ONE BIRTHDAY | 24 HOURS | 40 MILES | 40 DIFFERENT WAYS | NO MOTORS
The average lifespan for a British male sits around the 80 years mark, and if the statistics are to be believed, I’m coming up to halfway. Truth be told, I’m relieved to get this far and although I don’t usually make a big deal of surviving another year around the sun this year is going to be a little bit different, and I’d love you to join me.
On October 25th 2019 I turn 40 years old. To celebrate a perfectly ordinary birthday I'd like to cover 40 miles, using a different form of non-motorised transport for each mile.
Encouraging a healthy lifestyle, attitude and connection to the outdoors has been a key part of my life and work since 2005, and I’d like to invite people to come along on the day, to try different forms of transport.
You don't need a reason to have an adventure, but it is also a wonderful way to celebrate.
While this has familiar echoes of my Expedition1000 project this is a whole different type of endurance. If variety spices life up, this is going to make for a tough and wholly memorable birthday celebration.
If you can't change something there's no point worrying about it. But getting old is hard, isn't it?
No, it's NOT! If you make the most of the year you'll never regret a birthday, but what about making the most of the birthday itself?
Rickmansworth Aquadome - https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/rickmansworth-aquadrome
Potential venue: Dorney lake
Charity? Shara? Teddington Trust
Sponsor? Cover all costs?
Rental fee? Can I speak there in return for hire?
At first though this might sound easy, right? 40 miles isn't that far, after all.
A mile on a bicycle, on foot or kayaking is easy. But then consider how many fast ways there are there to cover a mile. And what happens when these run out? Swimming? Crawling? Roller blades? Skydiving? A wheelbarrow?!!
36 minutes to cover each mile
TRANSPORT WE HAVE
Canoe (John Wright)
Pink Flamingo Float (Mel Bound)
Stretcher! (Steve Blethyn)
TRANSPORT WE NEED
Float (rubber ring)
Trikke (V Scooter - Andrew Hunt)
Really?! You need to spend a bit more time on this website. I do random stuff for a living so this is just one more idea cooked up over a coffee (beer) that I decided not to forget. And plus, how cool is this day going to be?
In addition to satisfying my own crazy, I'd like to make a really beautiful film about this project. I don't plan on doing much training so it's going to be an interesting battle of mind of matter, and many of the transportations will be thoroughly new to me. Unicycling? Halfbiking? Roller Skis?! I'd like to think the resulting film will offer encouragement and motivation for everyone out there to cook up a unique adventure of their own, if not to simply celebrate each birthday rather than worry about another digit on your age.
And, while we're at it, let's aim for a nice fundraising target for a worthwhile cause.
In the meantime: PARTNERS & PLANNING
This is going to take some logistical forethought. Drive between some of the legs or find a location where I can swim, ski, kitesurf and skydive all within reach of each other?
I'd love for this to turn into a Forrest Gump-like affair, with loads of people getting involved and trying their hand to new things, so how best to make this a group reality?
I'll be reaching out to manufacturers and brands who create different non-motorised forms of transport. Each mode will form a chapter of a new non-motorised transport blog I'm creating this year, and the suggestion would be that once the journey has completed, either the modes of transport will be auctioned off for charity or made available for others to loan to go off and do their own trips, time and time again.
I'll also be seeking a small, adventurous production company to create a special short film about this day, for release online and to film festival around the world.
And prizes to give away in a few competitions run in conjunction with the project.
I'm a geek for stats, and this project will offer so many things to measure.
Fastest and slowest miles, calorie burn and intake, weight loss, easiest and hardest miles, total hours on the move and much more.
Perhaps, maybe, we'll get people to guess what these birthday stats will be in return for a donation to the cause we're supporting, plus a chance to win some prizes.
This is going to be so cool!
GET IN TOUCH
If you'd like to partner with 38, provide a mode of transport, join the organising team or even just suggest another mode of transport, use the form below: