Take a look at the map below and click the icons for a plan and description of the journey, or press the button below to track me in real time!
Instead of taking the shortest route, directly overland, I've chosen a longer one based around the three ancient cities of Rome, Athens, and Constantinople. From Canterbury cathedral, I will be following the footsteps of medieval pilgrims on the Via Francigena across the Alps and all the way down to Brindisi in the heel of Italy, setting sail from the same port that took them to the Holy Land. From Athens, I will cross the Aegean to visit the sites of two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, before reaching the end of my journey outside the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Riding 5,000km across Europe alone and unsupported will be a wonderful experience, but also at times very tough, and very lonely. I really believe in the causes I have chosen; if you'd like to support me by making a donation, it will help to spur me on my way!