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ALL LATEST NEWS

Below, you will find all latest news entries since Barcelona, where I programmed this page.

LATEST NEWS

2005-04-13 - Mile 1060 (1700kms) and enjoying every one of them. I am in Valencia enjoying a nice breeze and tapas (Spanish food) after stopping by for a day in beatiful Altea where I met a great friend. Check out my blistering pace on my trip logs.

2005-04-17 - Itīs been a month since I left but what I experienced was worth a whole year of living. Visited hundreds of cities, pedalled 1300 miles, fell in love twice, met great friends. I am living the dream! I am now in Barcelona, enjoying this really nice city. Worth the visit, I am staying an extra day to cruise around...this time on foot.

2005-04-21 - Well, well, well, Spain is past, France is present. France greeted me yesterday with a mistral ... bone chilling winds from the alps ... and I am now waiting in Perpignan to continue the journey.

2005-04-28 - Do you know what's like to say the word spectacular 1000 times in two days? I do after biking the stretch Marseille - Cassis - Cannes - Nice in South France. Wait for the pictures! Monaco is next and Italy is right around the corner!

2005-05-04 - More than 2000 miles (3200kms) travelled. Hard to leave Switzerland behind but the trip must go on to other undiscovered places. I am back in Genova, Italy marching to Pisa, Tuscany, Florence, Rome and Pompei. Got any route tips, send them to me.

2005-05-08 - What was heaven in Switzerland became hell in Italy. In 24 hours, I was robbed, confronted the robbers, lost 90% of my equipment, found my bike 100kms later, slept in a police station, went to court while learning a ton of Italian in between. But thats not all. The most scary moment of my life came the next day when I crossed a 2250m one way shouderless tunnel in pitch black dark on a timed green light. To top off, my back locked up and did not allow me to walk. But there is good news. I am almost fully recovered and now heading to Pisa.

2005-05-16 - My last leg of my first leg is about to start. Rome to Istanbul is my new route after being unable to secure visas for the eastern European countries. The odo reads 4000kms after 2 months on the road.

2005-05-26 - I am still stuck in Bari, Italy waiting for my equipment. As soon as it arrives...I will depart to Igoumenitza, Greece and cross the country. Aren't you happy to be able to read? Please help Room to Read educate children and donate today!

2005-05-30 - A bird has been set free from its cage. Seven days waiting for a package that never arrived was the most painful experience of this trip so far. I am free to conquer Greece today!!! REQUEST: Send me an email if you know a good free music or ebook source that I can download stuff from. You can only listen to Eye of the Tiger so many times...

2005-06-04 - Today, I just climbed the biggest road of Greece. To me, this is an amazing feat to others not so much. Regardless, I did something amazing today. What are you doing today that will make you feel the same way!!! A donation to Room to Read is a great way! I am in Thessaloniki after 3200 miles and 5 days away from Istanbul, Turkey.

2005-06-14 - Turkey welcomed me a couple of days ago with an euphoric vibe. Children followed me, people waived and screamed from top of buildings, from across the streets, many friends made. It's the three month mark and I can't wait to continue the journey. I am catching some air in magical Istanbul before heading to east Turkey. Don't wait and don't wish until it's too late, go after your dreams now!!!

2005-06-14 - Turkey welcomed me a couple of days ago with an euphoric vibe. Children followed me, people waived and screamed from top of buildings, from across the streets, many friends made. It's the three month mark and I can't wait to continue the journey. I am catching some air in magical Istanbul before heading to east Turkey. Don't wait and don't wish until it's too late, go after your dreams now!!!

2005-07-01 - The hospitality of the Turkish people continues to push me forward to Central Asia. I am now in Cappadocia (central Turkey), a prime Turkish tourist attraction sleeping in a cave hotel watching baloons fly by over thousands of caves and rugged cone shaped landscape created by this 4000m volcano nearby.

2005-07-07 - I am in Malatya recovering from a brutal session of mountain passes that puts the Tour de France to shame. Number of Turkish tea cups served to date: 42 and rising quickly. Thank you Turkey for the hospitality. Here is a photo highlight of Cappadocia.


2005-07-17 - I am making my way into Iran today. Turkey was a blast. Here are some stats from Turkey. 1441 miles ridden, 37 days of riding, 8 euros a day (thanks to all the food and shelter provided), 0 number of flats, 139,053 tea cups served, 5200 miles since Lisbon.

2005-07-20 - I am already in Tabriz, 600kms from Tehran. The boring desert landscape, winds and summer temperatures will put me to the test physically and psychologically. Wish me luck! Some interesting findings from Tabriz. 1. If you wish to cross a major street, throw yourself in front of the car or bus, if it stops, you will make it. 2. Don't come to Iran without money. No banks will give you any. 3. All women above 17 must cover their bodies from head to toe. 4. The Internet has a huge national filter that does not allow access to many international web sites. Sign up for my newsletter to read more interesting facts of my trip.

2005-07-27 - After 620 miles (1000kms) in 8 days, I finally arrived in Tehran, the capital of Iran. The relentless hospitality and the disgusting amounts of food given to me slowed up my pace quite a bit but I am now relaxing and tackling 5 embassies in 5 days to start my Central Asia trip. More interesting facts from Iran: 1. Eminem is king. 2. Thumbs up has a completely different meaning here. 3. Public bathrooms signs are so difficult to read or memorize, you eventually end up in the wrong stall seeing the wrong people.

2005-08-04 - The dream must continue, after spending 10 days getting 5 visas I am following one of the most ancient roads of this world, the silk road, all the way to the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan. If you think that your life is rush-rush, let me tell you what the Pakistanis did to me. They gave me only 25 days to arrive at their border. Some 3000kms or 2000 miles will have to be covered until there including several 3000m passes and a giant 4600m pass. I am ready to ride the giants. The last fact from Iran: Need a nose job? Come to Tehran, it's cheap, easy and you will look great with that big cast on your fine new nose.

2005-08-17 - Following the footsteps of Genghis Khan and Alexander the great I conquer another nation, this time I am in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. But it was not as glorious to get here. I arrived two days late in Turkmenistan and even after pedalling 375 miles (600kms) through the unforgiving Karakum desert in a mere 3 days, I was unable to arrive at the border in time. I got a big "DEPORTED" stamp on my visa and pedalled away.

2005-08-26 - Salom Aleikum...My Central Asia trip is almost wrapped up. I am in Osh, Kyrgyzstan and despite two attempted robberies, 22 headwind days straight, more diarrheas than you can possibly imagine, I managed to average 130kms a day living a very rural life waking up with sheeps and dunkeys next to me, bathing in rivers, filtering water from underground streams, using pit toilets and camping among villagers. Now comes the mountain stages where I will spend the next three months chasing the biggest mountains in the world.

2005-09-03 - After a self-destructive pace, I ease up and go from rural Uzbekistan to wild Kyrgyzstan where I had the opportunity to watch wild horses galloping on huge grass fields, drink yogurt and sheep milk with Kyrgy nomads and take a peak at the Pamir's biggest peak (7134m) in a place where I felt all four corners were there for me. Now, I rode 12,000kms to Kashgar, China to eat some real chinese food but the truth is that they all taste the same. Check out this view:


2005-09-13 - The most dreaded day of my trip finally arrived. I was forced into a bus for the first time after getting caught trying to cross the Chinese border on a bicycle (currently illegal). Pakistan is currently holding my hand as I go through this rough time by giving me the coziest guesthouses and stunning views of sugar topped mountains. Crossing the Hunza river (of course, I went all the way):


2005-09-26 - I am now in the green and clean city of Islamabad, Pakistan catching my breath after crossing the tip of the Himalayas through the scenic and hard Karakoram highway. Consider a generous donation to Room to Read! I rode past 8000 miles but raised only $3095. Are you that new fuel I need?

2005-10-08 - I am already in the capital of India ... well past 14,000kms ... but to get here I had to pass through many servants of hell...rickshaws, buses and car drivers whose only purpose in life is to do damage to you. Passed by one elephant already but the beast had more bells and whistles than a Pakistani truck.

2005-10-20 - Crossing India via the busiest road in the country is great unless you are on a bicycle. Very humbling experience. I somehow managed to bicycle all the way to the holy city of Varanasi some 1300kms of craaaazy riding. I have another 600kms to get to Calcutta but I am seriously considering a train trip as I enter the bandit territory of Bihar. Wish me luck and enjoy the view of Varanasi below.



2005-10-25 - By the time you read this update, I will be in Thailand. India's main road was hard on cyclists like me and I am glad that's over. Check out the new photo gallery of India.

2005-10-29 - If you don't believe in love at first sight, come to Thailand. I am situated in Chiang Mai for an undefinite period of time enjoying my new home for the next couple of weeks...months perhaps...Below is the first beauty I stumbled upon.


2005-11-08 - I am here in Bangkok celebrating over 16,000kms / 10,000 miles on the saddle. Send your congratulations via a generous donation to Room to Read. I will certainly never find a girlfriend again after trying this delicious barbecued rat but I just thought you would be curious to know what I have been eating lately.


2005-11-17 - Now to paradise! After enjoying the nightlife in Bangkok ... without spending a dime on women ... it's time to head to the most paradisiac islands on earth. Bangkok's Nana district below.


2005-11-30 - It's not exactly paradise but it's as close as it can get. I am in the very south of Thailand now on my 14th island visit. Below, life is gooooooooood!!!


2005-12-08 - Reliving my childhood past time, I am now armed with a 5 meter foldable fishing pole and frying fishes right on the beach. Remembering how to fish took some time though. The first catch cut my hand and escaped, my pole folded during the second attempt and eventually after a broken nail and almost falling into the water, the third catch became dinner.


2005-12-17 - I am in Singapore one of the safest nations in the world where spitting is strictly forbidden and people get death penalty for drug smuggling and carrying fire weapons. Plain and simple. It's my last contry in Asia after spending 6 months in the continent. In two days, I will be bound to Australia where a new set of challenges will welcome me. Check out the nightlife in Singapore below:


2005-12-31 - Australia is not expensive, it's outrageously expensive to my taste after coming from Asia. Thanks to my bush 'n' noddles way of living, I managed to cycle 1100kms of the east coast spending $11 USD a day. Enjoy the Australian spirit below.


2006-01-13 - I am located in Queestown, New Zealand, the adventure capital of the world with no money to do things like parajumping, heli biking and other cool outdoor activities. But as you can see below, I find my own adventures in the land of the kiwi.


2006-01-28 - The tour of New Zealand is now over. I am here in Auckland waiting impatiently the time to fly to Santiago del Chile where the home stretch will begin. Two thousand kms were covered in New Zealand over some wicked natural challenges bringing the total distance so far to just over 21000kms (13050 miles). Unbelievable!!! Below is Lord of the Rings stuff!


2006-02-02 - I am here in the Chilean capital which can easily resemble many southern european cities except for the prices of goods. The Andes shall be tackled tomorrow!


2006-02-07 - Mendoza, Argentina, post Andes. The Andes blew my expectations away specially the Argentinean side. Gorgeous! I am constantly getting goosebumbs everytime a Brazilian truck passes by. I am so close to home but I cant quite say mission accomplished yet. Argentina is absolutely cool and cheap. Check out an average view of the Andes below:


2006-02-17 - I am in the land of Tango. Arriving in Buenos Aires after 1000kms on the dangerous ruta 7 was a very tough mental challenge. Riding here was like asking to die but managing to survive. Most of the road had no shoulder and I had to fight my way with trucks from the Mercosul. The good news is that I am alive and 2200kms from home! Below, viva el tango!


2006-02-23 - I am in the riches paradise of Punta del Este, Uruguay not making much success with my silver taped bicycle, holes in my shoes and my sun bleached shirts. What matters most is that I am 200kms from the homeland. Below, las manos de Punta del Este.


2006-02-27 - I crossed the last country border of the trip yesterday when I arrived in Brazil under a blessing rain just in time to catch Carnival here in Santa Vitoria do Palmar some 1900kms or 26 days from home. Below is a badly edited photo I took yesterday.


2006-03-12 - I am here in Florianopolis sharing this beautiful island with retired people and Argentinean tourists. The young and the beautiful are back in school or work, something I ought to be doing after being a bum for the last 12 months. My latest newsletter with details of my grand arrival can be found here. Below is one of the many sporting events I got to watch by simply riding next to it.


2006-03-18 - I am entering my home state tomorrow trying to get all the attention I can because on the 25th of March, 2006, there will be no more. A year has gone by since I left, your children are growing and getting educated yet so many continue to be illiterate unable to read. Let's make education a right! Please consider a generous donation to Room to Read. Below is some colonial heritage left by our Portuguese friends back in the 1500's.


2006-03-27 - It came true! I made it home safely on my bike on the 25th of March, 2006. Applauded by the best crowd I could imagine and escorted by the best cyclists in town, I crossed the finish line after 25,345kms in 373 days. I am proof that ordinary people like me can achieve great things. Go for your highest ambitions and see for yourself what you are capable of. Good stuff is coming up on this site. Keep checking back. Below, my minute of fame.


 

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