I’ve found it always difficult to talk about myself, without reducing the person to merely his activities. Also, after being on the road for longer than a month, I’m different then when I started my little quest.
I’m Huetzin, at the moment a 34 year old Belgian/Mexican, who used to live in Antwerp, Belgium. My grandfather, in one point in his life, used to have a bike shop. My father used to be a road bicycle racer. You would think that with this heritage you would start very early with cycling. Well in my case it wasn’t so. I discovered the joy of cycling 3 years ago when I made the connection of bicycle with long distance travel. And once I started, I got hooked.
My first bicycle tour trip was in the south of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula. I traveled 1000 km, alongside my father. The year after, I did small solo tour, starting from Uruapan, Michoacán, México, following the west coast up to Mazatlán and from there to the peninsula of Baja California. 1700 km Iater I was hungry from more.
I joked with some friends that I would go to India, and after a combination of feelings, thoughts and research I asked myself: “Why not?”. It took some courage and support from my friends to get out of my comfort zone. I left my job as an Industrial Designer, stopped all of my hobbies, said goodbye to my dear friends and family and set sight to China.
In my life I have never had any clear sense of direction. Just doing what needs to be done. Now, this hasn’t changed, but now I receive what I encounter on the road with joy and admiration. Thankful for all the opportunities and lessons that traveling on a bike will bring. The final destination is not yet set in stone.