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The kicker is I really want to bike back. I understand that to most people this concept is either beyond them or they think I'm a nutter. Yes, this is a long and some what crazy sounding task. It will test my resolve and may hurt the bank, but I've been tossing some quick figures together and well here they are. I have not estimated what it would cost other than when I looked at a plane ticket for multiple locations it would be under $3000, which didn't include my existing flight that needs to be changed.
New Zealand: Tauranga to Invercargill to see New Zealand at a slower pace: approximately 2400 km.
Australia: Sydney to Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef and eat a roo: approximately 2800 km.
Japan: Nagasaki to Aomori to sample as many different varieties of ramen as I can: approximately 1800 km.
US: San Francisco to Minneapolis to get back home: approximately 2000 miles.
So Grand Total: ~10,000km at first glance at Google Maps
I figure about a month or just over for each leg other than the domestic one where it will take as long as it needs to take. I wouldn't be getting back until it was Summer time in the US. I know that it would be a long time away from Beth. About 10 months, but I'm sure we can handle it. I just hope my bike and bum can handle the daily riding as I have never done anything like this before. Sure, I have done a few multi-day trips back home, but never sustained riding. The plan would be to do 100+ km a day with a rest day here and there. On riding days I would bike about an hour then get off the bike for 5-10 minutes of stretching before resuming. Then breaking at mid-day for some off the bike fun. The days would be longer as it would be summer in the Southern Hemisphere, I could bike for a longer time in the sun and not do any night riding. I would also try to camp as much as possible to keep the trip as cost effective as possible and allowing my budget to go to my already bottomless pit of a stomach. I'm busy typing up a list of gear and planning what I think I would need. I've already talked to Gabe, our friend/bike mechanic/beer brewer/tenant/dessert eater, about getting my Surly Cross Check up to the task. Its time to make a decision as my ticket already needs to be changed ASAP.