Podgorica – When Daisuke Nakanishi last saw his Osaka French have just become the world champions in football, and Bill Clinton was in his second term the president of the Unite States of America.
Nine years ago Daisuke decided to leave his work in a construction firm and to start to travel around the world on a bicycle. Since then he has been sleeping in a tent, he doesn’t watch TV and on his Shimano bike he daily crosses up to 100 km. when he entered Montenegro, the thirty-eight years old Japanese left behind 90 countries, and 113,318 km. while on a map he is showings us how he crossed North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Australia, Daisuke explains how he is expecting that in two years he will once again see Osaka. He is telling us how he has made a lot of friends around the world, but that he also wishes to see the ones back at home.
– My father tried to make me give up this travel. He cried and said that it is a crazy thing to do, and that in America someone could kill me. My girlfriend had nothing against this and she waited for me for three years. We wrote e-mails, but when after three years I told her that I will extend my trip for another five years, she never answered back – says Nakanishi.
Initially I myself didn’t believe that the journey will last this long. He wanted to see the world “with his own eyes” and to make new friends. He says that with this travel he wants to contribute to the peace in the world and to show that people from various countries can cooperate.
– As a student, I visited several countries on a bike and made a lot of friends. At that time I thought that it would be brave of me to go around the world on a bike – remembers Daisuke and mentions that, so far that pleasure costed him 50.000 dollars.
Though on this travel there were hard moments he says that he has no regrets. He didn’t enter the countries which are in war, and he had malaria when he was in Kenya.
He says that his bike, overloaded with things, everywhere in the world draws attention.
– In south America and Africa people were very happy when they saw me and they wished to talk to me. Europeans are very reserved and too busy, while Americans are just running for money and they almost didn’t notice me – says he.
Stressing how in the past nine years his life was not in danger not even one single time, Daisuke claims that he was mostly afraid of enraged drivers and traffic accidents.
– There were some unpleasant situations in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon during the meeting with the police and military. When they see that you are a foreigner, they ask for money and doubt your intentions. They think you’re an agent and their looks are not friendly – remembers Daisuke.
Daisuke says that when he returns to Osaka his bike on which he changed tires 300 times, will go to a museum. He will try to get a job and to write a book about hi travels.
When I get back home I will need the money for rent, car and the food. I will have to get a job, even though I won’t find he best job. Maybe I will work as a communal worker. I will have something to talk about – he claims.
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GERMAN SCHTUKE IS ONE
While he speaks about his travels Daisuke shows the photographs with Pele, former president of USA Jimmy Carter, and the leader of Polish revolutionaries Leh Valens. Though I have met the first men who climbed Mount Everest Edmund Hilary, Japanese says that the greatest impression was meeting the Guiness recorder Heinz Schtuke. German who already for 45 years is traveling around the world on a bike he met 8 times.
– We met each other all around the world and his life philosophy and advices are always interesting for me. How strong his will for traveling is best shows the fact that he didn’t attend his father’s funeral, because he didn’t wish to break his travel around the world – says Nakanishi.