Long-distance cyclist shares adventures in Asia | VailDaily.com

Long-distance cyclist shares adventures in Asia

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Vail – On a bike, solo and unsupported, is Matthew Cull’s preferred mode of transportation around the globe.In 1984, Australia native Matthew Cull alighted from a bus on the Oregon coast and, with a cross-country tour across the states, embarked on what was to be merely the first leg of a two-wheeled odyssey around the world. Twenty-two years and six continents later, he has traversed 43, 400 miles in 47 countries through a gamut of physical environments and a multitude of cultures. Nine years ago, he made Vail his home.Returning for the sixth time to speak for the Vail Symposium’s Unlimited Adventure Series, Cull will appear at the Donovan Park Pavilion in West Vail from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday to share his latest transcontinental ride – an expedition that covered the length of Japan, and then from Beijing to Singapore – through personal anecdotes and stunning photography. Cull travels alone, because aside from the difficulty of finding a companion to travel for nine months at a time, going solo has its advantages. “It allows for different kinds of experiences,” said Cull. In addition to his cycling journeys, Cull traveled for more than a year on the Indian subcontinent; sailed a double-handed, 40-foot yacht across the Atlantic; and competed in the World Championships with the U.S. Mountain Running Team. He is a professional portrait photographer and writer. Cull was a former columnist for The Vail Daily, writing about the outdoors, and also wrote for the now-defunct magazine Running Wild.The 2006 Unlimited Adventure Series, co-sponsored by the Vail Symposium and Vail Library, runs weekly through March 9, featuring speakers willing to share their motivations and experiences in pushing mental, physical, geographic and spiritual boundaries. All programs are free.Vail, Colorado

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