“What makes you keep going?” is a question I’m asked all too frequently, but my answer has now become automatic: my friends and followers. The trip has for a long time become more about the friends I’m making than the miles I’m riding, but this doesn’t take away from the fact I’m getting very close to being able to call myself a true “round the world” cyclist. The point of telling you this? well this trip has been called “The Goodwill Tour” since I landed in Canada and without your help I could never have got this far, so thank you everyone who has helped (or is still helping) me continue my trip.
Guinness World Records has a set of rules which define what constitutes an around the world cycle. These include:
- Cycling at least 18,000 miles in a given direction i.e. east or west.
- Crossing every line of longitude around the world and two antipodal points (opposite points of the globe).
- Travelling a total distance – including flights and boats – of at least as much as 24,900 miles, the earth’s circumference at the equator.
I’ve now been on the road for 20 months and when I started this venture, my daily mileage was approximately 100 miles (160 km) and I was easily able to accomplish this. The biggest challenge now has become continuing to try and cycle a ‘worthwhile’ daily mileage and I set myself the target of 60 miles (or 100 km) many months ago. What’s changed is this 60 miles is now taking me a full day (between 8 – 10 hours) and it’s becoming very exhausting to keep this up continuously for more than a few days, hence why I am taking much more rest time than I have done before.
What’s also changed is I cannot write my blog immediately when I stop for rest days, because I’m honestly just too tired. OK so that’s my excuse for why I’m so far behind, but I am going to change the way I keep up with the blog and this should help in the future. Now lets get back to my trip…
Chicago was for me the realisation of a dream, as I’d wanted to come here since my childhood. It’s a truly amazing city of which I took the time to explore, both on my bike and by taking one of the many heritage boat trips along the river, which is by far the best way to see Chicago’s wonderful architecture. It’s also well worthwhile having a knowledgeable guide to describe the buildings and give you their history and this for me was the highlight of my time spent here.
I stayed with fabulous Warmshower hosts Lee and Cindy, enjoying a relaxed and restful period while eating some great food, including making my own pizza which was a first for me. My happiness was even further amplified when taking these photographs, not only because the subject matter is one of my favourites, but because I was also able to enjoy a boat trip!
So here’s my tour of Chicago, hope you all enjoy the pictures (or you can simply skip to the bottom of this blog if it’s not your thing and continue reading).
I could easily have posted many more pictures as Chicago is such a photogenic city, but I have to stop somewhere. My blog is a record of what I have seen and experienced during my trip around the world and will be (along with my book) the only thing I leave behind, so I make no excuses for the amount of photos I use – after all isn’t a picture worth a thousand words?
Chicago came to an end and next up would be my ride across to Detroit, then through the tunnel to Windsor returning into Canada. I’m now in Toronto and will try and catch up with my travel tales as I take an extended break here, so more soon. Stay tuned…