The idea of cycling around the world had always been at the back of my mind, but I think I knew that I would never really do it, at least not in one continuous trip. So while the idea is still there somewhere, it has been broken down into many smaller ideas, each one a trip on its own, with nothing to do with the others yet at the same time all of them are linked. Australia and New Zealand were the longest trip yet, both in time and distance, and will probably be the longest trip I ever do. By June 2003, everything was organised. Flights, passport, visa, bike, etc., and the only thing left to do was quit my job and go.