Sometimes I read an article which just make me laugh with their great sense of humour, mixed with the delight of just doing something different.
Ants Bolingbroke-Kent got in touch with me about an article she wrote about a journey she made around the Black Sea on a Honda C90 motorbike. Honda C90s have been around for years and you can find them all around the world. They have great bikes.
So, while most people are doing motorbike tours on monster-sized BMWs, Ants was doing it on something whose engine was probably 80% smaller than most tourers on motorbikes.
Read the article here. It's a good one!
It's a frustrating morning if you are trying to get hold of tickets for the London 2012 Olympics unless, of course, you are into niche sports. If so, then I expect you are having a good day!
Well, my mind is elsewhere when it comes to the near future, to be honest. To get back into the swing of the life of adventure I knew long ago, the four of us are working on a mini-adventure in Scandinavia in the next few weeks.
We are heading into the middle of Sweden to canoe around the lakes in the Rogen Nature Reserve where is nothing but wilderness, water and wild beasts (perhaps a few other mini-adventurers. Wild camping for five days.
I'm really enjoying reading Peter Gostelow's blog, Big Africa Cycle, as he makes his way south in this incredible contient. He's in Uganda at the moment avoiding the tourist trap backpavker hotels and trips. His photographs of Uganda have been amazing. You can see some of them in this post.
Reading his blog makes me want to go back and do more cycling in Africa!
I saw this video on Tom's website and I had to share it.
Our journey through Africa was fairly physical. But, nothing like the journey that Roz Savage is carrying out now. She is currently rowing alone across the Pacific raising awareness about the damage we humans are inflicting on the planet. Take a look at her video.
It's been a few days since I updated my diaries on the website solely down to the fact that I have been away on business with the company I work for in Philadelphia for afew days.
As usual at these events, there is not much time for seeing the place because of the number of meetings I attend, the socialising (it's not all bad) and the travelling to and fro (helped by the fact that a friend of mine is a British Airways pilot and managed to get me a more comfortable seat across and back over the Atlantic!).
The main reason I have not updated my diaries is the jet lag and lack of sleep for the last few days. I got back on Thursday last week from the US and I have been in pieces since then. Air travel is necessary for my work but my body thinks different.
Anyway, I will start updating my diary on the website tonight and continue the journey through Morocco.
If you are following my daily blog posts from my cycling diaries, you will know that Dan and I are now in Morocco. It's quite a place. I saw this video (via @worldcyclevideo) by a couple that cycled through the High Atlas there last year. It's a fabulous snapshot of the country.
This is the only video of Dan and I on our journey to Cape Town. It's not exactly thrilling stuff but it is a record nonetheless of us, our bikes, kit and those who were there to say goodbye on 16th August 1991.
What is striking is not the content of the video but more the quality of it. The technology has improved so much since then. The videos I watch made by Alistair Humphreys, for example, are so darn good and the photos are so clear that they make our photos seem like ancient history.
The clothes we wore, particularly our shorts, were terrible. We were more concerned about not looking stupid in lycra than we were about being comfortable. The shorts we wore gave us terrible sweat rashes for the first month!
Nonetheless, despite our technical kit seeming primitive to what's available today, the journey is not made better by the technology. It's just better at helping to share the journey you are on.
Will Hawkins lives in Lincolnshire with his family and is now a magazine editor and occasional adventure cyclist.
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