What do you do, for instance, when you can't get a visa to pedal through Pakistan?
Why go fast when you can go slow?
Last year, Luke Parry biked 1,300 miles from London to Morocco over the course of two weeks, at one point covering 126 miles in a single day. But according to Parry, who has also cycled to Istanbul and through Scandinavia, speeding through country after country stopped him from fully interacting with each new surrounding. That’s why the vehicle of choice for his upcoming journey around the world is a pedicab, or cycled rickshaw, or what he calls the World Rickshaw Taxi. Parry plans to depart this September from his home in the U.K., beginning a 16,000-mile, one-and-a-half-year ride and picking up as many passengers as possible along the way.
Parry has had to alter the route several times so far due to political and climate conditions. “I could have easily gone through Russia earlier in the summer, but because I’m leaving in September, it’s just not possible,” Parry says.
Parry is also testing out a tracking system to record each ride and give passengers something to remember.
Two weeks ago, the project almost seemed like a no-go. The sponsor that was going to provide the most critical component-- the rickshaw -- backed out. Absorbing the cost with personal funds, Parry traveled 30 miles each way last week to check out a second-hand rickshaw. He came back with good news: this five-year-old “Cycles Maximus Pedicab Rickshaw” will become the World Rickshaw Taxi:
For the young adventurer, all that’s left to do before the September departure is paint the rickshaw black and yellow, endure a few more vaccinations, and figure out ways to maximize his trip. Ideas so far? Publicizing any data collected along the way and documenting the entire process on video.