Man circumnavigating Earth couch surfs in Bristol

Guo Dahao, a.k.a. the man who’s been cycling around the world since 1999, was recently spotted in Bristol. No doubt tired from his circumnavigation attempt, Guo knocked on the door of the Sousa family’s home late Friday night in hopes that they would let him set up camp in their yard. The couple, sensing that he was not a threat, invited him to stay in their living room.

Guo, an engineer from Beijing, had dreamed of embarking on a ’round the world cycling journey since the age of 11. At the age of 29, he finally saved enough of money to begin his expedition. But Guo ran out of money somewhere in between being chased after by dogs in Africa and waiting five months for his American visa in Mexico. He currently relies on his parents for financial aid as well as the hospitality of strangers.

The United States is Guo’s 92nd country visited, having already biked through Central Asia, Europe and Africa. He will fly to Australia and New Zealand next and hopes to be back in China within a year or so.

Guo’s attempt to cycle around the globe by bicycle is not a first. For those interested in breaking the record for fastest circumnavigation, the official Guinness World Records rules can be found here.

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