A SOLO CYCLE JOURNEY AROUND EUROPE....... POSSIBLY THE WORLD!!
Current location: UK (home)
Total miles: 16,547 (26,475km)
On May 5th 2014 I left the good old British Isles with a plan to cycle around Europe……..possibly the world. I have set up this site as a way for family, friends and others to follow my journey, wherever it may take me.
My name is Matt Dollive, I am a keen cyclist and lover of the great outdoors. In 2013, after my life changed quite dramatically, I decided that I would like to go travelling again, having been to Oz for a year when I was 18. However, instead of just getting a backpack and a plane ticket to somewhere in the world, I thought to myself "why not see places from the comfort (not always) of a saddle" as I love cycling. So, from that moment on, I started saving my pennies, removing from my life the things that caused me stress and worry ( i.e. starting and trying to build my own business), bought a big map of the world and started planning the trip of a lifetime.
When I talked to people about my plans almost everyone asked the question “why?” One person even asked, half joking and half serious, “what are you running…….or riding away from?” The answer to that one is simple, “Nothing.” This journey isn’t about trying to find myself or about running away from responsibility, routine and the norm. I will find routines along the way for sure and cycling to new destinations will become the pretty cool norm. No, I am merely taking advantage of a golden opportunity in my life to go exploring places I have always wanted to see. The slow pace of cycling will give me time to enjoy, experience and appreciate all the new sites, sounds, smells and tastes that are going to overload my senses. I feel very lucky and cannot wait to ride on new roads, climb mountains, meet new people, learn/struggle with new languages ( I am hoping my animated personality will help get the message across) and, of course, eat all sorts of random food and try some cool new beers (not too many though).
My love of cycling started at a very early age. The feeling of speed, freedom and going to the end of the street were huge moments in the life of a 3 year old, even with the stabilisers on! However, when the stabilisers came off, there was no stopping me, “Wahoooooooh!!!!” As I got bigger so did the bikes and my favourite bike was my little 3 speed Peugeot racing bike which took me to other villages, up and down big hills and it was the bike I first achieved riding non-hander on……….only after a few failed attempts, OUCH!!!!! I am pleased to say that even as an adult I still get excited when out on my bike. I can travel so far and sometimes reach stupid speeds, especially when slipstreaming trucks or going downhill, and I’m not ashamed to say that I still go “Wahoooooh!!!!” a lot.
You may have noticed at the top of each page I say ‘A cycle journey around Europe…….possibly the world.’ I say ‘possibly round the world’ because I don’t actually know if that’s what I am going to do. I love the idea of it but I also love the idea of keeping my options open and just going wherever I feel like I want to explore. My route will also depend on current political situations and, in some sad cases, wars. Plus, you never know, I might meet a beautiful woman and fall in love or start working somewhere (preferably a place with amazing weather, people, food and mountains for cycling) and just stay there for a while. To not know where I will be or how my life will evolve over the next few months is an incredibly exciting feeling, I look forward to sharing my adventures with you.
One last thing to remember is that you will never look back on your life and think “I wish I had spent more time at work."
"One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy." Richard Burton
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