TPZ180: Cycling Alaska to Argentina with Chris Haag & Sophie George

Cycling Alaska to Argentina

In the summer of 2018, Chris Haag and Sophie George began cycling south from Homer Alaska toward their goal of reaching Ushuaia Argentina.  With North America behind them they are currently in Colombia.  You can follow the adventure at their website theplacesipee.com.  Chris and Sophie, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


TPZ179: In the Footsteps of the Cherokee with Ian Finch & Jamie Barnes

Ian and Jamie. Photo credit to Will Saunders

After the Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson in 1830, the US government began a series of relocations of Native Americans from their ancestral lands in the southeast to areas west of the Mississippi River. The 5 civilized tribes consisting of Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw were all part of the forced removals.  In 1838 the Cherokee people were removed, via a series of land and water routes, from their ancestral homelands in the Great Smoky Mountains to Tahlequah Oklahoma. It’s estimated that of the 16,000 removed, between 4-8000 Cherokee died from hunger, exposure and disease.  This journey was known amongst the Cherokee as the “The Trail Where They Cried”, today known as the “The Trail of Tears”. Beginning in mid-March 2019, Photographer Ian Finch and Jamie Barnes retraced the original trail from The Smokey Mountains into Tahlequah Oklahoma. Over 81 days they descended flooded rivers, canoeing close to 1000 miles, then continuing on foot for 400 miles. You can learn more about their journey at Ian’s website www.ianefinch.com, and at www.sidetracked.com where you can learn more about their upcoming feature article in Sidetracked Magazine’s October issue. Ian Finch and Jamie Barnes, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Ian previously appeared in Episode 129.


TPZ178: Adventure Cycle Touring with Tim & Linda

adventure cycling

For Tim and Linda, it’s been over 400 days on the road so far since cycling away from Europe in the spring of 2018.  Some of the highlights include a month through Turkey, riding through the Pamir mountains in Tajikistan, and cycling for 3 months in China.  You can learn more about their adventure at pedallingtheplanet.wordpress.com.  Tim and Linda, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


TPZ177: RTW Bikepacking Adventure with Tristan Ridley

bikepacking

After working and hitchhiking around Australia for 2 years, he bought a bike and spent 3 months cycling around New Zealand.  He then cycled back to his home in England starting in Papua New Guinea where he came down with Dengue fever and was chased by men wielding machetes.  After working 16 months in England, the cycling adventure continued through Northern Europe before riding south into the Balkans.  In December 2018 he rode into the Middle East and onward into North Africa.  Currently in Tanzania, he is just over halfway to his goal of cycling 100,000 km through 100 countries on 6 continents.  Part of his adventure is to raise funds for Build Africa, a UK charity working to fight poverty in Kenya and Uganda by using education to combat inequality.  You can learn more about his adventures at his website tristanridley.com.  Tristan Ridley, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ176: Thru-Hiking Te Araroa with Alison Young

Te Araroa thru-hike

In late October 2018 she traveled to New Zealand to begin a 4-month southbound thru-hike of Te Araroa, a 3,000 km walking track across the north and south islands.  It’s a challenging hike that took her across various landscapes including beaches, cities, forests, and volcanoes.  You can read more about Te Araroa and her other adventures at her website blissfulhiker.com.  Alison Young, welcome back to the show.

TPZ175: Cycling Around the World with Fredrika Ek

cycling around the world Fredrika Ek

She cycled away from her hometown of Sundsvall Sweden in the early spring of 2015 with the goal to cycle around the world and to experience foreign lands and cultures.  She wanted to overcome the personal challenges of riding into the ruthless headwinds, the freezing cold, the tormenting heat and be able to say in the end, “Girl.  You actually did it.”  But this bike ramble was also something bigger – a fundraiser in support of ActionAid, an organization defending the human rights of the world’s most vulnerable girls and woman.  After 33 months, 51,000 km, and 45 countries she accomplished her mission and you can learn more about it at thebikeramble.com.  Fredrika Ek, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Photos by Martijn Doolaard at espiritu-libre.com.


TPZ174: Trekking to Everest Base Camp with Russ Hepton

Everest base camp

Trekking to Everest base camp at 5,380 meters is not an easy adventure, but the reward is spending time in the incredible mountain landscapes of the Himalayas.  Russ Hepton began his 2-week trek starting in Kathmandu Nepal.  After an exhilarating 45-minute helicopter flight to Lukla he set out with his guide toward Namche Bazaar at 3,340 meters and spent a day acclimating.  The trek continued toward Dingboche at 4,410 meters and another rest day.  After reaching Everest base camp he attempted a challenging hike toward the top of Kala Patthar which stands at 5,643 meters.  You can learn more at his YouTube channel called The Trail Hunter and his website thetrailhunter.com.  Russ Hepton, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

The guide service Russ used: Magic Expedition Trekking and Tours


TPZ173: Trekking Death Valley National Park with Roland Banas

Trekking Death Valley

Death Valley National Park on the California Nevada border is the hottest, driest and lowest of all the US national parks.  It is also the largest National Park in the lower 48 with a diverse environment of sand dunes, salt flats, mountains and valleys.  For three years beginning in 2015, Roland Banas tried and failed 4 times to cross the park solo and unsupported.  In December 2018 he began his 5th attempt.  Starting out with a 85-pound pack of food, water and gear, Roland finally completed the trek in 6 days, 23 hours and 55 minutes covering a distance of 166 miles.  Roland has written about his adventure at explorersweb.com.  Roland Banas, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


TPZ172: Cycling Around the World with Tim Millikin

cycling around the world

From his home in Reading England to the finish line in Reading, PA it was a journey of 46,500 km spanning over 3 years.  On a bicycle he built for less than 500 pounds he cycled through 39 countries experiencing the stunning vistas of Kyrgyzstan and the soul-crushing roads of the Atacama Desert. In El Salvador he was hit by a car and hospitalized, but continued on with a new bike.  As part of the adventure he is raising funds for The Royal Berks Charity and SOS Children’s Villages and you can learn more at his website reading2reading.com.  Tim Millikin, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


TPZ171: Kayaking the Kwanza River in Angola with Oscar Scafidi

Kayak the Kwanza

In June 2016, Oscar Scafidi and teammate Alfy Weston assembled the 1960s era Klepper Aerius II foldable kayak and set out on the Kwanza River in Angola – which flows 600 miles from its source on the Bié Plateau to the Atlantic Ocean.  During their roughly 4-week journey they experienced many unexpected delays from dangerous hippos and fishing dams that nearly capsized their boat to government authorities that attempted to deport them.  Part of their adventure was to raise funds for The Halo Trust – the oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organization which has been working for over two decades in Angola, a country heavily contaminated with landmines as a result of the 27-year civil war following independence from Portugal.  You can learn more about the adventure in Oscars book Kayak the Kwanza – Source to Sea Along Angola’s Longest River and at kayakthekwanza.com.  Oscar Scafidi, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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Kayak the Kwanza movie