**March 2004: Unfortunately I didn't keep this page updated,
and now I have set off I won't be adding to it for some time.
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or the diary or mileage
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Decided to cycle to China in 2004
Wrote to local bike shops and got a part-time job (one day a week) as a "volunteer" trainee mechanic.
Researched visas and routes. Stuck into Dervla Murphy's books.
Began taking steps to wind up business. Discussions with clients and with potential purchasers.
Registered domain name: 2wheels.org.uk, and set up this website
Researched routes, visas
To be done
Approach sponsors and obtain sponsorship
Finalise sale of business
Hand over business to purchaser by the end of this month.
Obtain Russian visa invitation
Trial ride - bike tour round England: Exeter - Carmarthen - Bolton - Keswick - Leeds - Nottingham - Royston - Exeter?
Obtain Russian and Ukrainian visas
Must get on the road before the end of the month!
Aim to be at or near the Ukrainian border by the end of the month
Across Ukraine and aim to be at or near the Russian border by the end of the month.
European Russia, towards the Urals
Russia - across the Urals and into Siberia
Russia - towards the Mongolian border
Out of Mongolia into China
Across China and towards journey's end: Shanghai
Time to find a job in China to over-winter, with an eye to getting the bike back on the road for spring 2005.