In late July 2019 I’ll be spending four days with a global family of community leaders at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California, which I’m really lucky to be a part of thanks to my work with SayYesMore and the YesTribe.
Afterwards, while everyone else heads home by plane and car and train, I’m going to jump on an AZUB recumbent bicycle and head east, armed with a pair of legs which are in desperate need of a workout.
All going well this will become the 15th journey of Expedition1000, a lifetime goal to undertake twenty five journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non motorised transport. Bit by bit I’m now filling in the gaps between previous journeys, slowly linking up twenty five different paths to form a line around our little planet.
In 2011 I rode a tandem bike with a friend between Vancouver and Las Vegas, and later that year I paddled the full length of the Mississippi River and a little bit more. A year later I swam 1001 miles along the Missouri River from Chamberlain in South Dakota to St Louis, and I’m hoping that the ride this coming August will cross paths with each of these previous three routes.
I choose these journeys for soul food, as a reminder that we live in a world full of good, kind people and majestic nature worth preserving. I travel slow to keep things cheap, but also because a little challenge never did us any harm. In these adventures I’ve found the greatest riches in life and I’ve learned so much from a long ride, pedal, paddle, skate or plod - far more than I ever did at school.
If you happen to live along the way, somewhere between San Francisco and the Mississippi, I’d love to meet up and share some stories.
Who knows which way the wind will blow, but I’m really looking forward to making my way east later this summer.
In 2017, at the Germersheim’s Spezi bike show in Germersheim, Germany, Emms and I were at the mercy of our Facebook friends, who voted between three different types of tandem bicycle for us to ride off towards the sunrise.
One of those bikes was made by Azub, who are based in the Czech Republic. On that occasion another bike won the vote, but I stayed in touch with Honza, Azub’s marketing boss who has completed some pretty amazing long distance journeys of his own.
When the opportunity for this summer’s journey appeared I wrote to Honza and he reckoned that Azub could help, so they’re loaning me a specially built super speedy recumbent bike, a Max700, for the journey ahead. Come the end of the journey one of my duties is to sell it on, so if you’re interested drop me a line!
In May 2019 I met up with Honza in Vienna, Austria to test drive my new steed, here’s what happened.
Tracking progress courtesy of ZeroSixZero, bespoke adventure mapping with a merry twist.