We arrived in Palestine at the end of June 2010 after an epic bicycle journey from the U.K. Neither of us is a particularly avid cyclist, so it may seem odd that we chose to embark on an approximately 4,000km bike ride. However, the reasons behind our decision to cycle seemed to make sense – at least to us!
Firstly, as a form of transport cycling has an extremely low environmental impact and although the journey took significantly longer by bike than by a powered means of transport, we had the opportunity to get to know and enjoy a great many locations on the way. Secondly, we were asking for sponsorship to be able to start working on projects immediately on arrival in Palestine; we believe that the decision to cycle for three months demonstrated our level of commitment to potential sponsors. In addition we were able to raise the profile of the project, and raise awareness of the situation in Palestine by virtue of meeting and talking to many people along the way.
We set off from Skipton on the 22nd of March 2010 (World Water Day), and followed a scenic but relatively direct route through Europe and the Middle East. We arrived at Bustan Quaraaqa on the 24th June 2010, having passed through Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Palestine.
Below is a map of our route; we tried to update it with our position as often as possible on the way!
View where we were in a larger map.