I always got some questions about my travels and experiences, Since I have been travel for many years, my story is getting more and more diversity, not just a simple journey, or a few words could explain it anymore, even some peoples couldn’t believe my story.
Few years ago, I was writing a blog about my journey when I was in North America. So I could keep updates with the friends I met on the way. However, because of my procrastination, I didn’t continued…
Last month ( September, 2017), I just finished the last part of my Silk Road bicycle journey in southern Italy. The journey was started in June, 2014, The original goal was Amsterdam, because I hear about that many bicycles there, so I believe it could be a nice final destination for a bicycle journey.
After cycling through China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan , Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, I reached Turkey in January, 2015. During that time was the most difficult period fighting against terrorism. I was cycling the road along with Iraqi and Syrian border though eastern part of Turkey, I got to know and to see what was really happening. Therefore I decided to anchor in this region for a while as a photojournalist.
That is why my Silk Road journey was delayed to Europe after almost 3 years.
In this 3 years I was also working as a crew for video productions. After one project finished in India, I travel around India by an Royal Enfield 500cc.
In 2010, I went to U.S as an exchange student. The beautiful campus of my school was located in the central part of states, Conway, Arkansas. The exchange program was only for 6 months. I didn’t think that I could learn a lot from the classroom in U.S in this 6 moths, even I was barely able to speak English. The idea was to experience as more as I can about American culture in this 6 months. So I flew to JFK from Shanghai with my bicycle, I assembled it at the Airport, then all the way to campus.
After one month on the road, 1500miles, I arrived the campus, I was welcomed by many students also vice-president of university, even interviewed by local TV and school new paper. Of course, My English was getting better after one month journey.
The plan was after finished the exchange program carry on the journey to California then fly back to Shanghai, finish my last year of university. However during my stay in Conway, Arkansas , I made a new plan about my trip.
I left Conway, Arkansas before the Thanksgiving of 2010. I emailed my university back to Shanghai, said I want drop one year off. So I was on my way to Argentina，the end of the world —- Patagonia. I was keep heading west from Arkansas. The whole journey of Biking Across U.S.A started from New York, though New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, reached California on January, 2011.
From there I started cycle to south. But who knows, After about 3 months travelling ( included Sail boat & cycling) in Mexico, I ended up in Mexico for almost 2 years and half. Even now I still haven’t reach anywhere of South America.
Sum up, Biking across U.S.A opened my mind, living in Mexico grew me up, Cycling across Silk Road is an escalation of my life. In fact, I feel that all my life is a process of escalation.
Currently, I am traveling on a Honda XRV750Rd07 in Europe, which will speed up my journey to South America. But before that I still need to explore Europe and Africa. It could take another few years. I just finished a one month journey around Ireland, it was supposed to be a test drive for me, but in fact it could be the toughest part in this region. Still, I made a lot of friends there. when the weather is cold, but people are warm.
While I am writing my newest updates, I would also start to write some old stories about my previous experiences. This blog is not just a place where I share my stories but also a platform to re-connect all the friends I have met during my journey and make new friends out here.
See you soon comrades!
October, 13, 2017 @ Lier, Belgium
Updated :January, 4, 2018 @ London, England