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


TPZ170: Solar VanLife Adventure with Joel Hayes & Keegan Taccori

Solar VanLife with Route Del Sol

Joel is the pilot and Keegan is the copilot.  They are the first team in the world to drive a solar powered, 100% electric camper van from Alaska to Argentina.  The adventure is called Route del Sol and the goal is to make it to the bottom of South America by the summer of 2020.  The first part of Route Del Sol has taken them through the landscapes of Alaska, the Yukon Territory and British Columbia.  Now they’re in part two and making their way down the west coast of the United States.  You can learn more at routedelsol.com.  Joel Hayes and Keegan Taccori, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


TPZ169: Walking thru Bangladesh with Ian Packham

Walking Bangladesh Ian Packham

Located between India and Myanmar, Bangladesh is a country about the size of England and Wales, but with three times the population.  From January through March 2019, Ian Packham was on a self-supported trek across Bangladesh.  It was 665.8 miles on foot starting in Saint Martins island in the south and ending in the country’s northernmost point.  His plan is to uncover the stories of one of the world’s hidden destinations.  You can learn more about Ian and his adventures at his website encircleafrica.org.  Ian Packham, welcome back to the show.

Song of the Little Road by Graham Finch http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/7360


TPZ168: Arctic Expedition Sailing with Katherine Knight

A lifelong love of sailing and adventure has taken Katherine Knight all over the world, from Iceland to Canada, the arctic and Cape Horn.  Her home, with her partner Eric, is a 50ft expedition yacht called Narwhal.  This past year they set sail on an amazing journey from Scotland across the arctic circle to Norway.  Their expeditions also devote time to Clean Up the Arctic, removing large amounts of trash from the beautiful arctic waters.  Katherine is also passionate about empowering people to get beyond their doorstep and fall in love with adventure.  You can learn more about the Narwhal and their sailing expeditions at narwhalexpeditions.com.  Katherine Knight, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Film link ‘The Adventure Itinerary’ https://vimeo.com/306564120#at=2


TPZ167: Trekking the Gambia River with Chaz Powell

Chaz Powell Gambia River Trek

In January 2019, Chaz Powell and Tim Roberts set off on a 1,120 km trek of the Gambia River from its source in the Fouta Djallon highlands of central Guinea to the coastal city of Banjul in The Gambia.  It was a challenging 46 days through extreme temperatures and harsh landscapes, with constant hunger and dehydration as a companion along with the wildest of animals.  With unending hospitality and kindness from the locals they were able to reach the Atlantic ocean, becoming the first people to document a full source-to-sea trek of the Gambia River.  For this expedition, Chaz partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation, one of the oldest and largest conservation organizations focusing on the protection of African wildlife and wildlands.   You can learn more about Chaz and his adventures at thewildestjourney.com.  Chaz Powell, welcome back to the show.

www.justgiving.com/TheWildestJourney 


TPZ166: Vietnam Motorcycle Adventure with William Shears

Vietnam motorcycle adventure

William Shears on left

Having never ridden a motorcycle, William Shears traveled to Vietnam to begin a roughly 1,200-mile motorbike adventure from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh.  He bought a second hand 110cc Honda he called Black Rose and set off on the Ho Chi Minh Highway with a camera to capture the journey. You’ll find it on YouTube in a video titled How to Motorbike Vietnam and you can learn more about William at his website williamshears.co.uk.  William Shears, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ165: Skiing the Greenland Ice Cap with Hollie Woodhouse

Skiing GreenlandOut of almost 200 applicants, Hollie Woodhouse along with 3 other young explorers were selected to take on the 2018 Antarctic Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition – a 560-kilometer crossing of the Greenland ice cap on skis in tribute to Fridtjof Nansen, the renowned polar explorer and humanitarian, who completed the first crossing of Greenland 130 years prior.  Their team battled hurricane conditions, heavy snowfalls and illness, but after starting on the west coast on May 4th they arrived in the east coast village of Tasiilaq on June 1st.  Hollie is also the creator of Say Yes To Adventure magazine. It’s filled with inspiring adventure stories and photos.  You can learn more about Hollie and her adventures at holliewoodhouse.com.  Hollie Woodhouse, welcome back to the show.

TPZ164: Adventure Photojournalism and the Volvo Ocean Race with Jen Edney

Volvo Ocean RaceThe Volvo Ocean Race is an around the world sailing race over nine months and 45,0000 nautical miles.  Within each race team is an embedded multimedia journalist whose job is to give the fans on shore a taste of what the race is really like.  It’s one of the toughest jobs in sports media and Jen Edney was one of the ten journalists embedded this year.  Jen is a traveler and adventure storyteller using photography and video and you can learn more about her at www.edneyap.com.  Jen Edney, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ163: Cycling Adventure Update with Adam Sultan

RTW cycling adventure silk roadAdam Sultan first appeared in episode 117 where he talked about his project called #LifeYears aimed at making every single year of his life memorable and unique.  Two years ago, Adam began a multi-year cycling adventure called #RideTheWorld and he’s here to talk about how the adventure has unfolded so far. You can learn more about Adam at his website adamtsultan.com.  Adam Sultan, welcome back to the show.