TPZ162: Cycling the Silk Road with Kate Harris

Kate Harris cycling silk roadIn 2011 Kate Harris and her friend Mel set off from Istanbul to begin a journey on the fabled silk road trading route.  It was an adventure that lasted 10 months and covered nearly 10,000 km as they cycled in 10 different countries as well as the forbidden Tibetan plateau where they skirted checkpoints and did their best to avoid Chinese authorities ultimately completing their journey in the city of Leh in the Indian Himalayas.  You can read about this self-supported adventure in Kate’s new book Lands of Lost Borders – A Journey on the Silk Road and check it out online at  Kate Harris, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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TPZ161: Hitchhiking and Cycling in Africa with Jeff Commissaris

hitchhiking the world with a guitarJeff Commissaris goes on hitchhiking and cycling adventures.  He’s cycled from San Francisco to Seattle and from Colorado to Nashville.  He’s hitchhiked around America and from Colorado to Argentina and most recently hitchhiked Europe then cycled from Tanzania to South Africa.  You can learn more about his adventures at his Facebook page named hitchhiking the world with a guitar.  Jeff Commissaris, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ160: Bikepacking Iceland and Sri Lanka with George Maurer

Bikepacking IcelandEvery year since 2014 George Maurer has gone on an epic bike ride to raise funds for cancer research in memory of his friend Carolyn Held who died from cancer in 2012.  In that time he has raised 45,000 dollars for research at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.  George names his cycling adventures using his age and the destination so in 2016 it was 50 across Iceland and in 2017 it was 51 across Sri Lanka.  This year it will be 52 across Canada.  You can learn more about his adventures at  George Maurer, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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TPZ159: Trekking to K2 Basecamp with Alison Young

Trek to K2 BasecampIn the middle of the Karakorum range in Pakistan is a place called Concordia.  It’s where the Baltoro glacier meets the Godwin-Austen glacier.  It’s a place known as the throne room of the mountain gods because it’s surrounded by four 8,000-meter peaks, one of those being K2 the second highest peak in the world.  In 1994 Alison Young found herself in Islamabad visiting her father who was stationed at the US embassy.  Wanting to trek to Concordia, she was able to tag along on an overland journey with a Dutch and German couple.  It was a difficult and hazardous 25-day trek that you can learn more about at  Alison Young, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ158: Cycling Around the World with Tim Moss

cycling around the worldTim Moss has a new book titled With the Sun on Our Right.  It chronicles the 16-month ‘round-the-world cycle tour he and his wife Laura began in 2013 cycling over 13,000 miles in 26 countries and 4 continents.  Before this, Tim spent 5 years working in the expedition industry supporting expeditions on all 7 continents. His own expeditions have included scaling unclimbed mountains in Kyrgyzstan, Bolivia and Russia and traveling around the world using eighty different methods of transport as well as setting the Guinness World Record for the longest distance cycled in a rickshaw.  You can learn more about Tim and his adventures at where he encourages others to go on adventures and offers The Next Challenge Expedition Grant each year to help them do so.  Tim Moss, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ157: Thru-hiking the Great Plains Trail with Luke Jordan

Great Plains TrailThe Great Plains Trail is a recently established long distance hiking trail in the US.  It stretches for 2,200 miles from the desert of west Texas to the Montana Canadian border.  It crosses 3 National Parks, 3 National Monuments, 10 National Forests and Grasslands, 5 State High Points, and 15 State Parks.  Luke Jordan spent 85 days on the trail in 2016, becoming the first person to thru-hike it.  You can learn more about the trail at and more about Luke at  Luke previously appeared in episode 30 talking about his thru-hike of the North Country Trail.  Luke Jordan, welcome back to the show.

TPZ156: Cycling in the South American Andes with Faye Shepherd

cycling south americaIn October 2016 Faye Shepherd began a 6-month, 5,500-mile cycling adventure through Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.  Starting in La Paz with her teammate Anna McNuff, the two cycled south to Ushuaia on a mostly off-road route through the Andes.  With over 100,000 meters of elevation gain they cycled the equivalent height of Mt. Everest over 10 times while wild camping most of the journey.  As Faye writes in her blog I thought these facts and figures were going to be most important in terms of a ‘sense of accomplishment’, but they’re not. In fact, they seem wholly inconsequential against a backdrop of extraordinary experiences and memories that we have been fortunate enough to be able to create.”  You can learn more about Faye and her adventures at  Faye Shepherd, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Anna McNuff previously appeared in episodes 40 and 97.

TPZ155 : Ultralight on the Appalachian Trail with Chip Vachon

Appalachian trailThis summer Adam “Chip” Vachon will depart on a thru-hike of the Appalachian trail, one of the 11 US national scenic trails extending 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine.  He will start at Khatadin on June 1st and head southbound, planning to complete the hike in 70 days.  He will accomplish this by going ultralight and by hiking well after sunset.  This will be his second time on the AT, having completed 800 miles in 2010.  In this episode we talk about what it takes to prepare for an ultralight and fast thru-hike adventure and the plan is to have Chip back on the show after his hike to tell the story of how it went.  Chip Vachon, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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TPZ154: RTW Overland Motorbike Adventure with Steph Jeavons

Overland Motorbike Steph JeavonsIn March 2014 Steph Jeavons set off on a solo ‘round the world overland journey on her Honda CF250L motorbike.  She completed her adventure 4 years later becoming the first Brit to do so by riding in all 7 continents.  It was an adventure not about the bike or speed, but about living, learning, and enjoying life.  She endured everything from extreme heat to the freezing cold while camping, couch surfing, and staying with fellow bikers.  She is also fundraising for Rally4Life.  An organization dedicated to relieving poverty by providing education, food, and shelter to needy families around the world.  You can learn more about Steph and her adventure at  Steph Jeavons, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ153: Patagonia Horseback Adventure with Stevie Anna

Patagonia Horseback AdventureRaised in Oregon and Texas, Stevie Anna lives for travel and adventure.  While living in a van with her dog Darcie, she traveled to 49 states and she’s guided backcountry horse trips both in Alaska and Minnesota.  She also works as an expedition project manager.  In 2015 she moved to Argentina and began planning – Patagone – an adventure on horseback through Patagonia from the dry steppe to the high mountain passes.  It was an exploration over 3 months and nearly 1,200 miles of the stunning wilderness of Patagonia and it was a way to travel slow and reconnect with the wild elements often missed.  You can learn more about Stevie and the Patagone adventure at her website  Stevie Anna, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.