My first night in Georgia was spent behind a small petrol station, on the grass, beneath a tree, beside a pond with some ducks on it. The roads entered forest the next day, along the coast, through rundown cities, left over from the soviet era.
The rain lashed down, driven by autumn winds, as I struggled free of London, everything I owned strapped to the back of a bicycle on the first day of what would become a forty thousand kilometre, four year journey around the earth. The year was 2O11, I was alone, unsupported and afraid, riding east into the unknown with my tent, camera and the memories of my past…
I’m Rob Lutter, a photographer and writer from England and this is The Lifecycle. A challenge to circumnavigate the world without a support crew, carrying all I need to survive on the bicycle and heading always east, flying only between continents, until I reach London again.
The bicycle had been my escape route from a lifelong battle with OCD and depression. But now, after three years on the road, the adventure has grown into a global charity challenge to help those still trapped by mental health. In Year One we raised over $2OOO for WaterAid. Now I’m cycling for charities Mind and OCDuk who support children suffering from mind disorders.
Georgia welcomed me with open arms. Glistening lands full of life and colour. Crystal rivers flowed through swampy farmlands and deep, green forests where the homes of bee keepers, wine growers & shepherds lay hidden.
In a city in the far north east of Turkey, on the brink of the Middle East, I found myself at a crossroads. Behind me Europe and a thousand memories of roads I’d taken and the people I’d met. In front the unknown, the true adventure.