About Me

Me in Amsterdam

My name is Jonathan (or JKB).

I’m half English, half Danish. Born and raised in London.

I started cycling when I was 22. I am now 25.

I have no prior experience of cycle touring. Like, literally nothing. I’d never pedaled further than about 10km before leaving home. The first day of this tour was the first time I’d ever tried to ride my bike with all the bags on.

I still know nothing about bicycles or camping and I’m pretty useless at reading maps.

But that’s what makes it fun! Everyday is a learning curve, and here I share some thoughts as I discover both the world and a new lifestyle ‘in the saddle’.

Some people plan a trip like this for years, but I’m pretty much just making it up as I go. I got bored of work and wanted to go on adventure. I found one pretty easily…

Where and when will I finish cycling? No idea – but hopefully not for a good while!



11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Great meeting you today Jonathan helping you climb a fence in Moraga CA to keep you heading west. Try and catch Yosemite if you can. Descent into valley is a ride for the ages. Look forward to following your progress. Kirk


  2. Jonathan. Great to meet you and Lea today on the KATY trail. You will remember I was with my two grandsons. Reading your goal and direction is incredible. Go for it. If you are in the St. Louis area, don’t miss Cahokia Mounds. Amazing place and great history. Travel safe. Dan Esarey.


  3. Great to meet you just before you finished and it was a pleasure to have you stay your final night ‘on the road’ with us. Best wishes for the next incredible leg of your life journey and keep in touch. Martin


  4. An awesome adventure. Well done I’m very envious. Tell me, did you use your British passport to enter Iran or perhaps you had a Dutch one? I’m told there are some possible obstacles to using a UK one.


    1. Thanks mate.
      Used my Danish one I’m afraid! Unless things have changed since I was in Iran it is impossible to enter on a British passport and move around freely…


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