A world bike tour at 20km/h
20 km/h (12.4 mph) …
This is a symbolic speed and this is also the average speed when you travel a long distance by bike. In my opinion, this is the best velocity to travel around the world.
At this speed, in contrast to a train, a car or a bus, you won’t miss the landscape because you’re travelling too fast. By bike, you are still able to stop whenever you want to look more precisely at what is around you or to meet people. Little by little the way to the “next” loses its barrier and lets you enjoy the present time.
“It is not the aim that counts, it’s the way” says Valérie Guignabodet, whose sentence sounds a bit like Nicolas Bouvier. When you do not travel faster than 20km/h, the way extends itself like a rubber band. Not only in space but in time too. This allows the traveller to extract its spirit and to make any human’s travelling speed an incredible experiment.
This website is called 20kmh.net because this is the speed that should enable me to meet different people, tributes or culture in the most honest and less superficial way.