Hello from February – who saw that one coming, eh?
With January’s swift passage round the first bend of the 2010 track, it felt like it was high time that I touched base to let you in on the plans for my new expedition.
Yes, there is a new expedition. I had thought I would finish off this year and return to the world of teaching, but alas, the call of the wild is too strong to be ignored and with all my school visits and workshops I feel like I am a teacher, just not in a classroom ( I have spoken to 3,000 children in the last 6 months). So I am heading out to find some more stories and chase some more adventures.
Having spent many an afternoon on the ocean thinking of my little boat tracking across the vast blue, I wondered what it would take to go a bit further. And include green bits as well as blue bits. I wondered what it would feel like to cycle across a continent, and how hard it is to survive in a desert or the mountains. With no land in sight and certainly no people for four months, I imagined the feeling of meeting new people and experiencing different cultures around the world. I wondered what it would be like to start and finish a journey in the same place, and include the whole planet on the route plan.
Since coming back to land I have waxed lyrical about my time on the big blue, and shared my tales of the Tweedles and albatrosses, of sunsets and stars – and I yearn to go back out there, and live on the waves again.
So with all this in mind, my next expedition was conceived: ‘London to London: via the World.’ It will see me set out from London next year and head right around the globe, rowing the oceans and cycling ad kayaking the green bits in between. Powered by just muscles and chocolate – no engines or planes, no cars or trains. A row boat, a bike and a canoe – and a few changes of happy socks.
More info to follow while my team (some old, some new) and I beaver away to oil the cogs and finalise the plans.
Meanwhile, if you think you might be able to help, or your might like to hear me talk, then please wing me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
All salty best,
PS Next public talk: National Geographic Store, Regent St, London: February 23rd. 6:30pm No tickets needed – just rock (or row!) up