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You can’t go any further west than this, unless you start swimming. 6,355km after departing from Istanbul, on the 130th day, I have finally finished my bike trip. Feeling amazing today. Feeling unstoppable. For the past half a year I’ve made my life into a high-speed adventure, and it won’t stop here!

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September 29, 2012
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my 7,015 kilometers (4,359 miles) continental bicycle ride from Asia to Africa, via Europe. Started in Istanbul and finished in Portugal & Morocco!

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May 14, 2012
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Ferry crossing over to Tangiers, Morocco, the 3rd continent of my trip, Africa!

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October 08, 2012
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Looking south, across the Straight of Gibraltar, is the coast of Morocco!

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October 07, 2012
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Tarifa is the southernmost point of continental Europe. Here meets the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea at the Straight of Gibraltar. I can see Africa from across the sea!

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October 07, 2012
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200km in 10 hours. First sighting of Africa just beyond all the kites flying in a beautiful sky! This is the real ending of my bike trip finally!

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October 07, 2012
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October 06, 2012
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200km in 9.5 hours

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October 05, 2012
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October 02, 2012
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110km in 4.5 hours

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October 01, 2012
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150km in 8 hours

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September 30, 2012
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This is the westernmost point of Europe.

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September 29, 2012
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The last 42 kilometers until the westernmost point of Europe!

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September 29, 2012
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September 26, 2012
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200km in 12 hours

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September 25, 2012
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September 24, 2012
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135km in 5.5 hours

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September 24, 2012
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September 21, 2012
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155km in 8 hours

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September 20, 2012
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September 20, 2012
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95km in 4 hours

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September 19, 2012
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September 14, 2012
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September 13, 2012
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September 12, 2012
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First birthday celebrated outside of America, and so close to finishing this bike trip!

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September 12, 2012
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195km in 11 hours

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September 11, 2012
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September 10, 2012
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115km in 6 hours

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September 09, 2012
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September 07, 2012
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The Way of St. James, by bicycle: extended edition!

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September 05, 2012
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September 05, 2012
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190km in 8 hours

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September 04, 2012
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September 03, 2012
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55km in 2 hours

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September 02, 2012
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September 01, 2012
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140km in 5.5 hours

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August 29, 2012
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August 27, 2012
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120km in 4.5 hours

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August 26, 2012
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August 25, 2012
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170km in 10.5 hours

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August 24, 2012
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250km in 13 hours

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August 21, 2012
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August 19, 2012
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240 km in 13 hours

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August 16, 2012
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1,300km starting from Lille, routing through Paris, Normandy, Rennes, Nantes, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, and Bayonne! Onwards to Spain & Portugal afterwards to finish the trip!

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August 15, 2012
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August 15, 2012
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110km in 4.5 hours

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August 14, 2012
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50km in 2 hours.

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August 12, 2012
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August 11, 2012
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The John Frost Bridge, a decisive point of Operation Market Garden in World War 2

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August 04, 2012
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125km in 6.5 hours

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August 01, 2012
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July 31, 2012
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115km in 5 hours

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July 31, 2012
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295km in 16 hours! Longest ride of my life.

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July 25, 2012
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July 20, 2012
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200km in 9 hours.

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July 18, 2012
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Days 50 & 51 have been some of the toughest riding of this entire trip. The endless steep hills going across Czech Republic from Brno to Prague have been challenging.

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July 09, 2012
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Photo of the “House of the 4 Idiots”

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July 08, 2012
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One of my favorite cities in the world!

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June 28, 2012
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120km in 4.5 hours.

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June 18, 2012
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A very nice little Hungarian town along the Danube just south of Budapest

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June 17, 2012
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150km in 7 hours.

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June 16, 2012
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My one stop in Crotia!

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June 15, 2012
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A lot of history goes along with this small Croatian city along the Danube.

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June 15, 2012
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120km in 4.5 hours.

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June 15, 2012
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Awesome city along the Danube. Beach, fortress, paintball match, and lots of new friends.

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June 12, 2012
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83km in 3.5 hours.

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June 11, 2012
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First sighting of the river which I will be following for the next few hundred kilometers!

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June 09, 2012
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Awesome view from the balcony of my CS hosts apartment :-)

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June 07, 2012
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240km in 12 hours!

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June 07, 2012
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The Serbian city with a Skull Tower, a small concentration camp, and the launch point for the long ride up to Belgrade!

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June 05, 2012
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160km in 10 hours.

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June 04, 2012
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Biking through these dark tunnels on the approach to Niš were one of the most dangerous encounters I’ve ever faced on my bike!

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June 04, 2012
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Loving my time here in Sofia so far!

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May 31, 2012
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150km in 8 hours.

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May 29, 2012
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Another frustrating flat tire, but I made some new friends when a group of bikers saw me and stopped to help!

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May 24, 2012

As I was trying to find the border control to pass from Turkey into Greece after leaving Edirne, a Turkish soldier warned me not to get too close to him…

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May 24, 2012
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180 kilometers in 11 hours.

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May 24, 2012
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240 kilometers in 15 hours.

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May 21, 2012
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After finally making it out of the outer limits of the city of Istanbul, I was just about to stop in the town of Silivri for some food & rest, when I got a flat tire. Drivers may be mean and every country claims to have the worst drivers, but you gotta learn to trust the traffic behind you, or else you end up taking a forced lunch break like I did!

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May 21, 2012
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Spent an awesome week in Istanbul!

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May 15, 2012
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Wait a sec- 20 hours in London before I start this trip!

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May 14, 2012
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Plotting routes using google maps, also shows me what kind of elevation I’ll encounter on my rides. Another crucial tool that makes this entire trip work.

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May 10, 2012
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What are those wheels on my bike that don’t look like regular wheels? Aerospokes!

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May 08, 2012
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These awesome little speakers bring music to the road straight from my bike!

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May 02, 2012
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There are many bikes out there, but this one is mine… and I love it! I’m riding on a single-speed 2008 Jamis Sputnik track bike. This isn’t the type of bike anyone would recommend anyone to use for a bike trip across Europe, or any other continent for that matter. So what, I’m doing it.

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May 01, 2012
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CouchSurfing, duh! This is the single most important aspect of my entire trip. Couchsurfing serves up inspiration, friends, hosts, surfers, fellow travelers, insight, experiences, amongst many other great virtues. It has totally changed my life for the better, ever since I joined 5 years ago, and it keeps driving me forward full steam ahead!

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May 01, 2012