When I finally stumbled across Braking Boundaries, my immediate reaction was, “Wow, how could I have missed this gem of a website?”

New Zealander Jared Mitchell has put together a bike touring blog that is not only informative and entertaining, but also visually appealing and pleasingly well-organized.

Originally created to tell the tale of four cyclists as they adventured across Eurasia, Jared has since expanded the blog to cover everything from converting Google Maps to GPS files, tips on gear packing for short tours and helpful instructions on how to get your bike on a plane.

The original tour came to a close in October 2009, the group having cycled 14,000 kilometers (8700 miles) over 188 days across 22 countries.  Follow the links below to check out photo highlights:

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Braking Boundaries is full of fun, creative and original blog entries.  One post I particularly like is a photo essay called 10 Tips for Cycling Turkey.  Here Jared muses about what inspired the entry:

I was reading a post last night called “10 things We’ll Miss” by ABikeJouney (http://www.abikejourney.com) which is the website of Guy and Freddie journaling their experiences as they traveled 18,000km from London to Point Lonsdale, Australia, finishing just a few days ago.

Reading the post made me miss the open road even more.

I always check out other cycle tourists routes to see if there were similar areas we cycled, and there it was Turkey!

They had written a great post called “10 Tips for Cycling Turkey“. I thought I would take their tips for Turkey and accompany each one with a picture and caption from our trip through Turkey in 2009, showing how relevant they are.

Don’t miss the Braking Boundaries Videos.  They’re a great way to get a feel for what bike touring–with its inevitable ups and downs– is all about.

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Finally, if you’re planning on doing any cycle touring in South Korea, this is the site for you.  Jared has put together a plethora of useful resources on cycling the Land of the Morning Calm. In the Korea Chronicles section, you’ll discover information on routes and rides plus tips on camping and lots of inspiring photos.

Jared’s next adventure will be a return to Turkey for more cycling in one of his favorite destinations.

Check out Braking Boundaries and get informed and inspired to set off on your own bike touring adventures.

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3 thoughts on “Braking Boundaries

  • September 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm
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    Thanks for the amazing write up. It’s nice to know that every so often the stuff I write (mainly for myself) is appreciated by others.

    Cheers,
    Jared

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    • September 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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      I’m sure Braking Boundaries is appreciated by many around the world, hope a few more will discover it via Go Bicycle Touring.

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  • September 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm
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    jared mitchell… gem of a cyclist.

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