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A HUMAN-POWERED ADVENTURE.

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A HUMAN-POWERED ADVENTURE.

5 YEARS. 50 COUNTRIES. 50000 KILOMETERS.

My name is Tomi Rantanen. I'm a 35-year-old Finnish photographer. My dream is to cycle around the world. And in June 2017, I will make this dream a reality and set off on a five-year journey across the globe.

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THE WHY

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THE WHY

WHY BICYCLE TOURING?

Because I love everything about it. The connection with nature, the ability to go anywhere, the feeling of invulnerability that comes from traveling powered by nothing but my own muscles. The peace and quiet of camping, resting whenever I want to, and meeting wonderful people every day. Sunsets, birds, mountains, glorious views that bring tears to your eyes. And most of all, the purest sense of freedom I’ve ever experienced.

WHY FIVE YEARS AROUND THE WORLD?

After every tour I’ve done so far, I’ve been sad that it ended so early. How could three months be enough when there’s an entire world out there to explore? So I started to dream of a tour that would last years and take me to places I haven’t even heard of. But instead of only dreaming about it, I turned that into an actual life goal. Existence is simply too short to not make your dreams come true. And that's what all of this is about.

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THE WHERE

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THE WHERE

I will start from Inari, Finland. That’s where I currently live, 300km north of the Arctic Circle. From here I’ll head southwest through Norway and Sweden to mainland Europe. Somewhere around Italy I will turn east and eventually journey across Asia into Australia. Then South America, USA and Canada.

At least that’s the general idea. Of course the actual route may end up looking very different. There’s no point in getting attached to a specific plan. It’s much better to just go along and see what happens.

But the whole journey will require at least 50,000 kilometers in 50 countries. And there will be approximately 200 national parks and 50 UNESCO World Heritage Nature sites along the way. I’m going to see some pretty amazing places during these five years.

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