Author(s): Tim Mulliner
London, February 2001 Tim Mulliner is fed up with Engllish weather and food, and above all is pining for a good Kiwi pie - 'the kind that melts in the mouth and leaves tiny flakes of pastry stuck to your lips, a small shower of crumbs on your shirt, and a nice warm satisfied feeling in the stomach'. So Tim decides to cycle home...to Christchurch, New Zealand, via 22 countries and some of the world's hairiest roads. This is the story of his epic trip.
Europe's a breeze, and the hard graft kicks in in asia. An arrest in Iran; giardia on the Karakoram Highway; landslides in Pakistan; delirium in China's 'sea of death', the vast Taklamakan desert; attacked by dogs in Tibet; a 1000-km, week-long 'dash' across the blistering Nullarbor Plain in Australia, before finally hitting home over a year later.
A long ride for a pie.
Tim Mulliner - who has been eating pies since he had teeth - grew up in Tauranga and soon caught the travel bug. Since first heading abroad at 18 he has visited over 40 countries in the Americas, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, including extensive cycle tours throughout Europe, New Zealand and Canada. He supported his travelling by working in a variety of diverse occupations from lawnmower man and bike mechanic to database developer and financial/systems analyst. Tim is based in Dunedin studying towards a Masters in Environmental Science at Otago University. He is a keen cyclist and outdoor enthusiast.