List of Moments…

These are some special moments I collected as a list. They should be in chronological order.

Moldova – Being stopped by a traffic officer for riding my bicycle against the traffic rules. I was warned about these fake tickets, so I decided not to give any money to him. I was ordered  in his office, but because he spoke no English, there was three minute silence before he let me out.

Black Sea– One sunny day our captain decided to do a rescue rehearsal for the crew. Result: another boat had to rescue the first boat because it ran out of gas. One lady got sea sick.

Kutaisi– After finding the cheapest (and poorest) guest house in Kutaisi, I shared a room and slept next to a local old man who was probably not paying for his accommodation. As little wealth as he had, it was he who invited me to eat his piece of bread and meat. We spoke nothing, and just ate our dinner in the dark room.

Caucasus– Two day hike under Mountain Kazbegi brought an exciting moment when me and two Poles  had to cross the glacier in the pitch dark. Setting up our tents next to Glacier gave us cold night, but an awesome scenery in the morning.

Armenian Highlands–  The hardest up & downs ever with my weak knee was tough. Maybe the only time I thought that if my knee pain continues, I must quit my trip.

Iran– hospitality in Iran was amazing and bizarre. When I decided not to answer few questions for a local motorist, he called an interpreter and an officer to force me to answer his questions. To prove my point I rejected to answer any questions.

Camping in Iran– Each night the sky was full of stars. No fear of rain whatsoever.  One night close to Persepolis some drunken boys pinched my tyre and bended my water bottle cage

Persian Gulf – Realizing that I had traveled overland to Persian Gulf was stupendous. I had to dip my body to the water straight away.

Dubai  – After long journey through Eastern Europe and Iran, it was just crazy feeling to chill on the roof top swimming pool and stare at the Burj Khalifa. And those shopping malls!

Mumbai– Riding a bicycle to  Mumbai downtown and back to the hostel (30km one way) was an experience! Especially when the last 15km it got dark. I was never so concentrated on the traffic as I was back then. Flyovers were the worst!

India– Cycling through half of India in less than twenty days. I got followed  by local cyclists, horned hundreds of times, and when stopped, stared at big time! India was unique!

Nepal– Seeing the Himalayas for the first time. I climbed this hill up to 2500m, and when descending, the view got me.

Kathmandu– Those danish pastries at one cafeteria were so delicious!

Tibet– Crossing Tibet by Jeep/Van/Hard Seat Train. An interesting bonus feature was a dog bite to my leg by a street dog.

China– Ikea meat balls in Chengdu with some Salmiakki (Finnish licorice) never tasted better.

Laos– With no ATMs/money after the border, I had to cycle ~200km with some cookies, one soup sack and Salmiakki. The last 50km I had to apportion the last sweets very carefully. When I got to Thailand, I ate four dishes and two hot dogs.

Brazil– Hospitality. Being invited to a private Tennis club (with sauna) and a Gremio match by one couchsurfer. Accommodation and continental breakfast- invitation by a random Brazilian family. Bike tour in Curitiba by local bike association. A man buying me a tire in Cascavel.

Argentina– Cycling 230km in one day through Chaco province.

Crossing Andes– The hardest part of my trip. More you can read from here

Bolivia– Speed record (72km/h). Also the diarrhea record.

La Paz– The view of La Paz was breathtaking.

Peru– Crossing Bolivian and Peruvian border. There was a demonstration going on on Peru, so I had to cycle car-impossible 100km confronting rocks, glass and protesting locals.

Machu Picchu– Outstanding journey to see this phenomenal attraction.

Canada– Arriving to Montreal. After ~9 months I found myself in the western World.

New York– Cycling to/in New York. I never would’ve imagined cycling in New York is so much fun.

Route 66“- Me and two buddies of mine driving from NYC to LA. No more needs to be said. Legendary.

Conan O’Brien– One of my favorite shows seen live in LA.

Feast in Encinitas – Good food and good company in California. Bliss.

Arriving to Duesseldorf – Still, a big culture shock between Norhern America and Europe.



  1. Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    hi lukas,
    i see that even though your trip is over for long you’re still into it – just like me. i’m still sentimental about the fact that it’s over while it is still present in my mind every day.
    and it seems that you are the same – i like it!
    warm regards as ever,

    • Posted May 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Herbert for your comment.
      Yes, it has been 8 months since my return. However, there has been small things going on constantly concerning my trip. Some interviews, presentations, exhibitions etc. The aftermath of my trip is still impacting my daily routine.
      I wish you all best for your post-trip.

  2. Pasi
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great moments. Thanks for sharing.

    BTW I think I met you before your trip at Munich railway station as we changed a few words about cycling.

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