For previous blog entries of our ride through NZ, Australia, South East Asia, China and Central Asia, click on the little arrows beside the dates in the Blog Archive below and use the scroll down menu.

Monday, 31 August 2009

Ten Lessons from the Road – Alistair Humphreys

1. You want to do what?
Set yourself an outrageous goal today.
2. Just do it.
Make it harder to ignore your dream than to overcome the risks and obstacles involved.
3. Quitting is not an option. (But failure is.)
Only by going too far will you learn how far you are capable of going.
4. We walk alone.
You are the only one who controls your potential.
5. A bad day is a good day.
Earn the good times.
6. Be brutally honest with yourself.
Do you believe your own excuses?
7. What do you really want?
Does this year matter? Then use it!
8.Think like a goldfish.
Do not think about the end itself. Focus only on the next miniscule step that is needed to keep you moving on in the direction of your goal.
9. Shed a load.
Hit the Road. Get on your bike. Save the Earth. Save yourself.
10. The world is a good place.
Trust. Smile. Boldness and relentless passion will be rewarded

Alastair Humphreys left his home in Yorkshire in 2002 to set off on what would become a 4 year long, 46,000 mile journey across 5 continents.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Media coverage

We are in today´s Evening Times - fame at last! Read all about it at

We should be in the Sunday Post tomorrow and the Motherwell times sometime this week.

Just to let you know, Ben and I will be interviewed about our trip on Sunny Govan FM on Wed 2nd Sep at 10am. Listen online at or in the Glasgow area on 103.5 FM. Turn it up Govan!
We will also be featured in an article in the Daily Record sometime this week hopefully as well as the Westmorland Gazette(for you Cumbrian types). Watch this space.


We have managed to secure sponsorship from camping experts Vango(, who as our main sponsors have kindly agreed to provide us with camping equipment. Vango, suppliers of tents, sleeping bags, rucsacks and camping accessories make some of the best value gear on the market. Years of commitment to outdoor pursuits enthusiasts has helped the company maintain its success for over 40 years. The flawless design and construction of Vango's products make them a company you can rely on. Their gear offers great value for money which is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Ben and I will be using a Vango shadow 200+ tent with Vango ultralite 400 sleeping bags and 3/4 length ultralite self-inflating mats.

Panaracer( will also be donating some of their tough, lightweight ribmos touring tyres for the trip. A big thankyou to you both.

Brooks have provided us with 2 of their super-comfortable suspension saddles. A big thankyou to Steven Green from the company

Thanks also to Nikki Stevens from Rab who sent us 2 lightweight polartec fleece tops