In 1884 American Thomas Stevens cycled around the world on a penny farthing bicycle with his socks, a change of shirt and a rain coat which doubled as his tent and bed roll.
In 1894, Annie Kopchovsky cycled around the world with a change of clothes and a pearl handled revolver.
Thoughts on Equipment
I wouldn’t get too hung up on equipment, just do it anyway. My first year I was on a £300 city bike and look at the great time I had! WBG
The kit in blue I absolutely recommend 100%
Cycling and Sleeping
1 x North Face Gold Kazoo Sleeping Bag (Donated on route)
1 x Exped Trail Mat (Donated on route)
1 x Trail Thermarest Rolling Mat
Lights and Power
1 x Power Monkey Extreme Solar Charger
1 x Torch
1 x Head Torch
1 x Wind UpTorch – in case all else fails
1 x Optimus Multi-Fuel Stove (new addition Nov 2015, courtesy of Pauline and Cathy)
1 x 10 litre foldaway plastic container. For those weeks in the Sahara Desert.
1 x Pot – so out of shape it looks like I’ve been hitting it off someones head, repeatedly.
1 x Frying Pan – use for chopping board and dinner plate.
1 x Spork – broken in two, but still using. 2 x Sporks (new addition Nov 2015)
1 x Metal Full Size Spoon – luxury item donated when spotted eating with broken Spork.
I x Metal Cup – realized plastic bottom the moment it went on fire after placing on gas stove to heat up cold coffee.
1 x Spanner – cannot remember what this is for or why I brought it but it’s definitely for something.
2 x ‘Getting the Tyres off Plastic Thingys’
1 x Allon Key for Pedals
1 x Allon Key for Seat Post
4 x Inner Tubes
1 x Puncture Repair Kit – friend absolutely insisted I take; reality is I would hitch hike before using a puncture repair kit.
1 x Pump
1 x Compass – never used but makes me feel like a ‘real’ explorer.
1 x Bikini (The most important piece of clothing!)
1 x Micro Fleece Jumper
1 x Merino Wool Leggings
2 x Merino Wool Tops
2 x Vest Tops
I x Cycling Vest Top
1 x Pair of Padded Cycling Shorts – never worn but keeping for those bumpy road days in poorer countries.
3 x Pairs of Pants
3 x Pairs of Socks
1 x Waterproof Jacket – donated in my 10th country as didn’t have a jacket.
1 x Helmet – a must for overtaking the cars on the downhills.
1 x pink sink ( new addition Nov 2015)
Love dogs? Be a hero. Save a life. Go to your local shelter for your four legged bundle of joy. Or don’t save a life. Don’t be a hero. And go to a breeder. The choice is yours. WBG