About Us

We are Andy and Clare Evans. We’re from the UK and since 2010 have been working as English teachers in Hokkaido, Japan. In August 2015 our contracts and work visas are expiring, so we’ll be setting off on our bicycles to cycle the long way home to England.

We love the outdoors, skiing, cycling, camping and hiking, but we’ve never taken on an adventure of this scale. In the past few years we’ve done weekend trips by bike and a few longer tours within Japan but we’ll definitely be learning as we go.

Most of the way we’ll aim to camp where possible, so will be carrying our tent and sleeping gear. We’ve joined the cycling hospitality network Warm Showers so will also try to stay with local hosts. We’ll be cooking for ourselves for much of the time, although trying the local food in the places we pass through is something we’re both excited about.

The idea for this trip came about after reading Peter Gostelow’s amazing account of his ride from Japan to the UK after finishing work as an English teacher. Through Warm Showers, we’ve met and hosted a number of long distance touring cyclists like Jeremy Scott, Eric and Amaya, and Mark and Katya Lodge. All have been inspiring, and while they stayed, we grilled them for information and advice on routes, equipment, visas and everything that goes into a long distance bicycle tour.

We’ll try and keep this blog updated as much as we can along the way with photos and maybe some kind of video blog. Availability of internet, electricity, interesting content and motivation will no doubt vary as we go, but please follow the blog and keep in touch through the comments section!

Andy and Clare

We also have a blog about skiing in Hokkaido, so if that’s your thing, check out Ezopow.

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10 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Finally, your travel is about to start from tomorrow. Have a great trip!! I wish the best on your journey!! Ganbattene! Andy-san, Clare-san! \(^_^)/

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  2. small coincidences: I was in Shikotsuko last week,ignoring all the people who said “you can’t swim from Marukoma’s rotenburo!” Took the ferry from Sendai to Tomakomai….yup, lots of people on holiday. After the lakes went on to Annupuri ‘cos I love Yugokorotei’s rotenburo. Sapporo for a friend’s memorial service which coincided with suskino’s summer yosakoi festival.
    I hope you can cycle through Iran…..I learned to ski in Tabriz…then graduated to the big slopes of Dizin,
    Shemshak??near Teheran…..before the revo.
    Thanks for all your wonderful reports on Snowheads….travel safely,
    Michael

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    • Cheers Michael! Hope you’re enjoying Hokkaido. Shikotsuko is a pretty damn great spot for a swim!

      Must’ve been a real interesting time in Iran, and what a place to learn to ski. I do hope we can get in to cycle through!

      Thanks very much for reading!

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  3. Hey! We met in the Hotel Pamir (in Murghab). Hope all has gone great since and that you are enjoying the trip.

    It happens that I will be in Hokkaido January, skiing with a friend. Wonder if you could recommend any place other than Niseko or Rusutsu? We only have two weeks, so looking for a safe (snow/weather option), preferably with some website/e-mail for booking it all…

    You can drop me a line: krisonthemove gmail .

    Cheers,
    Kris

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  4. Hi Andy and Clare !
    I just saw you registered to our newsletter but couldn’t find any email adress to contact you.
    We just spent some times on your blog because we’re gonna follow the same way until Vientiane !
    We’re in Xichang today and hope to be in Luang Prabang in 3 weeks.

    Have a safe trip and if you want to know what we loved in Turkey, just ask.
    Fred

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    • Hi Fred!

      Nice to hear from you! Hope you’re enjoying Sichuan!! I hope our blog is useful to you in finding a route, we certainly enjoyed the areas we went through. Nice to see that you met Sarah and Scott in Chengdu. We had a great time staying with the cycling crew there!

      If you want any more info on that area, then you can get in touch – andy360 at hotmail If we think of anything to ask about Turkey, we’ll drop you a line. I’ll have a look back on your blog too.

      Good luck and enjoy the ride!

      Andy & Clare

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  5. Andy! Hi mate, long time no speak! This journey is INCREDIBLE! Only just found your blog so got some reading to do to catch up but looks like you guys really are having the trip of a lifetime. Enjoy the final part through Europe and I reckon you guys have earned a beer or 3 if you’re up in the Midlands when you’re back 🙂

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