Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 10:04
Utrecht man to cycle around the world
Utrecht resident Rick Creemers is starting a bicycle tour around the world on September 1st. His journey start under the Dom tower, will cover some 55 thousand kilometers spread over 53 countries and will take him two years to complete. "At age seven I was in Australia with my mother in sister. In a large station wagon we traveled through the Outback. There, in the middle of nowhere we suddenly came across two cyclists, with a Dutch flag! I'll never forget it. Since then it has been a dream to do the same. It's the part I'm most looking forward to." The 22 year old Utrecht man said to Dutch newspaper AD. Adventuring and cycling in his genes. His parents loved traveling when they were young and his grandfather was an avid cyclist. "In 2013 I already cycled one of his routes, according to his diary. Towards Rome. He did so in 16 days. I thought, I can do it too, with the modern bikes we have now." It took him 18 days. "Bu the I knew for sure: this is me." The final arrangements for his journey was made five months ago. He bought the supplies for his world tour - an ultramodern bicycle, a tent and other supplies - with money he has been saving up since he was six years old. Creemers will cycle east through the Alps and Slovenia. Then through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to China. He will cross another border in Nepal, through the Himalayas. Then he will go through Indonesia to Australia and then by plane to Alaska. Then to the southernmost tip of South America via the west coast. And then to Africa, where he will travel back up via the east coast. He will finally return to the Netherlands through Turkey, Greece and Italy. If all goes according to plan, he will be back under the Domtoren on September 1st, 2017. Rick Creemers' world tour can be followed from here.