Do you remember Patrick Martin Schröder? In an earlier blog entry we already told you about him. Since 2007 he has travelled around the world alias “the world bicyclist” and set himself the goal to visit every country in the world. He mainly drives by bicycle, but also loves travelling with other vehicle, for example by bus or by foot.
Meanwhile he is on the road, but nevertheless has taken the time to introduce himself for you:
‘Hello everybody, I’m Patrick and I like cycling. This is why I have traveled a lot over the last few years, cycling through 140 countries, from the Panamerican Highway, Cairo to Cape Town in Africa, or the Silk Route through Central Asia to China. I’m trying to travel to every country in the world, whereby there are only a few countries in Africa, a handful in Asia, and island states in the Pacific are left.
On my research on Ghana, I stumbled across a local project producing bicycles, addicently supported by a company from Kiel: my Boo. Since I wanted to go to Ghana for my next tour, and my Boo was selling bikes from Ghana in Germany, I wanted to use the fortunate coincidence and wrote the gentlemen.
About the route:
Start and destination of the trip is Ghana. As the only English-speaking country of the tour, as well as the birthplace of the bamboo wheel, it’s quite a good base. It’s planned to travel through the surrounding countries, from voodoo battlefields in Togo and Benin to the Nigerian desert, Burkina Faso, the ancient caravans in Mali and the modern cities of the Ivory Coast. Overall, the trip covers 5000 km and leads through seven countries. Actually, eight were planned, but the security situation in Nigeria, as well as the issue of getting a visa, intervened. So I have to postpone a visit to Lagos on a later trip.’
Unfortunately, his planned departure on 14th of January was delayed, because his passport, including all visas, got lost. However, since 20th of February he is on the road now and already passed Ghana, Togo and Benin and has now made it to Niger. Next he plans to cross Burkina Faso, Mali and the Ivory Coast. On such a trip, of course, the equipment is of great importance. In the last blog entry we already told you about how his bike is equipped, but today we want to give you a small overview about the equipment you need for a tour like this. Patrick takes the following things along:
In addition there is a charger and two surrogate batteries for the Relo drive. All together, the equipment weights about 10 kg, plus water and food. All in all, including the bicycle, it’s about 30 kg. But even though, the bike is nice to ride and easy to shoulder for example to overcome stairs, slopes or stretches with deep sand, as Patrick told us.
For additional information, feel free to visit his website, Facebook page or Twitter account. He shares his impressions by uploading beautiful pics and posts regularly. Patrick also gave a nice interview to Relo, the company which build the electrical powertrain for his bike. You can read it here.
We keep wishing you an unforgettable trip, Patrick! :-)