I'm an adventurer. I've seen most of the world, crossed the Sahara by bicycle, camped in the Siberian winter, climb mountains, wrestled a croc, rode a bike underwater... and traveled the Pan-American highway, silk road and trans-Africa route... Ne...
I'm Patrick. For the last 10 years I've been going places and doing things, mostly by bicycle. It all started with a trip before university (which I should never attend, but I didnt knew that at the time), which kindled some love for the outdoors and adventure in me. I've since never stopped and accumulated a couple of interesting stories over the years.
After I finished school and did my military service, I did a 1-year backpacking trip round the world, then I started cycling, first in Europe, then through Africa to Capetown. I flew to India, walked barefoot for a month; hiked in Nepal to the Mt. Everest.
Then I did a 18 month tour through the Americas, starting in the south and cycling, hitchhiking and boating through every country in North- and South-America. I've seen the Easter Island, boated the Amazon river from Peru to the Brazilian coast, cycled through the jungle, hiked to the lost city in Colombia, before sailing to Panama and continued north till I hit Canada.
I've toured the Route 66, crossed the continental divide and survived even Detroit. :D
After that, I did a few more eccentric tours, like riding a road bike through the Sahara (Twice actually, once Egypt/sudan, once Mauretania/Morocco), or going through Russia in winter, cycling over the frozen lake Baikal. It was -45°c at night, which was a first even for me! I then reached China, had a look at Korea and Japan, climbed Mt.Fuji off season, before cycling the silk road back in summer, with a small detour into the Pamir mountains. With up to 50°c in Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan... damn, that poor bike had a lot to do that year.
This year I visited a couple of island states and other places by folding bike, even up to Darjeeling and Sikkim in the Himalayas; later on I solo-summited Mont Blanc, the highest mountain here in Europe.
In my down-time I love to play MtG, board games and video games. Currently the Gwent Beta... and I mod Dwarf Fortress, an awesome indie game with procedually generated stories. It's a bit hard to get into, but if you dare, have a look.
Now I'm preparing for next years trip. A bamboo bicycle tour through Westafrica. :) I'm working together with the YonsoProject for that tour, a Ghanian non-profit that helps education and developement in Westafrica. Among other things, they build Bamboo bikes, which are sold in Germany by MyBoo. Both MyBoo and Apidura helped me out with the gear for the trip; thanks guys for the bike and bags. :)
A couple of links:
Worldbicyclist.com, my website. Route and equipment info mostly. So far I've been to 141 countries... I really need to update that list. :D
My Facebook, with thousand of pictures, or if you like to follow me.
My Twitter, in case you like tiny updates from on the road.
My Proof: Expertly drawn Snoo, my bike and me.
More than anything else, I love helping people do similar tours and projects. Nothing is more rewarding than getting a message half a year later, telling me "I did this awesome thing, thanks to your help." Its the best. So, hit me with all the questions you got. I'm here to stay till they are all answered. :)
Edit: Thank you /u/somerandomwordss for the private message titled "Fuck you and your shitty nomadic way of life". It's always great getting positive feedback.
Edit: I'm heading out to a theater event nearby, which lasts about 5 hours. Do not worry, I'll be back and answer everything that came up in the mean time. :)
Edit: And I'm back. Lets continue :)
Edit: Its been 12h now.
I'll take a break. I'm back tomorrow, read through the thread and answer the most thoughtful questions, and everything by people that need help with their own trips. Thanks guys!Lets keep going. :D
Edit: Alright, sleep well guys! It was fun :)