TPZ206: Traveling in Africa & Cycle Racing Across the USA with Alissa

Cycling in Africa

Her travels have taken her all over the world.  Her first big adventure was traveling solo through parts of East and West Africa using public transportation.  She is also into cycle-touring and spent 2.5 months in SE Asia, 5 weeks in Patagonia, and most recently was back in Africa cycling from Luxor Egypt to Khartoum Sudan.  In 2019 she competed in the first Bike Nonstop US race from Portland Oregon to Washington DC.  It was her first experience in an ultra-distance cycling race and she completed it self-supported on her Surly Long Haul Trucker.  Alissa writes about these experiences and more at  Alissa, 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  Ian Packham, welcome back to the show.

Song of the Little Road by Graham Finch

TPZ152: Backpacking Europe with Daniel Alvarez

Backpacking Europe

In the summer of 2017 Daniel Alvarez finished a very long walk across Europe.  He started at the top of Norway and continued south across Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal following various trails including Sweden’s Kungsleden and the Camino de Santiago.  It was a year-long journey covering over 6,000 miles and he writes about this adventure and others at his website  Daniel previously appeared in episode 5 talking about his long-distance kayaking adventure from Minnesota to Florida.  Daniel Alvarez, welcome back to the show.

TPZ116: Rim to Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon with Ted Olson

Rim to Rim to Rim Grand Canyon

Starting at the Bright Angel trailhead in the Grand Canyon National Park, Ted Olson and his daughter hiked rim to rim and back again without camping. It took them 32 hours to hike the 47 miles gaining and losing over 21,000 ft of elevation. This is not an adventure for the unprepared because if you are, there’s a chance you might die. Ted shares his experiences that made his trip a success. Ted Olson, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ114: Walking India with Oli Broadhead & Angus Walker

Walking India Oli Broadhead and Angus Walker
Oli (left) & Angus

For 2 months in the summer of 2015, Oli Broadhead and Angus Walker trekked over 600 miles east to west across southern India from the Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea. They walked 20 miles a day across the diverse landscapes of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala. Oli and Angus are currently students so their budget was low and their kit minimal. They are both aspiring filmmakers and are working on a short film of their adventure. You can learn more at their websites and Oli and Angus, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ101: Walking Wales with Ursula Martin

One woman walks Wales Ursula Martin

In 2011 at age 31, Ursula Martin took time off work to travel in mainland Europe. She kayaked down the Danube river and planned to winter over in Bulgaria, but after a doctor visit for abdominal pain, she learned she had stage 1 ovarian cancer which changed the course of her adventure. To stay close to her UK doctors, she planned a walk around her home country of Wales. She walked for 538 days covering 3,700 miles to raise money for Penny Brohn Cancer Care and Target Ovarian Cancer. You can learn more about her journey at Ursula Martin, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ071: Walking the Coast of South Africa with Grant Christie

Grant Christie 6 Million Steps

Grant Christie walked the entire length of the South African coastline as part of his Six Million Steps expedition. It was a 3500 km adventure over 250 days inspired by a love of nature and a dissatisfaction with ordinary living. Grant hopes to inspire people to chase their dreams and to motivate them to a higher ideal of conservation and you can learn more at his website Grant Christie, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ045: 1000-Mile Donkey Adventure with Hannah Engelkamp

Walking with donkey Hannah Engelkamp

When Hannah Engelkamp learned of the recently opened Wales Coastal Pathway that would connect to the Offa’s Dyke Path, she hatched a plan to spend half of 2013 walking 1000-miles around Wales. A grand journey in its own right, but Hannah spiced it up a bit by traveling with a companion – an eccentric donkey named Chico. The pathways were off limits to Chico, so the two trekked over bike paths and country roads. Hannah plans a book and a movie of the adventure she calls Seaside Donkey and you can read more about it at Hannah Engelkamp, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ034: Walking the World with Caroline Moireaux

piedslibres Caroline Moireaux

In June of 2011, Caroline Moireaux set off from her hometown in France to begin a ten-year, 70,000 kilometer walk around the world.  Her chosen route will take her through 45 countries and she may choose to bike or canoe sections of the journey when necessary, but plans no motorized modes of transportation.  After this winter break she sets off again in 2014 to cross Russia and you can follow her travels at her website  Caroline Moireaux, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ011: A Walk Across Turkey with Matt Krause

Walking across Turkey

My next guest found himself at a crossroads after leaving his corporate job and splitting up with his wife.  Instead of taking the path of the stereotypical midlife crisis, he opted for the path less traveled and decided to take a walk.  Not just any walk, a really long walk – a 1305-mile walk across Turkey.  For 20 years, Matt Krause had something bigger in mind and this walk would be the first part of that bigger thing.  Check out Matt’s journey at or  Matt Krause, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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