We will depart from Sydney and travel by bicycle unassisted back to the Emerald Isle. Below is the route we are planning to take. Bit of a spin eh?
The route will see us start at Sydneys Children's hospital, Randwick at 10am on Sunday 4th August 2019. We will depart from the gate on High St and anyone who wishes to see us off, we would love to see you there.
Over the course of the next 12 - 18 months we will cycle across 3 continents and through 28 countries. Easy work!? ; ) We thought the same so decided to push the boundaries and take on the challenge of running an ultramarathon in each country we set foot. An ultramarathon is anything over 42.2km in distance. We have decided to do 64km, why 64? 64km was the first ultra we ran together in Dec 2018 on an island off the coast of Tasmania called Bruny. Is this achievable??? Time will tell!
Our first continent to cross is of course Australia.
So we will begin our journey in Randwick in Sydney and head towards Perth. Australia has a population of 24.6 million and estimated 85% of the population live within 50km of the coast. So as you can imagine our route will not have us seeing many people or going through many towns so this will more than likely be the hardest part of the journey. We will pass through 2 timezones (extra hour in bed them days) and see lots of red dirt and wild camels, horses, kangaroos, emu's and hopefully not too many snakes! Our first ultramarathon will be in Perth and will be the Waterous Trail on Foot in Dwellingup on the 28th September. We will run the 50 mile event on the day. It's a bit more then our planned 64km so we will get more miles of smiles and the bonus of it been an event makes it easier on us not having to worry about a route, aid stations on the course will save us trying to carry water and food to do us for the full day. Also getting to meet the other participants and the buzz around the event will make it all the easier.
From Perth we will catch a flight to Vietnam and to Ho Chi Minh City. We will put our bikes back together and cross the border at Moc Bai into Cambodia. Head to Phnom Penh in Cambodia before we head north and into Laos. Head north and cross the border into Northen Thailand and then onto Myanmar. At the moment there is no border for travellers open between Myanmar and Bangladesh. If this is still the case when we are there then we will have to catch a boat from Tamu across to India. We will head north and spends Christmas 2019 in Nepal where we will do base camp Everest and maybe some mountaineering depending on time. If anyone is looking to go on holidays at Christmas time, please feel free to join us in Nepal. The more the merrier.
After Nepal we will head back into India, Head down to Mumbai and fly across to Oman, cycle through Oman and into United Arab Emirates before crossing the Gulf of Oman by boat into Iran. Up through Iran and enter into Azerbijan, Armenia and Georgia before cycling from east to west of Turkey.
Once we get to Europe we have a few options of what route we could take. Right now the plan is to enter into Greece and head south and cross over to the South of Italy. Up through Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, across the English Channel, cycle across England and Wales, ferry across the Irish Sea into Dun Laoghaire and to the doors of Crumlin Hospital before we cycle down to the sunny south east.