Cycling Tomorrow's Europe

In September this year I reached the end of another spectacular cycle tour, celebrating Independence Day in Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh.

On this page is a very rough map showing my 10,000 km route through 18 countries but, more importantly, through or very near 48 of the bits of Europe that are, however serious or desirable, moving towards independence and could therefore, in some parallel reality, become brand new countries in the near or distant future. Some of these movements are entirely jokey, some little more than an excuse to form a football team, some are legit but with a minuscule number of crazed devotees, a few have millions of serious advocates and, in a handful of places, it's been important enough for thousands of people to die for. Some places have no great desire for independence but may have it thrust upon them by the machinations of others. Three are technically still at war, including one - Nagorno-Karabakh - that faces its enemy daily across a frontline with guns and tanks. Many, however, have their own rich history, culture and cuisine. It was a fascinating ride.

The current photos on this page are from previous cycle tours through some of the same countries. In the next few weeks I will add photos from this year's adventure.

Stage One: Competa to Lyon

Dates: 2nd April to 8th May

Countries: Spain and France

Possible Future States: Andalusia, Eastern Andalusia, Murcia, Valencia, Catalonia, Val d'Aran, Occitania and the Sovereign State of Barbe Island

Stage Two: Lyon to Katowice

Dates: 8th May to 30th June

Countries: France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland

Possible Future States: Savoy, Aosta Valley (near), Romandie, Franche-Comté, Republic of Saugeais (near), Alsace, Fürstentum Rheinbergen, Bavaria, Franconia (near), Raetia, Südtirol, Padania, Veneto, Friuli, the Free Territory of Trieste, Istria, Rijeka, Enclava (near), Carinthia, South Slovakia, Moravia, Kingdom of Wallachia, Czech Silesia and Silesia

Stage Three: Katowice to Odessa

Dates: 30th June to 30th July

Countries: Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova

Possible Future States: Ruthenia, Western Ukraine, Szekely Land, Bukovina (near), Transnistria, Gagauzia, Taraclia, Budjak and Odessa People's Republic

Stage Four: Ferry to Batumi and then cycle to Stepanakert

Approximate dates: 5th August to 2nd September

Countries: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Possible Future States: Crimea (near), Adjara, Samegrelo, Abkhazia, South Ossetia (near), Borchali and Nagorno-Karabakh

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