Friday, June 11, 2010
Taipei - A 28-year-old Taiwan man left the island Tuesday to spend two years cycling around the world.
Wu Shih-chang, a painter, said he wanted to encourage people all over the world to love life and fulfil their dreams.
'I am both excited and scared because starting today, my life has changed,' he said at Taoyuan International Airport before boarding a flight for Alaska.
Wu plans to cycle through North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
He is to cycle most of the way, but will fly or take a boat when crossing from South America to Europe and from Europe to Asia (duh!). The trip is due to end in Australia.
Wu's supplies, not including his bike, weigh about 25 kilograms.
He plans to spend eight US dollars a day on the trip, and has saved 8,000 US dollars for the expedition.
Money is a problem because has not found a sponsor.The other challenge could be getting entry visas from countries which do not have diplomatic ties with Taiwan, as the island is recognized by only 23 states.