Today’s blog post is almost ready to publish, but I want to put it aside for a moment to share some exciting news:

Mark Beaumont from Scotland has just broken the world record by cycling around the planet in less than 80 days. To put that into perspective, I started this trip three and a half weeks before his run began. In the time it took him to circumnavigate the globe, I’ve cycled from Norway to Denmark.

This feat is insane. He pedalled almost 400km every day! That's 16+ hours of cycling with 5 hours of sleep for 78 days and 14 hours. He started and finished in Paris, as a reference to the Jules Verne novel of the adventures of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout.

This is actually the second time he’s broken this record. The first time was alone and unsupported, almost 10 years ago. He cycled around the world in 194 days - while still having time to shoot a BBC documentary about his project! I remember watching that film in 2012, before I’d even done my first tour. My big dream at the time was to cycle across Canada some day, but it was Mark’s documentary that first made me consider that maybe I could accomplish the same. (Without any speed records, obviously.)

So here’s to Mark Beaumont, the hero of the day. Congratulations on an incredible achievement, and thank you for the inspiration.

Old photo from my previous Arctic Circle bicycle tour.

If you're interested, here are links to the 80-day project, and to the 4-part documentary of the 2008 trip on Youtube. And I'll return to the regularly scheduled programming tomorrow!