TPZ197: Cycling and Rowing from Nepal to Indonesia to Summit Carstensz Pyramid with Jelle Veyt

Rowing Indonesia


He is on a mission to use human power to reach the peaks of the seven summits.  After cycling to Nepal and summiting Mt. Everest in 2016, he set out on a new adventure to reach the top of Carstensz Pyramid, the highest peak of Mount Carstensz in the Popua Province of Indonesia.  He began on bicycle from Nepal, crossing India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and ending 9,000 km later in East Java Indonesia.  From there he continued by rowboat another 4,000 km to Papua Province, but because of local violence, he had to hitch a helicopter ride with a climbing expedition team to cover the final 70 km.  It was 2.5 years of training, preparing, cycling and rowing to reach the summit.  You can learn more about his adventures at his website jelleveyt.be.  Jelle Veyt, welcome back to the show.

TPZ194: Cycling the North Sea Cycle Route aka EuroVelo 12 with Laura Kennington

EuroVelo 12


The North Sea Cycle Route extends along the coastline of eight countries bordering the North Sea.  It’s about 6,000 km long and is also known as EuroVelo 12.  It’s a diverse route covering land below sea level in the Netherlands to cliffs over 1,000 meters high in Norway.  Laura Kennington completed this journey over 70 days in the summer of 2018.  She has also recently authored a book titled Kairos, an ancient Greek word meaning the supreme moment, where she shares the stories and lessons learned from her adventures.  You can learn more at lauraexplorer.com.  Laura Kennington, welcome back to the show.

TPZ187: Cycling West Africa with Nikki Ray



Starting in Spain, she cycled 10,000 km across 13 countries to reach Ghana on a bike she built from recycled components.  It was an adventure she called Ready Steady Slow in an effort to remind herself not to rush and to patiently take in everything going on around her.  But going slow can be a difficult challenge when the setbacks begin to mount like colliding with a taxi in Senegal and injuring a knee to cycling through the desert in extreme heat to not having the correct tools to fix a disintegrating wheel.  You can learn more about her journey at her website readysteadyslow.wordpress.com.  Nikki Ray, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ185: Cycle Touring with Scott Sharick



He lived in western New York and Hawaii before moving to Cambodia in 2015 where he explored the country by motorbike.  During his time in Cambodia he suffered a stroke and luckily fully recovered from it.  But the experience made him think he needed to go on a long adventure.    His first big cycle tour was in 1990 across the United States.  Now, he’s on an even longer cycle trip he calls Strokes to Spokes.  Starting in Cambodia his travels have taken him through SE Asia, India, Nepal, and currently Australia.  And as a photographer his camera keeps pulling him in directions he wouldn’t otherwise have gone.  You can learn more at his website adventuresofaregularguy.com.  Scott Sharick, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

Scott’s book on Blurb

TPZ184: Cycling, Packrafting, & Hiking with Alice Bowers



She had an ordinary life as a geography teacher before setting out to live a life of adventure.  She is passionate about traveling and human powered exploration and spent 13 months cycling the length of Australia and New Zealand and then from Indonesia to Nepal.  The journey opened her eyes to the kindness of strangers, but also to the harmful effects humans have on the environment.  She also spent a month paddling the rivers of rural Bangladesh and recently returned home from walking the length of Iceland.  You can learn more at her website alicebowers.com.  Alice Bowers, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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