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Places I have been
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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Australia
Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

AZ, Mexico, and Central America
March 2002 to April 2003

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The 5 years before I left


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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

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DownTheRoad.org Bicycle Touring Around the World

The Ongoing Multi-Year Bike Tour and Travel Story -  March 30, 2002 to Present


I am Tim Travis, an ordinary American who decided to live out my dreams.  I saved my money, quit my job, sold my possessions and set off to travel around the world by bicycle.  I left my home in Arizona, USA on March 2002 and have been on the road ever since.  I have no plans to stop.  This web site contains my ongoing travel blog, short videos and photo journal.

Where I am now?
Western States, USA - Traveling in my own country

My latest newsletter

  Tools for Bicycle Touring

Three levels of tools to carry on a bicycle tour:
#1 Day Rider
#2 Intermediate Bike Touring
#3 Advanced Bike Travel


 

Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice 
(see all Equipment Pages)

Touring Bicycles
Panniers
Racks
Saddles
Tires
Lights

Fenders

Tents
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress
Camp Stove
Water Filter
Pots and Pans


1st book: 
The Road That Has No End


How I traded ordinary life for a global bicycle touring adventure.
2nd book:  Down The Road in South America

A bicycle tour through poverty, paradise, and the places in between.
3rd Book: Down The Road in Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

A Bicycle Tour Through War, Genocide and Forgiveness

Printed Soft Cover

MP3 Audio Book
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PDF eBook
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Amazon's KINDLE

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Look at Touring Bicycle Equipment:
Custom Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide and Buying the Best Touring Bicycle or Commuting Bike

Look at Bike Tour Camping Gear: My Highly Evolved Packing List

Hear mp3 Audio: Hear Chapter 1 of the Audio Book! "The Road That Has No End" and find out how the dream became reality  (Purchase full version HERE )

Read Book:  The first chapter of the second book  "Down The Road in South America"

Read Article:  What have I learned?

Read Article:  Dreaming of Endless Bicycle Travel


Places I have visited

North & Central America (3-30-02 to 4-17-03) Arizona, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

South America  (6-3-03 to 6-17-04) Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile.

China & Southeast Asia  (11- 22, 04 to 9-15-06) Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Laos, Thailand again, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Australia (9-15-06 to 9-15-07) The states of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, Victoria again, New South Wales, Queensland, and the Northern Territory.

New Zealand ( 9-16-07 to 5-2-08) North and South Island

Alaska / Canada / USA (5-3-08 to 4-30-10) Visiting family and exploring my own backyard

India, Nepal, and the Subcontinent (5-1-10 to present) I already know I like the food and plan on traveling about 4 years in the area

My Future Plans.  (now to ) My travel plans are always changing but that has never stopped me from thinking ahead.


Index  This website is bigger than most people think.  It has been constructed over several years in hotel rooms and campsites while traveling through dozens of countries.   It has thousands of pages and many hidden areas that only the determined repeat visitor can find.  The bulk of the pages are organized into an index for each continent.  These indexes are a great way to quickly learn the basic structure of the website and find something specific.  Click below to go to each continent's index.

North and Central AmericaSouth America - South East Asia/China
Australia - New Zealand - Alaska / Canada / USA - India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent

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Short Downloadable Videos  Traveling around the world on bicycle since 2002 provides unique opportunities to capture in photography the rich layers of culture that make up the fabric of the societies I visit.  I have shot several hours of video in exotic countries from the seat of our touring bicycles. These movies are turned into short videos and released at regular intervals.  Check out my special website where you can watch these videos today Watch Videos HERE

You can also subscribe to receive these free downloadable videos as they are released by sending a blank email to: http://www.downtheroad.org/EmailSignUp.htm

Thumbnail Picture Gallery  I believe that the best pictures are taken at the most awkward times.  I keep a camera in my handlebar bag, always ready to record that incredible moment.  I have thousands of pictures posted on www.downtheroad.org.  Click to see the complete photo index

Daily Journals:  The journal started on the first day when I (Tim) got a flat tire and has continued ever since.  It describe my surroundings, my general impressions, catalog daily distances ridden and record costs when possible.  Click to see the complete journal index.

TIP  At the top and bottom of the Thumbnail pages and Journals are arrows that will lead to the next section like turning pages in a book.

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RoadNews: Emailed updates sent from the road  What started as regular updates emailed to family and friends has turned into a tradition with  thousands of email subscribers   Sign up HERE to receive email updates sent every four to eight weeks.

Who's idea was it to sell everything and travel around the world on bicycles?  How can you afford it?  I get asked these questions the most.   It might seem impossible that someone could make the decision to go, save up the traveling funds, sell everything, quit a good career and take off on a bicycle.  All of these questions are answered in the first chapter of my book which is available to read free online.  MP3 Audio: Hear Chapter 1 of the Audio Book!

Equipment and Gear Reviews:  Selecting bicycle touring and camping equipment always involves difficult decisions.  I do not claim to know it all but I have learned a few lessons along the road.  Here I try to share my gear experiences in an open minded and scientific way.

Help Me Travel and Continue this Website: I'm always pleasantly surprised when someone writes and asks how they can help me continue travelling.  It may be easier than you think.  A simple link to www.downtheroad.org from your web site actually helps a lot.  Website owners can also add information to their websites about my book and where to buy it.  By far the most popular way to help me stay on the road is by shopping. Buying the book is an excellent way to get to know about my journey while adding to my time out on the road. .  If you find this website enjoyable and valuable there is another popular way to continue it.  Shopping online at one of the participating store links provides me with a small commission with no extra cost to you.  Read the full details of all the ways to support this website HERE.

Buy the book here.

Online shopping at outdoor, camping and bicycling stores.

My hand-picked selection of books and travel guides.

Touring Bicycles and Bike Panniers

More information on how you can help me continue this website and travels.

Contacting Me:  Contacting me is easy with email.  I try to send/receive email at least once every two weeks.  If you write, it may be 2 - 4  weeks before I am able to send a reply.  I try to reply to every reasonable email.

      
     
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See complete details of my future plans HERE!

 


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