2018: the Silk road
For 2018 my goal is to cycle the silk road from my home in Belgium to the former capital of China: Xi’an (visa permitting). After Xi’an I hope to continue to South-Korea and Japan, if weather and time are favorable. Below you can find an overview of my expected itinerary, as well as the route that I have completed so far. I left home on February 14th.
Autumn 2017: Santiago, Atlantic coast and Morocco
Starting on October 11th from Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium I am traveling south along the Way of St. James (NL: Sint-Jacobs route) towards Santiago de Compostela. Traveling in this season should bring lovely autumn colors. As the temperature drops in continental Europe, I intend to travel further South on the Iberian peninsula in search of warmer weather.
Gent – Santiago De Compostela
The Camino de Santiago encompasses a number of different routes, indeed Wikipedia lists dozens of routes that lead pilgrims from all over Europe to the the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. For cycling from the Netherlands and Belgium there is a popular route developed by Clemens Sweerman that tracks the western hiking route through France from Paris. In Spain it follows the Camino Francés, though the actual roads are off course different.
Santiago De Compostela – Malaga
In Portugal I follow the Adriatic coast along the EuroVelo 1. In Andalucia I cycled from Ayamonte to Sevilla and onwards to Torremolinos and Malaga. In Malaga I took the ferry to Melilla in North Africa.
Melilla – Marrakech
In Morocco I cycled from Nador to Fez, Ifrane, Khenifra, Imchill, Tinghir, Nkob, Agdz, Ouarzazate, Telouet, Tighdouine, Marrakech.
Below I’ve included a map of my autumn 2017 itinerary.