So my dream is to cycle around the world.

This has been my life's biggest goal for at least a couple years now. Of course I could've packed my bags and set off almost as soon as I got the idea. But I wanted to get a couple things sorted first. Mainly, to learn photography to the point where I can somewhat confidently take high quality images along the way. Somehow I felt I wouldn't want to pedal for five years in truly amazing landscapes and end up with mediocre holiday photos. And secondly, sort my finances enough so that I wouldn't need to rely on the kindness of strangers just to get by.

The current idea for an approximate route is this: North Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, East Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, North America. After that, I don't know. Whether the oceans will be crossed by plane or boat is also still undecided.

The world record for circumnavigating the globe is 123 days. Most people do this in a year or two or three. I have no interest in trying to set any records. Not that I could even if I wanted to - my athletic prowess is somewhere on the level of a wet baby koala. But more importantly, the point of the trip is to enjoy the adventure and take as much time as I want. Trying to go fast would miss the entire purpose of the journey. Nothing kills enjoyment as easily as hurry. So I've set aside at least five years.

But who knows, it might take longer.