me get in a car to cross the border into Mongolia, so I did one kilometre that wasn’t by bike or boat. But the good news is I reset this challenge in Mori, China, and we are on our way back there now, and getting very close too!
Challenge 3: Pass through antipodal points.
Well, I haven’t done this yet, but I will, I’m sure.
Challenge 4: Visit all the inhabited continents.
Europe, Asia, Australia and North America have been well and truly visited. After getting back to Mori, Africa and South America will be in our sights.
Challenge 5: Cycle at least 100,000 kilometres.
73,300, and counting
Challenge 6: Cycle in 100 countries (UN member states).
1. France. 2. Belgium. 3. Luxembourg. 4. Germany. 5. Netherlands. 6. Denmark. 7. Sweden. 8. Norway. 9. Finland. 10. Russia. 11. Estonia. 12. Latvia. 13. Lithuania. 14. Poland. 15. Belarus.16. Czech Republic. 17. Austria. 18. Liechtenstein. 19. Switzerland. 20. Slovakia. 21. Hungary. 22. Ukraine. 23. Moldova. 24. Romania. 25. Bulgaria. 26. Turkey. 27. Georgia. 28. Azerbaijan. 29. Armenia. 30. Iran. 31. Turkmenistan. 32. Uzbekistan. 33. Tajikistan. 34. Kyrgyzstan. 35. Kazakhstan. 36. Mongolia. 37. China. 38. Laos. 39. Thailand. 40. Vietnam. 41. Cambodia. 42. Malaysia. 43. Singapore. 44. Indonesia. 45. Australia. 46. Vanuatu. 47. Fiji. 48. United States of America. 49. Canada. 50. United Kingdom. 51. Ireland. 52. Italy. 53. San Marino. 54. Slovenia. 55. Croatia. 56. Bosnia and Herzegovnia. 57. Montenegro. 58. Albania. 59. Macedonia. 60. Serbia. 61. Greece.
Challenge 7: Return with more money than I start with.
Well, I don’t want to give away the exact details of my bank balance, but thanks to six months of pedicabbing in Australia we’re doing okay…