Travelling is not only for the rich people. And the world is more hospitable than people say.
Cycling around the world in search of authenticity, exploring interesting lands, meeting colorful people, getting into exciting adventures, continuously testing endurance to the limit (and not just physical), and singing, singing, singing… All part of our project “Two-wheeled Chronicles”.
Even if you are not a traveler and you have never slept in a tent but at least you dream about it; even if you are not an artist, but world cultures touch something in your heart, we are happy to see you here. This web site is for you!
Best moments from around-the-world cycling trip.
Part 1: From Ukraine to Australia, 2014-2016
Thailand. Brilliance and poverty of Bangkok (№60)
Bangkok is grand, tremendous, bustling, poor, glamorous, uproarious, beautiful, vain, repulsive, amazing… really versatile… That’s how we saw it.
Thailand. Bathhouse, train and Thai traffic jams (№59)
Buddhist monasteries may be the best place to spend a night for a traveler in Thailand. They are not only a good place to sleep, but also to… wash yourself. Local night train is one of the most impressive means of transportation.
Thailand. 9 days on Samui or What’s special about this mecca for tourists (№58)
Another sunny island on our way. Our bicycles were having rest while we were exploring the island on a motorbike. We saw wonderful beaches, authentic villages, fantastic sunset and even more…
Thailand. Trained monkeys and the first tooth in a coconut paradise (№57)
The cycling family continues travelling in south Thailand. Markets, coconuts, monkeys, mountains, sea… Meanwhile the boy has got his first tooth!
Thailand. Bulone island: between civilization and paradise (№56)
We spent several wonderful days on a tiny island in the Andaman Sea. It was one of the best places we’ve visited so far. Here we found the beautiful and primeval nature, calmness and coziness. There aren’t a lot of people on it. You can walk around the island several times during one day and discover something new each time. You won’t find roads with cars. Motorbikes are the only transport here. Our bicycles were resting and we walking around, swimming, enjoying calmness and learning about life of local people.
Thailand. Papa, mama & a baby on the way to a new country (№55)
We first crossed the border in this part of the round-the-world trip! The first kilometers in Thailand appeared saturated: overnight at school, breakfast in the village store, a meeting with a cyclists traveler. And then – a magical island!
How to shower and do laundry during a cycling expedition
“How and where do you shower during the trip?” is probably the most commonly asked question from those who are thinking about taking a long-distance trip. It comes as no surprise, since nowadays people are used to comfort and are not too keen on going without a hot shower for long. Volodya and I hardly ever stay in hotels or hostels, so here we will only be talking about showering in the wild. To be honest, things happen during a trip. Sometimes you have to go unwashed and covered in dust and dirt for 2-3 days. It depends on where you are travelling. That being said, it’s difficult to imagine these things until you’ve experienced them yourself. And it’s much more painless than you might think. Usually it’s not difficult to get to shower every day. How do we do that? It couldn’t be simpler. Usually before stopping for the night, in a village or a town with a well and a sewage system we ask people to get us 3-5 l of water per person. You can use simple plastic bottles for that or a plastic canister, and for the most progressive people there are special shower systems sold […]
Duties and responsibilities in “Two-wheeled Chronicles” cycling expedition team – who does what?
Volodya, as our journey initiator and a team leader, had taken responsibility for planning the expedition route, setting timelines, choosing and buying necessary travel gear long before the journey started. Volodya takes care of absolutely all equipment which we carry with us: bicycles, photo-video-audio equipment, electrical appliances and musical instruments. If anything brakes, he repairs it on his own or finds the way to deal with issues. Volodya is a navigator, which means that he follows the map, GPS and compass, so that we don’t get lost. He is also a cameraman. All videos from the journey which you can watch on “Two-wheeled Chrocles” Youtube channel were shot and edited by Volodya. I shot only several episodes. I, being a woman, am responsible for our nutrition. Although Volodya helps me with coking on the road and does the washing up more often, I am the one who buys all necessary products and makes sure we don’t run out of food, especially when covering long distances in deserted locations. I also take care of our budget. Volodya always provides us with water. I am also responsible for the first aid kit, keep it filled with all necessary medicine. If any clothes […]
Our first aid kit
It goes without saying that when you set for a long journey, be it cycling, hitch hiking, or any other kind of travelling, you should have a basic first aid kit. We would like to share with you our approach to compiling a medical kit, taking into account that cycling can become extreme at times and one has to be ready for an unexpected emergency. We took the following medicine in our journey: Activated charcoal tablets for food poisoning. We used it only once or twice in India and Nepal. These are the countries where nearly every traveler normally has problems with stomach. Analgin tablets – in case of a headache, toothache or any other pain of that type, but we haven’t taken it during this journey so far. Hydrogen peroxide – an important antiseptic in case of any superficial wounds. We applied it several times for minor scratches and cuts. Fortunately, there we haven’t had any serious wounds. Sterile dressing materials: roller bandages, cotton, elastic and adhesive bandages, knee and elbow supports, out of which we used a lot of bandages and plasters when Volodia had an abscess. We mentioned this case in our blog. We also have iodine, […]
What musical instruments and equipment do we have?
We took two small drums in our round-the-world journey. To be more precise, one of them is a metal Turkish darbuka, which we have had from the beginning of our journey, another one – a traditional wooden Nepalese drum – we bought in Katmandu, where they are widespread and can be found at any music store. These drums are rather light and small, and can be easily packed into one bag on the luggage rack together with a tent and other belongings. Performance in Indonesia Another musical instrument we carry is a hurdy-gurdy made by a Carpathian craftsman Mykhailo Tafiychuk. It has been accompanying us in all six Two-wheeled Chronicles expeditions. We could even say that it initiated our performance as Folknery music band back in 2010. It stands to reason that this instrument is incredibly precious to us, though it is not in a perfect condition due to continuous transportation, exposure to excessive humidity and other impacts. Because of its striking appearance and amazing sound, our hurdy-gurdy always draws genuine interest from the audience while we are performing. Our hurdy-gurdy and darbuka We also have a ukulele, a small and light instrument which looks like a guitar and originally […]
What kind of photo, video and audio equipment do we take in our journey?
Apparently, it is difficult to find a person nowadays who doesn’t take a photo or video camera when they set off for a journey, even if it is a short trip. You can imagine how many items we need in a long and distant journey round the world to shoot our documentary and clips, take pictures of everything we see on our way and record music. To do everything mentioned above, a lot of equipment is certainly required. So, what exactly do we have? In Thailand Photo and video We have two cameras: Canon 100D with which we normally take photos and Canon 70D which we use to shoot video. These cameras were provided to us by Canon Ukraine, and we are really grateful for that. We use four lenses: two zooms, one wide-angle and one kit 18-55 mm. We love these cameras, because we can adjust both of them to our needs. Canon 100D is the lightest reflex camera in the world, it is perfectly suitable for cyclists who would like to get high quality photos. Canon 70D, being a bit heavier, suits best for shooting top quality videos. We use Rode SVM stereo condenser microphone with this camera. […]
Cyclist’s kitchen in field conditions
We normally cook for ourselves while in journey. We use a backpacking stove which is very popular with travelers. It is lightweight and easy to use. To cook lunch on a backpacking stove you do not need an armful of firewood. Unlike a typical fire, some small twigs are enough for it. You don’t need to buy fuel for the stove, which brings it significant advantage over canister or liquid fuel stoves. In addition to this stove, we have Primus OmniFuel which can use both gas and petrol as fuel. This is a very good stove, but we use it only in extreme conditions (during heavy rain or when there is no kind of wood around). We keep at least 100 g of petrol for such occasions. Our cookware consists of a 3 l pot in which we cook everything. It is a bit cracked and rather smoked. Our pot likes smoke so much that wouldn’t let it be cleaned off. We have two metal spoons (we also use them as tools while changing tires in case of punctures), two light metal bowls, two metal mugs, one knife and one 0.5 l thermos. This is a full list of our […]