We celebrate the end of Charlie Walker’s round-the-world cycle trip with our favourite blogs from his incredible adventure. And one of his world-famous time-lapse videos...
In July 2010 Charlie Walker set off for four years with a plan to cycle 40,000 miles around Europe, Asia and Africa. On November 20, 2014, he finally arrived back in London.
Along the way, Charlie blogged about his adventures for the Wanderlust website, from the carefree early days eating plums plucked fresh from orchards in Romania to his sick bed in the backblocks of the DRC, where he fought off a virulent strain of malaria.
"I'm not really a cyclist: the bicycle was a conveniently cheap and deliberately slow means to an end," explains Charlie. "The end being to see the world, meet interesting people and to challenge myself both physically and mentally. Hopefully, I've learned a thing or two along the way too."
We’ve gathered together our favourite blogs to celebrate Charlie’s incredible achievement. And a time-lapse video that chronicles the changes Charlie went through while pursuing his dream.
The one where Charlie discovers a former war zone that is well on the mend.
The one where Charlie takes a dangerous diversion into one of the world's most troubled regions and discovers what is really important in life.
The one where Charlie hits the roads of India and wonders who – or what – has the right of way?
The one where Charlie's charity ride takes a life-threatening turn in Tibet, and the kindness of strangers helps pull him through.
The one where Charlie swaps his bike for a horse in Mongolia – with hilarious consequences...
The one where Charlie unwittingly finds inner peace at Wat Tham Tu Khao Tong.
The one where Charlie Walker cops it in the neck in northern Laos. And begs for more.
The one where Charlie hits Ethiopia and comes under attack – for the first time in his 40,000 mile journey.
The one where Charlie discovers that there's something about Uganda that makes people go a little crazy.
The one where Charlie hits Mozambique and his beard excites more comments than his bike.
The one where Charlie restarts his journey after an extended stay in Cape Town on a new bike he's not quite sure about.
The one where Charlie finds himself in the back blocks of the DRC on his 27th birthday. How will he mark the occasion?
The one where Charlie comes down with malaria – and typhoid – on the road to Kinshasa, and the kindness of strangers helps him survive.