As you have made it here, I assume you have bought a copy of my first book detailing my attempt to cycle around the world: At the Whim of the Open Road. If so, thank you!
Alternatively, if you have illegally downloaded a copy of the e-book, then shame on you! Nah, just kidding, money is tight these days and I’m just happy someone is reading it, so I hope you enjoy it as well!
Due to the high printing costs of photos (and Amazon even charging per megabyte for delivery of ebooks), I have decided to instead direct you to this series of online galleries.
Below are fifty of my favourite photos which show off some of the incredible scenes I was fortunate enough to witness during my wild journey from Limerick to Sydney.
Fifty photos is probably more than enough, however if you want a more detailed glimpse into my daily life on the road, feel free to click on the
“Photos by Chapter” link below. This will bring you to a series of more detailed albums, split into the 19 chapters of my book. If you want to view photos of my journey while reading the book, this would be the best option.
All galleries are available both on this website and on Flickr, so you can pick whichever version you find easier to navigate. If using this website, clicking on any photo will open a gallery where you can navigate through each album by using left/right arrows.
Links to each gallery are below. I hope you enjoy!
Fifty Photos of my Journey from Limerick to Sydney ( Flickr Gallery Version)
A large, impending storm closing in around me as I race across the countryside of northern France
Carefully traversing snow-covered tracks east of Jena, Germany
A snapshot of the icy conditions and heavy traffic I faced during my winter days in Poland
Our view of the historical Lviv skyline from our perch on the ridge of the sloping roof
The sun shining on the snow-draped fields of south-western Ukraine
Waking up to the incredible sight of my tent and bicycle draped in snow in rural Moldova
Sunrise over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
The beautiful snow-patched wilderness as I progressed into Eastern Turkey with Rob and Josh
Rob admiring the scenery near the summit of a 2,190-metre pass in Eastern Turkey
Enjoying a beautiful sunset over the Caspian Sea at Babolsar Beach in Iran
One of the many kind Iranian families who invited me into their homes for lunch
The stunning facade of Mir-i-Arab Madrassah in the ancient Silk Road city of Bukhara in Uzbekistan
The old road from Dushanbe to Kalai-kumb in Tajikistan, now a forgotten dirt track
A Tajik shepherd posing for a photo with his massive flock of sheep behind
Following the old Soviet road along the Panj River, with the green mountains of Afghanistan on the far side
The height of the cliffs plunging both the road of Tajikistan and the track of Afghanistan into shadow
The mighty peaks of Afghanistan on the opposite side of the Wakhan Valley
Kim and Mark descending the last, rough section of the Khargush Pass before joining the smooth tarmac of the Pamir Highway
Kim photographing a herd of yaks grazing outside a remote chaihana along the Pamir Highway
Kim with the Pamir Highway stretching away into the distance
My three companions pedalling across the vastness of the Pamir Plateau
Matthew drinking some hot tea in the family home near the summit of the Ak-Baital Pass while we waited for the storm to pass
Mark and Matthew fighting up the first pass out of Karakul with a dust devil and some ominous clouds in the background
This young kid challenged us to a race down the hill upon entering Kyrgyzstan. He won easily.
One last look back at the glorious Pamir Mountains from the Kyrgyz side
The Milky Way visible behind Kim’s tent. Starry nights like this had been the norm ever since entering Central Asia
A parting shot of the wonderful Altai landscape as I close in on the last Russian village of Kosh-Agach
Chasing my shadow eastwards across the plains of Western Mongolia towards the village of Tsagaannuur
The view back down the valley from my first wild camp in China with the Milky Way hanging overhead
The icy shores of Sayram Lake in Xinjiang, Western China
Pedalling through ice and snow on my way up an unforgiving 2,250-metre pass in Central China
The golden temple of Meishan situated in Sichuan province, Central China
The stunning jungle and karst peaks of Laos which made for such joyful cycling after a tough ride across China
The picture perfect scene I had been dreaming of all across China finally coming to fruition on Koh Rong Sanloem. Absolute bliss.
The huge, golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar
The sun and hot air balloons rising above the temples and the mist of Bagan, Myanmar
The beaches of Tonsai and Railay near Krabi, Thailand
Trying out the newest look in cycling fashion during the intense monsoon rains of Malaysia
A very happy and surprised man to have somehow made it all the way to Singapore!
Clément stopping to photograph yet another section of the idyllic tropical coastline of Sulawesi
A striking sunset to end one of our many wonderful days in Sulawesi
The ever cheerful kids of Sulawesi
The alignment of the sun timed itself perfectly to provide us with this lovely group shot of Matthew, me and Clément
The multi-coloured Kelimutu crater lakes, high in the mountains of Flores island, Indonesia
Cruising alone along the dirt of Australia’s Oodnadatta Track with 160 kilometres still to go before the next settlement
Chasing my shadow eastwards, further into the wilderness as the sun begins to set over the Outback
Jess and Elana taking in the exceptional view over Melbourne, Australia
Taking in the gorgeous coastal views at the Great Ocean Road’s “12 Apostles” near Melbourne, Australia
Me and Elana with the postcard-perfect Great Ocean Road in the background
A final shot of me and Elana with Sydney Harbour in the background. It was the most difficult of choices to leave this relationship behind, but the long open roads of South America and Africa were calling.
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