Dublin - Fly to London (sister) - Fly to Kathmandu - Fly to Lhasa (Tibet) - Bike Himalaya (highest road pass in world 5220ms) back to Kathmandu - Bike to Delhi (via Conservation Parks & Lumbini) - Fly to Melbourne - Bike to Sydney - Fly to NZ - Bike South Island - Fly to Sydney - Fly to Buenos Aires - Bus to Santiago - Bike Andes to Quito (through Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador) - Fly to Rio - Fly to Europe (finish RTW ticket) - Fly to Vancouver - Bike Rockies to Denver (through British Colombia, Alberta, Montana, Wyoming)
I see the trip as me being half mountain man and half civilised city boy. I will get to climb some of the world's highest mountain ranges being the Himalaya, Andes, Rockies and South Island. In addition I get to roll out of the wilderness and into some really cool metropolises.
First Lesson: Life doesn't always go to plan
There is one slight problem; the trip I originally thought about doing would take a year but I only have six-months leave. Work were very gracious to grant me the maximum length of sabbatical so I can't complain. Six months should get me to La Paz I reckon .... assuming I don't throw my bike in frustration into a canyon to make life a whole lot easier for myself.
The visa situation in Tibet is temperamental. In addition, despite two false starts there are not many people who want to cycle across the Himalaya (is this really a surprise to me?). I have to be with a tour to be allowed into Tibet and as the Lhasa - Kathmandu tour is not looking like a runner I will have to fly into KTM and work out alternatives.
I have booked to come home via Rio. I do not know whether I will ever be able to justify leaving to myself, so if you don't see me again you know where to find me!