Aitor: “I began my journey on October 13, 2006 in Nepal. After making a 2-month trekking the Himalayas, I started my adventure on my bike and pedaling I crossed Nepal, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Then I decided to go back home on my bicycle and continued to travel across China entering Tibet and by the Himalayas I returned to my favorite country: Nepal. I parked the bike a couple of months and loaded with the necessities and nothing more, I was walking for another 2 ½ months of this mythical mountains area. After “recharging batteries”, I began to pedal again ready to ride the 12,000 km that separated me from home but, before leaving Nepal, Life had saved a surprise for me: Laura.
It wasn´t only a love story but the desire to know, see, to find the world what we shared, a part of a free spirit, adventurous, rebellious and a lust for life. That’s what made us decide to try to travel together. ”
Laura: “I had a few savings to pay the school where I studied in northern India. I was visiting Nepal for a few weeks before returning to Dharamsala when, I met with Aitor. This meeting make me decided to change plans and join this exciting adventure: to go back home by bike. With some money from the school I bought a bicycle in Kathmandu, that bike wasn´t a good quality one, was similar to the ones wich you can find in the supermarkets in here.
Without any preparation, I tied my backpack to the grill and the trip startes; a journey that would take me as far as never I have imagined.
The original idea was go back home travelling more or less straight, but after a few months when we crossed Pakistan, part of China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, we decided to extend the adventure; the cost was so minimal that we could afford and our thirst to know, discover and explore, not only was not satisfied but was even greater.
Daisuke, another Japanese “cyclo-traveller” that we meet at the legendary city of Samarkand was the one who spoke us of the Arab countries and Africa. In his 11 years cycling around, he had come across those countries and his stories made us shine the eyes and shake the soul. Then we change plans: after Iran we will cross to Dubai then we will keep going to discover Oman and Yemen also.
Once we did it, and when we were aboard a ship crossing the Red Sea and Africa began to appear in front of us, we kept thinking in our next challenge: make round to África. ”
Aitor: “We went riding Djibuti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, reaching the southernmost point of this continent. Here we head north with the intention to reach home but, after crossing Namibia, Angola and the adventure to cross the Congo River in small boats as illegal; in the first kilometers of Cabinda, Laura suffered an accident with the bicycle. She wasn´t able to move for almost a month and sawing that not only not recovered but the body was going back, she was strong and decided to return to Spain where the doctors found a couple of fractures that were causing so much pain.
I continued alone again, as I began, going north. On my ascent, I entered in Congo and one of the most impressive forests on the planet. Through it I came to Cameroon, there an infection that was getting stronger was so serious that made me finally stop. After visiting doctors and realice that they could´nt remedy it, I had made the difficult decision to get on a plane and go home.
So it was that suddenly we are both here, literally “fallen from heaven.” Now the two of us are finally recovered, and walk bundled with preparations to begin shortly on a new adventure in which we will ship out this time from home heading East.”