The Expedition HERMES will visit by bike on a continuous way all the countries and territories that exist in the world and respective capitals, totalizing 325 places, following the list proposed by the Traveler's Century Club (more info here).
The trip was divided into 6 regions or stages, and each one will take between 1 year and a half and 2 years at the most, making the total expedition last about 12 years, or even more.
The first stage will be in Europe, Northern Africa and Middle East 1 (more info here), and the starting point of the expedition is the city of Lisbon, Portugal.
The whole trip, whenever possible, will be made by bike. There will be moments in which it will not be able to be like this, and in these cases the use of varied types of vehicles will be made, reasons for which are as follows:
- when the expedition visit islands, for example, it must make use of boat or aircraft to get there;
- for any security issue (wars, revolutions, conflicts etc), the expedition will also mainly make use of aircraft, and in this case to go straight to the capital, spend just a couple of days there and leave by aircraft as well;
- to speed up certain areas inside a country or from one country to another (as long as it is possible to ride a bike in part of the country or of the capital).
Concerning matters involving security, if there are wars/revolutions/ conflicts in any new area, mainly on the way to the respective capital, the expedition will make use of aircraft as long as the security of the members of the expedition can be kept. In case it is not possible to reach the capital, this will be left for any moment in the future to be reached.
The expedition will make use of the bicycle on a continuous way. Continuous, here, means that from Lisbon on all the route has been traced as a long uninterrupted line, constant and the expedition will follow this line whenever possible.
This does not mean that there will not be pauses. Quite to the contrary: there will be days in which the expedition will ride the bike for some hours and, during other hours on the same day, it will stop by some places to work through the internet with the project of the expedition itself and related projects. Other days it will ride the bike almost the entire day, in some days it will remain in a given place, whether taking some rest, whether getting to know the local place better.
There will be some places in which the expedition will spend a few days, some weeks and even about one month. Everything will depend on the physical condition of the members of the expedition, of the volume of work that will have to be made through the internet, of the weather conditions (ie, avoid bike riding during the harsh winter blizzards in the northern hemisphere or during the monsoons in Asia). The matter here is not to be in a hurry, but instead to experience each place.
Out of the proposed 6 regions or stages, the expedition can not leave that region to go to another without having finished that specific route and having visited all the countries and territorries within that region with the respective capitals, except in the cases above mentioned.
Once all the countries and territories of a given region are visited with the respective capitals, the expedition will take a break of some months, leaving that region and going anywhere in the world that is more suitable to make an inventory of the past stage of the expedition and preparing for the next stage.
As for sleeping, the expedition will make use of camping, lodging at the houses of other people , and in some given moments a hostel or a modest hotel, with no luxury.