My Route

The Route

My route around the world was forever changing. I have had to alter plans or make changes on the road many times, due to political situations, visa constraints and weather. The plan is no longer a beautiful straight line around the world from China back to Canada. I have slowly come to terms with that over the rolling miles. However, the twisting road home has led me into some unexpected and exciting adventures that I will never forget. The places I knew the least about have been some of the most exciting. The plan is to always be ready to scrap the plan. To the unknown road and all that lays ahead.

My Route ~ China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia(FYROM), Albania, Italy, Vatican, Malta, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United States, Canada (Airplanes from Kabul-Chennai, Delhi-Istanbul, Malta-Cairo, Cape Town-Buenos Aires)image
My ride began in Sanya, China on the Island of Hainan, where I was living and working for two years as a Kindergarten Teacher at a Canadian International School. From there I rode north and crossed onto the mainland where I spent the next three months navigating China across the Provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, Chongqing, Sichuan, Gansu and Xinjiang. From Kashgar, China I continued my Silk Road journey and crossed into the beautiful mountain reaches of Kyrgyzstan. From there it was down through historic Uzbekistan before taking the plunge into the daring unknown of Afghanistan. After arriving in Kabul, I flew to India with no possibility of a Pakistani visa. In India, I began the long loop through absolute beauty and insanity from Chennai back to New Delhi. From India I took an airplane and resumed my route in Turkey through Eastern Europe and eventually down through Italy, where I crossed to North Africa via Malta.

I picked up my originally intended route in Egypt, and began the journey down through the treasures of Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town. At the end of Africa I crossed the Atlantic to South America. Beginning in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I started the route through the ranges of South America where I eventually took a series of boats up the Amazon starting in Peru. This culminated as one of the great adventures of my journey. In Ecuador, I ended my boat odyssey and returned to my bike. In Colombia, I took a series of boats again towards Panama due to the impenetrable Darien Gap. From Panama, I began my cycle homeward through steamy Central America up into the United States. Crossing the states of Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, I made my way back to Canada.

Now, I am back in my little home of Rideau Ferry, Canada. I have completed my ride and working towards my next adventure.

**Don’t be afraid to drop me a line at if you have any questions. 🙂

  1. Kim McDonald

    Hey Mark, we are looking forward to your arrival here in Stratford! Godspeed!

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