Do an outliner in this form for Expedition 1000
It’s not about the miles for me. But 1000 miles means it will always be a good challenge, and that there will be time to learn, experience, build a story etc
The people you meet, the difficulties and failures, what you learnt about yourself, no hyperbole that you nearly died, it needs to be relatable to others. And keep the stats and daily mileage stuff to a minimum!
Overcoming adversity, the bits that went wrong always make an interesting part of the read for me! Like running out of food.
I love honesty. I want to know the rubbish bits, the good bits and everything in between.
I prefer reading stories where people have spent time in the countries they are travelling, taken time absorbing the culture and written about their adventures in it.
I’m not really that interested in reading about speedy adventures that are breaking records in terms of time. For example I loved reading Alastair Humphrey’s books about his 4 year cycle around the world but don’t have any interest reading about Mark Beaumont’s speedy cycle breaking records. That’s just my interest/opinion though
Human stories! I’d love to hear more about the people you met along the way, and how meeting them influenced you (whether profoundly or just that they made you a cup of tea) as well as your own story - what did you learn about yourself, people and the world during your adventures!
I wouldn't mind a bit of how-to incorporated in, i.e. the financial side, logistics, balancing relationships with family and friends back home, etc.
The adventure stories formula tends to be, "I went on this adventure, and it was amazing & challenging physically and mentally and most the people were pretty awesome & surprisingly friendly." I'm interested in, could I do this too and how?
I'm aiming to balance the stories with a practicality - these are the steps (with challenges and wins) and here's how you could do it if you wanted to
Being drawn in as if you were there, being able to learn about the places and the environment you travel through, to be inspired by the people you meet along the way, their daily lives, culture and families, the highs and lows, and the challenges faced...(Leon's rather good at this :) )
How you reacted to the environment and culture around you.Always good to learn practical stuff that we can all use. What worked and what didn't.
Always good to learn practical stuff that we can all use. What worked and what didn't.
Emotion. I like to read how it made you feel, both at the good and bad times. What you wanted to get out of it for yourself, beyond another tick on the 1000 mile list, and what it delivered.
The motivation behind the project, the impressions on the route as well as the "hard times" when the going got tough or things went wrong. I think it makes it more relatable, rather than just reading about "nice" bits of the journey.
A bit of everything! But mostly the parts that surprised you. Its definitely good to hear the parts about human kindness and generosity. Most people don't have the experiences to show them that, for the most part, people are interested in helping others. We never cease to be amazed by the overwhelming support that we receive when abroad and it is always when something that you have planned goes wrong that you find people dig deepest to help!! Reading about situations like that encourages others to behave with the same kindness......
My absolute favourite book of all time is penguins stopped play by Harry Thompson... full of adventure, humour and human spirit... well worth every second spent reading it, and every tear shed from laughter and sadness... great to read for inspiration if you ask me!
Humour, quirky facts, interesting people and places, overcoming challenges
What THEY see and find interesting, in beautiful, poetic detail. I read a paragraph on the structure of moss in the last book and was riveted...
The beautiful mess called human life, with its adversities, the journey, the people, the falls, and the wins. Honestly human
I admire people who follow their dreams
To research before starting: Informative adventure stories. Sidetracker. Well designed online mags and blogs.
Rules: be funny. informative, purposeful, useful, human
Aims: tell a good story. Prep for books and podcasts. Write so it’s a slot into a book down to the line. Flex writing muscles.
Enticing intro so people read on…
Start with situational view. How come you have the time to go on an adventure. What led to the idea? Was there a spark or was it an accident? Outline project
Planning head: pros and cons of this transport and journey. Choosing a location (unless this was the driving force already, discussed above). Any struggles to get to the start line. Particular unique thinking for this one? Skills needed? Money
To go or not to go: Why would I not do this? Naysayers…. Resulting in following dreams despite all…
Transport and .Gear
Map: Lay out the objectives, route and general plan and reason for the trip
Day One: What did the start look like? The aches and pains after day one. Realisations? Doubts? Excitement? Company and scenery?
Week One: Changes in body and fitness, how fast does this happen? Is transport ok? Distances? Mind? Progress
The everyday question: Anecdotes, start with the thing people ALWAYS say when you’re in a particular place on a type of transport. What about stadt? Do you have a big calf? (Title of this should be the question)
An average day.
Campsites: photo gallery. General write-up on what finding a campsite entails, prep to build a camp (ie. first need a sloping beach to pull waterbike up to), type of gear I’m carrying and why.
Hump day. At half way how does everything feel, how is the journey unwravelling? Is it fun? Is it tough?
Stand out experiences/ moments/ meetings.
Media or stealth
The final push - full of energy or crawling? Looking forward to finishing or not? Falling off skateboard.
The last day
Summary: looking back, grateful for…? glad not to be doing that again…
Rating: Match against others, out of ten. Difficulty. Pain. Danger. Fun. Transport itself.
Waterbike - tide coming up. High tide doesn’t always match the right time to finish/ daylight
And away we go