TPZ149: Bicentennial National Trail on Wild Horses with Alienor Le Gouvello

Bicentennial National Trail
Photo credit: Cat Vinton


The Bicentennial National Trail stretches over 5,000 km and crosses some of eastern Australia’s most remote and spectacular landscapes.  It took 13 months for Alienor Le Gouvello and her 3 horses – Roxanne, River and Cooper – to complete the trail making her the first person to finish it on wild horses.  Before setting out she had to break and train these wild horses, known as brumbies, with the help of the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association.  Alienor also traveled to Mongolia to compete in the 6-day 480 km Gobi Desert Cup endurance race on Mongolian horses where she finished in first place.  You can learn more about Alienor and her adventures on Facebook at wild.at.heart.australia.  Alienor Le Gouvello, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ001: Adventure in New Zealand, Australia, and SE Asia with Jess on a Whim

Traveling New Zealand and SE Asia


In 2011, my next guest surprised even herself by quitting an enviable office job, hugging friends goodbye, and leaving New York City after six years. She went home to California to regroup, wondered what she was doing with her life, and then got herself a work visa and an outlandishly expensive plane ticket for New Zealand.  She spent 12 months living and working on New Zealand’s south island, traveling Southeast Asia, and becoming the most hesitant extreme-adventure connoisseur in the world.  I guess you could say she did it all on a whim.  Jess, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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