Beginning in Urumqi, the intention was to cycle as far east as time would allow. As it transpired, a deadline to reach America soon materialised. Thus, Xining became the end of the Chinese leg.
The North American section began in Seattle and from there a lengthy two-wheeled exploration of North America commenced. The route changed as the trip progressed, but the initial aim was to visit as many friends as possible.
The journey finished with a three-week stint in Cuba.