Adventure travel show Interviewing people that dream big, get out of their comfort zones, and take on ambitious pursuits. People that have positive and interesting stories to tell. Travelers, adventure athletes, authors, filmmakers, or volunteers in remote parts of the world. These are just a few of many examples. The Pursuit Zone serves to inspire and challenge people to escape their comfort zones by combining their dreams and ambition with a healthy dose of pursuit.
Cycling the Iron Curtain Trail aka Eurovelo 13 with Laura Scott
At the age of 22 she had a spinal injury that ended her dreams of becoming an athlete. Through a lot of pain, disappointment and treatment she slowly got better. Two years later she wanted to prove to herself that she could still achieve big goals so she set out to cycle the Iron Curtain Trail also known as Eurovelo 13. The route took her from Norway on the Barents Sea through 19 countries ending on the Black Sea at the Turkish-Bulgarian border. It was 5 months and 5,600 miles of cycling a diverse range of landscapes, cultures, and climates. You can read more about her adventure at cyclingtheironcurtain.wordpress.com. Laura Scott, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Kayaking the Amazon River with Olie Hunter Smart
In 2015, with his friend Tarran, he completed a kayaking adventure along the Amazon River, traveling from the headwaters of the Rio Mantaro, high in the Peruvian Andes, to the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil. It was 400 miles of trekking followed by 3,600 miles of kayaking for 4.5 months. You can learn more about Olie and his adventures at oliehuntersmart.com. Olie Hunter Smart, welcome back to the show.
Olie appeared first in TPZ episode 204 about his walk across India
I interviewed West Hansen about his Amazon adventure in TPZ episode 038
Cycling England to Australia with Josiah Skeats
The first part of his 40,000-kilometer cycling journey took him from England to Tbilisi Georgia. After a winter break in England earning money, he reunited with his bike and continued through central Asia along the Pamir highway and into the Whakan Valley. He was denied a visa to China so he chose to cycle India from south to north. His adventure continued into Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and down Australia from Darwin to Adelaide enduring the relentless heat of the Outback. It was 775 days on the road with a budget of $5.40 a day. Check out Josiah and his other adventures include sailing across the Indian Ocean and hiking across Europe at josiahskeats.com. Josiah Skeats, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Cycle Touring Across the USA with Anna Welch
In the summer of 2019, Anna Welch traveled from New Zealand to San Francisco to begin cycling across the United States. She was inspired by the Kate Harris book Lands of Lost Borders – A Journey on the Silk Road. She wanted to see a cross-section of American culture and geography in a way that tested her mental and physical limits. She followed the Western Express and Trans Am routes, using maps from the Adventure Cycling Association completing her journey to Yorktown Virginia in 83 days. Anna says the best thing about the whole adventure was how cycling facilitated a connection to the landscape and the people. You can learn more at thesevariousadventures.wordpress.com. Anna Welch, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Anna's presentation on YouTube
My Kate Harris interview - Episode 162
Cycle Touring with Eric and Maudi from Wheels to Wander
In 2018 they began a long cycling adventure, heading east from their home country the Netherlands. Some of the places they have cycled include Turkey, Iran, Oman, and Japan. They’ve experienced the extremes of the high mountain passes through central Asia and the heat and humidity of SE Asia. Along the way they captured these moments with their cameras and created some of the best cycling videos on YouTube. Their channel is called Wheels to Wander and you can find them at their website wheelstowander.com. Eric and Maudi, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
The Big Africa Cycle - Peter Gostelow's blog
Sailing the Pacific and Cycling Across the USA with Simon Parker
He lives a life of adventure as a travel writer and broadcast journalist, reporting from over 100 countries in the past decade. Back in 2016 he sailed and cycled from China to London in 133 days. The main legs of this journey were a 28-day yacht race across the North Pacific then cycling across the USA in 49 days before getting back into the race on a different crew and sailing 11 days across the North Atlantic from New York to Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland. His latest creation is a video series titled Earth Cycle. In the first season he cycles 2000 miles in Norway and Sweden, interviewing locals and shining a light on environmental issues. You can learn more about Simon at simonwparker.co.uk. Simon Parker, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.
Simon's TedX Talk
BBC Radio Documentary for the Sailing & Cycling Adventure
My favourite podcast; though US based its interviewees are from all over the world, great interviews with great adventurers