One Year in Numbers

Leaving from Bologna, exactly one year ago.
Leaving from Bologna, exactly one year ago.

It has been one year since I left Italy. The initial plan was to stay away only one year, but no, I’m not going home soon and I am not riding to Australia anymore. And these are some statistics about last year. For some more detailed statistics, including the route, look at the stats page.

If you are curious about anything else that happened this year leave and doesn’t appear on the list below, leave a comment and I’ll try to include it in the list.

  • Days riding: 235.
  • Rest days: 130.
  • Km: approx. 17000.
  • Longest day: 170 km, Taklamakan Desert, China.
On this day I cycled 170 km. Lot of tailwind and not a lot to look at apart from a few sand dunes.
On this day I cycled 170 km. Lot of tailwind and not a lot to look at apart from a few sand dunes.
  • Longest period without a rest day: 31 days, 3400 km, including a few 3000+ m passes, from Bishkek to Xining.
  • Highest point: 4650 m, Akbaital pass, Tajikistan.
On the top of the Akbaital Pass with Guillaume and Sebastien.
On the top of the Akbaital Pass with Guillaume and Sebastien.
  • Longest climb: 2 days, from 900 m to 3600 m in the Taklamakan Desert, China (first day with a ferocious head wind).
  • Longest descent: 80 km, from 3300 m to 900 m, close to Urumqi, before entering the Taklamakan, China.
  • Cyclists I’ve ridden with:
    Guillaume from France. We met in Uzbekistan and cycled together until Osh.
    Guillaume from France. We met in Uzbekistan and cycled together until Osh.
    Sebastien, from France again. We cycled together from Dushanbe to Osh.
    Sebastien, from France again. We cycled together from Dushanbe to Osh.
    Zigor from Basque Country
    Zigor from Basque Country.

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    The five of us, me, Guillaume, Sebastien, Zigor and Maria, on the pass in no man's land between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, around 330 0 m of altitude.
    The five of us, me, Guillaume, Sebastien, Zigor and Maria, on the pass in no man’s land between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, around 330 0 m of altitude.
    Paul and François, from France. We never really cycled together, but we had some good time together in Xining, relaxing after the Taklamakan and eating as much food as we could.
    Paul and François, from France. We never really cycled together, but we had some good time together in Xining, relaxing after the Taklamakan and eating as much food as we could.

    Marco, from Germany. We cycled together from Labrang to Chengdu, through some mountains and Tibetan villages (here we are at an almost unexpected pass at 4000 m).
    Marco, from Germany. We cycled together from Labrang to Chengdu, through some mountains and Tibetan villages (here we are at an almost unexpected pass at 4000 m).
  • Nights spent by friends, friends of friends, Couchsurfing: 40.
  • Christmas dinner at Thessaloniki with Vasilia and Sophia.
    Christmas dinner at Thessaloniki with Vasilia and Sophia.
  • Nights spent in hotel/hostel: ca. 105.
  • Nights spent in my tent or with an unexpected invitation: all the others, that makes around 220 nights.
  • Best camping spot: Usually nights without wind, not too cold, without the noise of traffic and with a starry sky are the best to spend into a tent. This happened in the Pamir highway in Tajikistan (sometimes too cold), at Song Kol with Urs in Kyrgyzstan and in the Taklamakan desert in China (sometimes noisy or windy).
  • Close to Murghab, Tajikistan, at 3600 m. Reasonably warm, beautiful sky and very silent: the perfect camping spot.
    Close to Murghab, Tajikistan, at 3600 m. Reasonably warm, beautiful sky and very silent: the perfect camping spot.

    In the Taklamakan desert, China. Slightly windy, a few noise (very rarely), but a great moon and still a great camping spot!
    In the Taklamakan desert, China. Slightly windy, a few noise (very rarely), but a great moon and still a great camping spot!
  • Worst camping spot: My first night in the GBAO region in Tajikistan was spent on a rocky terrain with some ferocious wind. One pole of the tent broke and I slept outside, using a rock as a shelter. But the worst night was probably in the Taklamakan desert: no shelter whatsoever, poor pegging in the sand, strong wind that kept me awake and rain with water entering the tent + broken mp3 player because of the water. The fact that often the worst and the best camping spots are in the same regions tell you something about why some remote places are worth a visit.
  • You see those rocks? It was absolutely impossible to pitch the tent and the poles broke, so I ended up sleeping behind a few rocks. As you can see Guillaume and Sebastien were luckier than me.
    You see those rocks? It was absolutely impossible to pitch the tent and the poles broke, so I ended up sleeping behind a few rocks. As you can see Guillaume and Sebastien were luckier than me.
  • Most read post: Departure.
  • Countries visited: 16. Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China.
  • In East Europe I was crossing borders every few days.
    In East Europe I was crossing borders every few days.
  • Hottest temperature: around 50 °C in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and South Tajikistan. Not fun.
  • Coldest temperature: around – 20 °C in Turkey (night). -10 °C in Turkey and Bosnia (day).
  • Getting ready for the coldest night of the trip in my tent, close to Lake Van, East Turkey.
    Getting ready for the coldest night of the trip in my tent, close to Lake Van, East Turkey.
  • Number of accidents: one, in Albania.

 

 

Mechanical stuff

Fixing my first puncture in Iran.
Fixing my first puncture in Iran.
  • 7 punctures (+ 4 in a single day which I suspect are due to a Chinese mechanic that to remove the tyre used a screwdriver ???).
  • 2 broken rims (one in the accident in Albania and one cracked on the side in Turkey).
  • 2 broken back derailleurs (one in the accident in Albania, the other in Iran and it was partially my fault).
  • 1 broken freehub (in the desert in Iran, partially repaired by a very helpful mechanic in Tabas).
  • Too many broken spokes, all after Tajikistan and all on the back wheel (never go for a Mavic rim or for Mavic spokes if you are touring with a big load).
  • 1 set of tyres changed.
  • 4 chains used.
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