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Taiwanese begins African leg of trans-global cycle trip

2012/07/24 19:49:37

Johannesburg, July 24 (CNA) Two years spent in the saddle on a bike trip around the world has helped one Taiwanese man to learn how to "let go" when things do not go according to plan.

Wu Shih-chang, who embarked on his journey -- his first overseas trip -- in June 2010, has cycled across the Americas and five European countries, although he had initially planned to have finished the round-the-world trip by now.

However, the 30-year-old said he gave up his planned itinerary just six months into the trip and expects to spend another two years before completing his journey.

He arrived in South Africa in May and rode from Cape Town to Durban until his bike broke down, requiring him to wait in Johannesburg for a replacement to be sent from Taiwan.

It was not the first time Wu has asked for a new bike from Taiwan -- he had another stolen in Paris in February.

Wu said his trip has made him understand how much he has in his life in Taiwan.

"After four years of travel toughening my mind, I believe I will be ready for many challenges at work," said Wu. "As long as I think about the difficulties I have encountered during the trip, I believe I'll survive," he said.

Wu now plans to ride across Africa in the next 12 months, traveling north through the eastern part of the continent, to arrive in Egypt before entering the Middle East to begin the Asian leg of his trip.

(By Hsu Mei-yu and Kay Liu)