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).
This task has also now been completed! I had to restart the attempt in Mori, Western China in October 2014. On 8th February 2018 we returned to Mori, completing a continuous circumnavigation entirely by bicycle and boats!
Challenge 3: Pass through antipodal points.
Well, I haven’t done this yet. It turns out there aren’t so many places on land you can do this, but I should be able to find somewhere down in Ecuador that is opposite a place where I was in Malaysia in 2014. But I’ve come up with a better way of ensuring a true circumnavigation, and that’s to go around twice. And, just in case you’re confused about how the previous two maps fit together, here is another map, this one showing my journey since I set out from Paris, as far as Canada (We’ve sinced continued down to South America but I can’t be bothered to update the map right now):
Challenge 4: Visit all the inhabited continents.
Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America have been well and truly visited and thoroughly cycled through. South America has just been reached and is about to be thoroughly cycled through. Africa is not really going to happen on this trip, there just isn’t time, but one day. Antarctica is, and always has been, extremely unikely.
Challenge 5: Cycle at least 100,000 kilometres.
95,671 and counting.
Challenge 6: Cycle in 100 countries (UN member states).
This one probably isn’t going to happen now, but I’ll be pretty close:
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. 62. South Korea. 63. Japan. 64. Mexico. 65. Guatemala. 66. Belize. 67. El Salvador. 68. Honduras. 69. Nicaragua. 70. Costa Rica. 71. Panama. 72. Colombia.
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 relatively good sales of No Wrong Turns and Into the Sunrise I’ve got a chance.
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