Bike racers are exploring the whole world
How can you climb the French Alps, wander through Roman ruins in Turkey, cross the United States, or explore the Australian outback on a shoestring budget that would make even the most frugal backpacker blush? The answer is surprisingly simple—with a bicycle.
In this era of high gas prices using the oil that fuels global warming, the bicycle remains one of the best-kept secrets both in order to travel cheaply and to get to know a culture and often the locals. Outside of a group of diehard enthusiasts, the idea going on vacation by bicycle hardly occurs to most people. If it does, thoughts of “too hard” and “just for the young” keep many from further exploring the idea.
The truth is that bike touring only has to be as strenuous as you want to make it. Don’t fancy camping every night and crossing continents at a racing pace? Go instead for a laid-back ride along Europe’s canal and riverside paths—no traffic and flat—or a jaunt through New Zealand’s vineyards, stopping at a B&B each night. There are so many ways to tour by bicycle. You can pick the one which appeals most to your budget, experience, and sense of adventure.
No matter how you do it, your credit card bill is almost guaranteed to come out healthier compared with equivalent trips using motorized transport. And do not forget the bonus of equally slimming effects on your waistline!
Why on earth would you travel the world by bicycle? It’s hard work, right? Well, there is no denying that it is, but bicycle touring is also an incredibly rewarding experience on a number of levels both physically, mentally, and spiritually.
For every uphill ride, there is a wonderful downhill glide, for every headwind there is a tailwind, and you don’t need to be superman to do it.
There are people of all shapes, sizes, abilities, and ages bicycle touring around the world as you read this. They are all having a unique travel adventure, pushing their own limits, finding out more about themselves, and exploring this wonderful world of ours in a way which has a low impact on the environment, and brings them closer to local communities.