Two men, 26 countries, 501 days, 20,000km. That's a dramatically condensed version of the journey undertaken by avid cyclist, food fan and general globetrotter and go-getter Tom Perkins, who cycled with a friend to some of the farthest-flung corners of the world in search of a bit of adventure – with some cooking thrown in along the way.

The fruits of his labour, aside from some stunning photography, is an as-yet unreleased book called Spices & Spandex, a travelogue/cookbook which documents his journey as well as the cultures and characters he encountered along the way. See the gallery above for just a few of his photos.

See more information and photography at, or check out his Kickstarter page here.