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78 minutes | 4 months ago
TPZ206: Traveling in Africa & Cycle Racing Across the USA with Alissa
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 exploringwild.com. Alissa, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
68 minutes | 5 months ago
TPZ202: Cycling Sweden to New Zealand with Ann Johansson
She left her job as a graphic designer and traveled to New Zealand to start her first bicycle tour. But when it was over, she knew she wanted more. A few years later in 2015 she cycled away from her home in Sweden with the plan to ride back to New Zealand. The journey took her through Europe, Turkey, and Iran before ending with an injured foot on the Pamir highway in Tajikistan. Back in Sweden after 4 months of recovery, she began again on a new route that would take her across Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and Australia. Near the end of 2017, after 36,000 km, she cycled into Wellington New Zealand marking the end of her amazing adventure. You can learn more at her website mairawa.com. Ann Johansson, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
69 minutes | 5 months ago
TPZ201: Long-Distance Hiking in Europe with Karma & Scott
Karma is from Sweden and Scott from New Zealand. They have a passion for long-distance hiking and exploring the world. Not wanting to be owned by their stuff, they sold everything but the packs on their backs and in 2019 began a multi-year trek from North Cape at the top of Norway toward Bluff at the bottom of New Zealand. So far, their journey has taken them through 8 countries. They traveled through the UK during winter then into France and Spain where the adventure was paused in March 2020. You can learn more about them and their adventures at rebootlife.me. Karma and Scott, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
54 minutes | 6 months ago
TPZ200 Bonus - Where are they now?
Enjoy this bonus episode in celebration of reaching 200 episodes. 24 previous guests sent in recordings of what they are doing now.
54 minutes | 6 months ago
TPZ200: Building a Bike-Car and Cycling across Canada with Paul Everitt
Back in 2006 while snowboarding in the French Alps, he met some backpackers and became fascinated with their lifestyle and tales of travel and adventure. Soon after, he quit his job and spent a year working and traveling Australia. A few years later, while backpacking and volunteering in Central America, he decided to retire the backpack and begin traveling in other ways. First, he built a bike-car that seats two cyclists in the front and two in the back. Its maiden voyage was from the UK to Italy and after some modifications he cycled it across Canada and partway down the west coast of the US. Since then he has gone on to do many more adventures including kayaking the Inside Passage. You can learn more about Paul and his adventures at going-solo.co.uk. Paul Everitt, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
77 minutes | 6 months ago
TPZ199: Cycling Alaska to Argentina with Radu Păltineanu
At age 15 he emigrated with his parents from Romania to Montreal Canada. He studied software engineering at University, but after graduation he decided to take another path in life. He left on a 9-month adventure to cycle the Americas from the top of Alaska to the bottom of South America, a 34,000 km journey that ultimately lasted more than 3 years. For this he was awarded the European Adventurer of the year in 2018. You can learn more at his website radupaltineanu.com. Radu Păltineanu, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
51 minutes | 6 months ago
TPZ198: Trekking across Madagascar with Chaz Powell
In August 2019, he began a 780 km trek across Madagascar. Joined by three team members, the goal was to walk east to west along Madagascar’s longest river, the Mangoky. The journey was 29 days through jungles and across mountain ranges while avoiding crocodiles and the threat of armed bandits. Part of the adventure is to raise funds and awareness for the loss of wildlife and wild lands across Africa by working with the African Wildlife Foundation. You can learn more about Chaz and his adventures at thewildestjourney.com. Chaz Powell, welcome back to the show.
69 minutes | 7 months ago
TPZ197: Cycling and Rowing from Nepal to Indonesia to Summit Carstensz Pyramid with Jelle Veyt
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.
54 minutes | 7 months ago
TPZ196: Working at McMurdo Station in Antarctica with Zach and Leah
They saved their money and quit their jobs to begin traveling the world with the goal of reaching all seven continents. Their fourth continent, Antarctica, is an expensive place to get to so they applied for jobs at McMurdo station, a US Antarctic research base with a summer population of about 1,200 people. You can learn more about their 5 months at McMurdo and their other travels at their website peregrination-travel.com as well their YouTube channel Peregrination. Zach and Leah, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
54 minutes | 7 months ago
TPZ195: Trekking Across Iceland in Winter with Łukasz Supergan
His passion is undertaking expeditions through the mountains, thousands of kilometers long, on foot and usually alone. These journeys provide an opportunity to look within and ponder life’s most profound questions. For more than 2 decades he has walked over 20,000 km through mountain ranges in Europe and Asia. In 2004 he did a first ever solo thru-hike of the Carpathian Mountains and in 2014 he hiked through the Zagros mountains in Iran. Inspired by a summer adventure in Iceland, he returned to Iceland in 2020 to complete an east to west crossing in winter. You can learn more at his website lukaszsupergan.com. Lukasz Supergan, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
33 minutes | 7 months ago
TPZ194: Cycling the North Sea Cycle Route aka EuroVelo 12 with Laura Kennington
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.
61 minutes | 8 months ago
TPZ193: From England to Norway in a Converted Lifeboat with Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel
In February 2018, architects Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel bought a marine survival lifeboat and spent a year converting it for a four-month, 5000 km voyage to the Arctic. Along with a dog named Shackleton, they traveled from the UK to Tromsø, the largest city in the Arctic, situated far north in the Norwegian Fjords. The aim of the expedition was to design a self-sufficient boat capable of taking on the harsh environments, explore the wild and isolated Arctic landscape, and document the adventure through photography and film. You can learn more at the website arctic-lifeboat.com. Guylee and David, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
43 minutes | 8 months ago
TPZ192: Trekking the Kanuku Mountains in Guyana with Lucy Shepherd
Over the past decade she has done many adventures which have taken her to the Arctic, the Haute route, Bolivian high peaks, Denali, and Iceland to name a few. Her first time in the Amazon jungle was a short trip to Guyana in 2014. She went back in 2020 with the mission to cross the Kanuku mountain range. With a small group of Amerindian tribe members, the team completed the crossing after a few weeks in the mountains. They encountered jaguars, bushmaster snakes and bullet ants. You can learn more about Lucy and her adventures at lucyshepherd.net. Lucy Shepherd, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
41 minutes | 8 months ago
TPZ191: Winter Trekking in Lapland, Northern Finland with Rachel Frei Bandieri
She is a Swiss outdoor explorer that likes the challenge of winter adventure. She has competed in 2 arctic winter races in Finland, the Rovaniemi 150 and 300, as well as the Arrowhead 135 winter endurance race in northern Minnesota. In February 2019 she set out on an expedition called Arctic 1000, a 1000 km solo and unsupported trek in Lapland, the northern most region of Finland. Her planned route was from the Lapland capital Rovaniemi to Lake Inari and back, but due to equipment troubles her journey ended at 700 km on day 20. You can learn more about her adventures at her website thestridersadventures.blogspot.com. Rachel Frei Bandieri, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
60 minutes | 8 months ago
TPZ190: Travel Blogging with Sofie Couwenbergh
In the summer of 2012, while working a regular job and in search of a creative outlet, she decided to combine her passion for writing and travel to create the blog WonderfulWanderings.com. Little did she know less than 3 years later, she would quit that regular job to focus on the blog full time to serve a community of travelers. Beginning this year, she left her home base in Belgium and set off on an adventure to visit a new destination every month to try the location-independent lifestyle and perhaps in the end discover a new home base. You can learn more at her website WonderfulWanderings.com. Sofie Couwenbergh, welcome to The Pursuit Zone. Sofie's article on Chris Guillebeau's site Sofie on the Side Hustle School podcast
68 minutes | 8 months ago
TPZ189: Sailing, Cycling, Motorbiking and Vanlife Adventures with Huub van der Mark
While in Kyrgyzstan in 2018 he bought a Russian-made 1987 UAZ-452 van. After converting it into a campervan he drove off to explore central Asia, Iran, and Pakistan. After Pakistan, he shipped the van to Argentina where he has begun a multi-year road trip to Alaska. But before all of this, he lived on sailboats, cycled the length of New Zealand, and rode a motorcycle through Vietnam. You can learn more about these adventures at his YouTube channel Huub Vlogs. Huub van der Mark, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
68 minutes | 9 months ago
TPZ188: Adventure Racing with Holly Budge
She is one of the UKs most accomplished female adventurers whose achievements include summitting both Ama Dablam and Mount Everest, racing 1000 km across Mongolia on horseback, and completing the 243 km Kathmandu Coast to Coast race on New Zealand’s South Island. She is also the founder of How Many Elephants. An organization which raises the awareness of the plight of elephants in Africa and raises funds for anti-poaching projects. You can learn more at her website hollybudge.com. Holly Budge, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
85 minutes | a year ago
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.
50 minutes | a year ago
TPZ186: Trekking in Sweden with Anna Blackwell
She’s trekked across the wilderness of Arctic Sweden, walked 1,600 km along ancient pilgrimage routes in France and Spain, summitted Mt. Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, paddled a tandem kayak 4,000 km from London to the Black Sea coast in Romania, and most recently completed an adventure she calls The Green Ribbon, a 1,000 km solo trek along the length of the mountains between Norway and Sweden. You can learn more at her website annablackwell.co.uk. Anna Blackwell, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
79 minutes | a year ago
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
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