I wanted to find a way to keep myself drawing each day so i came up with the idea to try and represent something significant or banal from each day via a drawing. After cycling all day, setting up the tent, cooking and then writing a diary the daily drawing wasn’t something i did each day. Nevertheless it made me think about how to represent a feeling, an observation or simply something i’d seen through the day.
Drawings and text by Julian Cox
The road was super steep heading up to Crac Des Chevaliers in Syria, it felt like the bike weighed 10tonnes.
A beautiful road in the Iron curtain in Serbia, following the Danube. The road cuts through the rock in a series of tunnels.
The most encouraging thing someone can do from a car when you’re climbing a mountain, clap!.
Gore-Tex doesn’t mean anything when your shoes fill up with water.
Possibly the hardest day of the trip in Syria. Horrendous head wind throughout the entire day, then i had to rellocate my tent in the middle of the night because it was going to rip in ferocious gusts. I spent a large amount of the day swearing.
Shock horror when a man motions to remove my broken bottom with a screwdriver.
Crazy crazy traffic in Tehran. Huge cross sections a drivers with a ‘close your eyes and hope for the best’ mentality.
A knee injury flares up with a vengeance forcing me to take the bus.
Cycling under a rainbow in Syria.
An important day, venturing into the desert, it was the first time i had multiple water bottles attached to the front rack.
An amazing open air cafe in Tripoli – Hookahs, cards, copious amounts of tea and colourful plastic seats.