About

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Apparently, the answer to the biggest question we humans all ask is 42. Don’t ask me why that’s the answer or what 42 means because I certainly haven’t worked that out yet. But, according to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the meaning of life is 42. And that’s what I’ve set out to find.

As always, there is a long story I could share to explain this blog and who I am. But to tell such a long tale would breach all manner of blog etiquette, so I will keep this brief. I am in my mid-30s, fit, active and love the outdoors. In February 2014 I had a transient ischaemic attack (mini stroke). It caused me to question everything I had done in my life: the highly paid executive job, the big fancy house and my material possessions. Within a week I had made a decision: I wanted to see the world and find 42.

So that’s what I am doing. I don’t know where this adventure will take me but I am sure it won’t be dull and that it will make me happier than the security of a highly paid job and big house ever could. I started out wanting to cycle around the world in some sort of linear fashion but my travels have evolved into something different.

It’s now November 2016. I thought that I was finished my quest for 42 earlier this year when I took a full time job as a family lawyer. But that’s so not the case. I tried to settle down at home but felt restless. I am happiest when exploring and the settled life isn’t for me. Nor is it for Paul, the man with whom I’ve chosen to spend my life. I think my brief decision not to travel so much upset him and took away from his goals for seeing the world. So, in October I went back into work that I find meaningful (support work) and that allows me flexibility to take time off to travel (as a casual worker that’s easier than as a full-time worker). We’ve booked some more trips and have our eye on the sale airfares once again. The goal is to take 2-3 weeks away at least four times a year to continue our global exploration. Who knows where this might lead. I for one am happy though not only to be back on the road but to have a travel buddy to share the adventures with.

Where I’ve been:

Upcoming trips:

  • 19 Jun 2017 – 10 Jul 2017: Vietnam
  • 16 Oct 2017 – 23 Oct 2017: Western Australia
  • 26 Dec 2017 – 25 Jan 2018 – Germany or Slovakia & Czech Republic (TBC)
  • 30 Apr 2018 – 19 May 2018: Laos

A map of the countries I have visited since I was 18 years old (not all included on this blog). As you can see, I still have many places to travel to.


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22 thoughts on “About

    • I think I will love it too. From the section I have read today, they style seems similar to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series – as in tongue in cheek humour. So I am excited to get stuck into it. I expect I will have much more reading time after I sit my last exam for this semester on Tuesday night too.

    • G’day Baz 🙂
      A long way from where I was is where I got to 🙂 . With such a big life change I had to move to a new blog space to keep things tidy. I tried blogging about this new stage of life on my other site but it just didn’t work for me. Transventure didn’t quite have the right ring to it anymore. Right now I am in Murrayville in the middle of the mallee. Am headed towards Swan Hill and Echuca then down to get in a few days skiing at Hotham or Buller (all going well).

  1. It’s been a long time since I read Hitchhikers… but I made the link as soon as I read your blog title. Very clever.
    As for Terry Pratchett – huge fan!
    Great blog Andrew. I look forward to reading more.
    Dayna

    • I can’t take credit for the title. It was a friend who suggested it. Am loving Baw Baw. Went out xc skiing today and going to do more tomorrow. Wow it’s great out there off the main slopes. Will upload a blog on Friday night. Have run out of bandwidth on my laptop and mobile data is too slow to tether

      • The upside of staying on mountain (as I assume you are) is that you can get reception! (The communications tower is at the top of the mountain, after all.) Staying in small towns nearby won’t necessarily guarantee that as they’re mostly in valleys.
        : )

    • Hi James,
      Thank you for the honour. As I am trying to keep my blog on topic as much as possible, I have decided not to accept any awards on my blog. However, I will come answer the questions related to the award in the comments section of your blog. I should mention that I feel very honoured that you have nominated me for the award. Thank you.
      Andrew

  2. I really like the theme of change that fuels your blog, Andrew. I have been drawn to cycling and blogging with change in mind too.
    I’ll look forward to reading more. You have some excellent trips planned!
    Gail

    • Thanks Gail. My life went through a massive change last year after I had a suspected mini stroke. I have no idea where this change is going to lead but it’s an exciting adventure. My new partner and I will be going overseas somewhere at Christmas too; we’ve just not decided where yet. I am toying with the idea of a white Christmas in the Black Forest followed by a fat biking trip to Swedish Lapland (for me) but I also want to go visit a friend in Myanmar, which is my partner’s dream holiday destination so we might end up there instead.

  3. Hi Andrew,

    Did you get my reply to your email to your question: Is flying with a bicycle easy there, that you asked in January?

    I thought you’d answer so maybe not.

    It is such a big question that it is difficult to answer unless you’re more specific. If you take the cheap airlines like Peach you will pay extra for the extra gear. Solaseed is a good airline to take between Kyushu and Tokyo.

    I see you must have arrived by now – today!

    So good luck.

    I might be able to help with advice re accommodation and where to go, if you’re interested let me know your route.

    If you don’t have one and looking for 42 then may I suggest Shikoku 88 Buddhist Temple Pilgrimage, a 1200km, 1200 year route round Shikoku where you can search for the 4 noble truths.. See… http://www.shikokuhenrotrail.com

    If you go to Kyushu there are some neat routes there.

    Hokkaiido is the best place to cycle but it is too cold this time of year. I wouldn’t go cycling in the Japan Alps, some passes are over 2000m and covered in snow.

    I arrive on 19th May for my Big Japan Bike Ride No:4. Maybe we can meet and travel somewhere.

    I intend to do Shikoku 88 Buddhist Temple Pilgrimage,first.

    cheers,

    Nigel

    • Hi Nigel. No your email didn’t arrive or if it did I missed it between a backlog of spam filter mailbthat built up while I had no wifi.

      Thank you for the tips. Hmmm … thr promise of snow. Maybe I will just ride a little way to the edge of the snow to touch it and then ride back. Haha. It’s an Australian thing to be fascinated by thw white stuff because we only get a little bit of it in a small part of our country and I am rare because I have actually seen it three or four times (many Aussies die never seeing real snow).

      Wow. Shikoku sounds amazing. I think one day I will walk it.

      I arrive in Osaka at 11pm tomorrow because the airline canceled my flight to Nagoya and re routed me to what I have read is the worst airport for a cyclist to arrive in. I leave on 12 May from Tokyo so will miss you in Japan. I will look up Shikoku and Kyushu.

      I have no fixed plans. I will see where the wheels and winds take me. There’s another blogger I’ve followed for a few years cycle touring Tokyo to Osaka right now so i hope to catch up with her and her friends for a drink. They are 300km north of Osaka.

      I’m excited about Japan. I’ve been off my bike since I cycled from Seoul to Busan in September-October last year so will be taking things slowly.

  4. Yay to you! Thanks for sharing your travel experiences – they are very motivating and make me want to leave my desk at work right away to go out and explore more destinations! I’m also very interested in your bike travels since I bike a lot in the city but haven’t really done any travels with it….yet! 🙂

    • Thanks for the kind words. I am happy to inspire 🙂 . I used to read blogs as inspiration too when I was sitting at a desk at work. So it is kind of fascinating that I am inspiring someone who is doing the same as I used to do. I do a mix of cycle, motorbike, backpack and hiking travel. I get bored easily so need to change things up all the time 😉

      • I know what you mean and congratulations again! I think sometimes a destination can seem a bit intimidating or maybe even too abstract and when reading other people’s experiences and seeing that it is “doable” and not just a crazy thought in your head, that is so helpful and inspiring. So thanks again! 🙂

  5. Love your travel blog! If I could have a job to take with me, I would love to do the same! I was born in Taiwan and my family moved to Brisbane when I was 11 years old. I just want to let you know that not many people think of Taiwan as a travel destination but it is truly a friendly and beautiful country boasted with beautiful mountains. A bike ride on the Eastern region would be awesome! I hope you would have Taiwan on your agenda one day!

    • Taiwan is high on my list of places to visit. It was originally on my plans for after Korea but then I ended up in Indonesia. Haha. But I will definitely go there. I have heard it is good for learning scuba and also learning surfing.

  6. Hi Andrew, so recognizable. We ‘met’ through our blogs and while reading this I am again back in the Netherlands. The reason is my mom, as you know. It IS important; family. Only there you can be who you are. And a partner for life? I have found him too! If he’s the right one, and that goes clearly for you too, you want to be with him. Spend the rest of your life with him.

    Where will you be in the Netherlands? Oh… you have written that I think…

    Anyway, enjoy life and I agree for years already: less possessions and responsibilities is more free.

    Cindy

    • My dates for Holland are on my What’s Booked Next page. If you would like to have coffee let me know. 🙂 . I will be there for about 14 days spread across two months. I hope your mum is doing well.

    • Oh I see that they are not on there properly. I am going to be in:
      – Amsterdam (27-30 Dec)
      – Coevorden (30 Dec – 1 Jan)
      – Hilvarenbeek (1-5 Jan leaving early on 5 Jan)
      – Delft (20-24 Jan leaving early on 24 Jan)
      – Hilvarenbeek (20-24 Feb leaving middle of the day 24 Feb)

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