We left Matteo Tricarico in Italy, after having completed the first part of his Travel For Aid odyssey across Asia into Europe… Matteo is now back on the road, starting from Bangkok, Thailand, and trying to end up in North China before starting a new pan- American adventure… we are therefore happy to start publishing his chronicles once again!!
Although today is the 14th day since I started riding after the four-month stay in Italy (not the longest dwelling, I stayed in Nepal for five months!), the feeling is that I never really stopped and this second stage of my travel is in fact just the continuation of the first one. During the Italian break, I was busy telling my experience to voluntary and cycling associations, schools, friends and perfect strangers who, thanks to the local media, knew all about me. I got used to be stopped in the street by people asking me the question “Are you the one who …?”. With very poor results, I also tried to find sponsorships and, despite the crisis, I was fortunate to meet Enzo Longo, owner of a bicycle company in Ostuni. He built a tailored made bicycle, personalized with my name, site of Travel For Aid and the writing “World Tour”. But I think that the greatest success of my dwelling in Italywas the recruitment of Dr. Marta Santoro, who became my travel companion for the first five weeks throughout Indochina. Marta, born in 1980, from my same hometown, studied as a chiropractor and worked in Englandfor ten years, where she covered hundreds of miles cycling. (more…)