TPZ182: Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador with Justin Barbour

Justin Barbour

With his dog Saku, he explores the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  In 2017 they crossed Newfoundland – 700 km by foot, snowshoe, and packraft.  In 2018 with the support from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Mountain Equipment Coop, they began a crossing over the Labrador Peninsula on foot and by canoe.  It was a 1,700 km dream project and a way to share some of these last undeveloped wilderness areas.  In the end, their goal of reaching the shores of Hudson Bay fell short by 700 km as high winds pinned them down for 28 days.  You can learn more about these journeys at newfoundlandexplorer.com.  Justin Barbour, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Justin Barbour’s YouTube Channel
Justin Barbour’s Instagram


TPZ181: Cycling in Asia and Creating YouTube Videos with Adam Hugill

Adam Hugill cycling the world

The cycling books he read fueled his passion for travel and adventure.  The mountains of South America, the deserts of Africa, the freezing tundra of Siberia became the backdrop of his daydreams.  In 2018, after 12 years in the British Army, he left that life behind to begin cycling to these far way places.  Since then, his desire to tell his story through video has grown and he’s steadily improving his filmmaking craft as he cycles his way around the world.  You can learn more at his website adamhugill.com and at his YouTube channel Adam Hugill – Cycling the World.  Adam Hugill, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Scott Sharek Photography

Adventures of a Regular Guy

mrpumpy.net


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.

Walking the Zambezi River with Chaz Powell : TPZ 141

Zambezi RiverFor over a decade, Chaz Powell has been backpacking in remote places around the world. Starting in August 2016, Chaz began an attempt to walk the length of the Zambezi river starting at the source near Kalene Hills in northwestern Zambia. He walked for nearly 1,300 miles in 97 days through one the most remote parts of the world, most of the time alone and self-supported. The goal was to reach the Indian Ocean, but Chaz fell short by 600 miles due to the dangers of traveling through Mozambique. His main goal is to raise money and awareness for wildlife conservation throughout Africa and to highlight the growing concerns of wildlife crimes across the globe. He is supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and you can learn more about Chaz and his adventures at thewildestjourney.com. Chaz Powell, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Cycling Around the World with Leigh Timmis : TPZ 140

RTW cycling around the worldIn the summer of 2010, Leigh Timmis pedaled away from his home in England to begin an around the world cycling adventure. Somewhere along the way he realized that cycling every painstaking and dangerous mile of the journey is not as important as enjoying it. Leigh cycled in support of the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, a charity that provides week-long holidays to children in need. After 7 years Leigh wrapped up his adventure a few days ago and you can learn more about it at his website pedal360.com. Leigh Timmis, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Hitchhiking Argentina to Alaska with Steve & Jo Dew-Jones : TPZ 139

hitchhiking BrazilIn March 2014, Steve and Jo Dew-Jones traveled to the bottom of South America and began hitchhiking north. In November, they arrived in Homer Alaska after traveling over 26,000 miles with 392 drivers. Their only rule was to hitchhike and not use paid transportation. They wrote a book about the adventure titled The Rule of Thumb 2 which you can learn more about at ruleofthumb2.wordpress.com. Steve and Jo, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.