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Monday 1st March 2004
Ed's Biking Diary - 1
Eleventh hour preparations - countdown to the off

Edward Genochio
Before the start, Ed's thoughts from his home in Topsham, Devon.
Edward Genochio, from Exeter, is about to pedal off on a solo 12,000-mile cycle from Exeter to Shanghai.
Here's the first of his regular diary entries along the route. This first one comes from his home in Topsham just days before he's due to set off.

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Take a look at some of Ed's pictures from the journey.


January 4th 2005
  A c-c-cold Christmas
December 11th 2004
  Back in the saddle!
October 24th 2004
  The end!
October 21st 2004
  Almost there
October 5th 2004
  Absent friends
September 5th 2004
  Ed's letter home
September 3rd 2004
  New bike has arrived
August 16th 2004
  Stolen bike and tent
August 8th 2004
  Ulan Bator, Mongolia
June 13th 2004
March 24th 2004
March 16th 2004
  Antwerp, Belgium
March 11th 2004
  On the Channel Ferry
March 1st 2004
  11th hour preparations
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Ed on his bike

Start QuoteIt’s Monday 1st March, and I ought to be on my way to China by now.

I’ve had 28th February pencilled in as my departure date, but I’m still at home in Exeter sorting out last-minute preparations.

I was a bit nervous about delaying my departure until after the 28th, because it’s a leap year and we all know what 29th February means for commitment-shy young men…!

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In the end my girlfriend, Emily, said she’d give me another four years, but if I haven’t mentioned the M-word by the time the next 29th February comes around in 2008 then I’d better watch out!

The last few days of packing have been quite stressful, probably more for Emily than for me because she has to grin and bear it while I’m flapping around the house swearing at the box of spare inner tubes which I’ve lost for the 17th time today.

Well, on Wednesday I will finally be off, after nearly 12 months of planning.

I’m going to miss Emily so much, that will probably be the hardest part of the ride. On the positive side, it will be good to be on the road at last, with Shanghai getting a little nearer with every turn of the pedals.

Next stop: Dover.

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