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The route has changed from my original plan, but then this had led to a greater sense of adventure!

I originally planned on riding the Camino de Santiago route through France and into Spain, then working my way down through Africa. Snow halted me in France and the Pyrenees and I ended up taking a train to Perpignan and following the coast down to Gibralta and then onwards into Morocco.

Africa proved a nightmare for me. I was robbed on three occasions and had my passport stolen in Senegal, meaning a return to London to replace it. This seriously depleted my funds.

I then decided to change my route and set off this time through Europe, loosely following the Danube through to Turkey and then into ‘the Stans’ of Central Asia.

If all goes well I will continue on to South East Asia and then skip across the ocean to Canada. My plan is to ride across Canada and down to New York, then ride across America to San Francisco. If I’m able to continue I’ll then follow the Pan American Trail through South America.

Take a look at the Trips page or click the Route Map link to see where I’ve been.




Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

When you get to Chile, an ocean-view room awaits you. 😉

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm


    Now you’ve done it, I simply have to take you up on this!!


      Viet Hoang
      Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 4:05 am

      My dad is a cancer patient too. Your story is his power. Must tell him now. All the best wishes to you! God bless you Derek. I’m living in Vietnam, you can ask some local where is the best pagoda. Go there and pray! We all do that here.
      Viet Hoang

        Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 5:27 am

        Hi Viet,

        Please email me at derek@dereksbiketrip and tell me more about your father and his cancer. Please also give him my very best wishes.

        Kind regards,


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5:53 am

All the best Mr Derek,please visit more places to inspire to more and more people!

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 6:34 am

Hi Derek. You are a motivation, inspiration. I red your trip story. i also personally met you while you were in Baku sitting with Ed and some other friends in McDonalds. I talked to you guys and offered any help that you guys needed. Later on I met Ed again for some of his visa problem. i wish I could talk to you a lot and spend some time. We are planning to ride to Turkey from Baku in a week. Your articles are very helpful. I’m sorry that you and your friends had some challenges(problems) through Azerbaijan.
Hope to meet you someday.


    Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Javan,

    If there is one thing I’m learning from my trip, it is to never say never! We may meet one day. 🙂

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:49 am

Hi Derek

I’m just a little girl, 23 years old, living in Hanoi – Vietnam. I cried when reading your story. You inspired a lot. I’m also a cancer patient, blood cancer. I overcame the bone marrow transplant in March 2014. I’m going to take part in a trip for volunteer in the next January and a quite afraid of my health but you make me decide not to scare anymore. Thank you so much!

I feel so sorry cuz don’t know you earlier but it ‘s never too late, right?

Best wishes for you!

    Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Dear Anita,

    I tell my story and keep this blog for this reason; to help and inspire others. I hope your health improves and you enjoy your trip, my thoughts and prayers will be with you. Be brave, but also do not worry about being scared – it is necessary sometimes to remind you of the challenges you are overcoming.

    And yes Anita, it never is too late. Live each moment with joy and happiness.

    Love Derek

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