Ioan is a man who had a dream of cycling to India and Liz is an intrepid woman with strong thighs. This blog is an account of making that dream a reality as we went in search of our world – a place we know to be full of love, wildness and magic. With this journey we hoped to step fully into ourselves and honour a world beyond fear. To show that the splintering world is an illusion that can be reframed and rewoven.
Ioan Leontie, is a 36 year old Romanian bike mechanic who has been creating pretty rides for the people of Bucharest for over 10 years. He is a talented photographer and lamp builder, with a love of nature and a thirst to see the world. Our trip to India was Ioan’s first long distance cycle tour.
Liz Horn, is a 41 year old English escapee who has been nomading around Europe on bikes, trains and ferries for a while now. Having previously cycled across Spain and Italy, in July 2014 Liz set off on her first solo cycle-train odyssey from France to Portugal. That summer she clocked up over 1,000 miles and became truly hooked on the freedom of the open road and the kindness of strangers.
A Love Story
In September 2015 Liz arrived in Bucharest ready for another cycling adventure. She needed a bike and a mutual friend (Cosmin the cosmic link) introduced her to Ioan, who promptly met her requirements. On their first cycle camping weekend together, in Romania’s magical Apuseni Mountains, Ioan failed to bring any sleeping equipment, fell in a river and then built a roaring fire upon which to melt his shoes and socks; Liz was smitten.
In April 2016, after a winter of hibernation we emerged rested – a little soft, a little apprehensive – but ready. We set off from Bucharest in the direction of India – we cycled over 9,000 kilometres through 6 countries for 9 months.
Since returning to Romania in the spring of 2017 we have been on various adventures by bike and other means. This blog is a collection of our writing and photography from those trips.
Hello Human, we hope you enjoy the ride!