To St Petersburg With Love

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic
To St Petersburg With Love is the story of my attempt to cycle 3,000 miles in 40 days through 11 European countries in the summer of 2012. The aim was that of a cycling purist: to cycle on all land between Southend and St Petersburg, and back. The trouble was with just weeks to go, I learned of someone who took 2 months to cycle one way from St Petersburg to London. Had I bitten off more than I could chew?
With my friend Craig, an impossibly tight schedule, visa and ship deadlines, bear fears, mishaps and good fortunes, we set off on a life changing adventure to see most of Northern Europe. This is the story of triumphs and tribulations, challenges and compromises, of battling against all the odds and learning to let go off the rules to live the dream.
What began as a simple cycle to St Petersburg became a curious road trip to bring a consignment of custard to Anna, our Couch Surfing host, in Kaliningrad. All to learn a lesson that dreaming big is no use, if you don’t live big.

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To St Petersburg With Love

Submitted: June 17, 2013

To St Petersburg With Love is the story of my attempt to cycle 3,000 miles in 40 days through 11 European countries in the summer of 2012. The aim was that of a cycling purist: to cycle on all land between Southend and St Petersburg, and back. The trouble was with just weeks to go, I learned of someone who took 2 months to cycle one way from St Petersburg to London. Had I bitten off more than I could chew?
With my friend Craig, an impossibly tight schedule, visa and ship deadlines, bear fears, mishaps and good fortunes, we set off on a life changing adventure to see most of Northern Europe. This is the story of triumphs and tribulations, challenges and compromises, of battling against all the odds and learning to let go off the rules to live the dream.
What began as a simple cycle to St Petersburg became a curious road trip to bring a consignment of custard to Anna, our Couch Surfing host, in Kaliningrad. All to learn a lesson that dreaming big is no use, if you don’t live big.
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