“So, um, tell me again why we’re pedalling through the Sahara in June…”
In 2010 Susie Wheeldon and Jamie Vining rolled back into London complete with stings, bites, leathery skin and thighs of steel. With their co-rider, Iain Henderson, they had set out nine months earlier on a 12,000 mile round the world bike ride, promoting solar power and being tracked using solar nanotechnology.
Only, as Google maps and your thumb are not the most precise tools with which to plan a global circumnavigation, they had instead ridden 13,500 miles across North Africa, past the Himalayas and through some of the Earth’s more pungent road kill. Braving blizzards, tackling thunderstorms and getting blown off the road, they had been chased by dogs, attacked by killer bees and rerouted by the bubonic plague.
Their quest to promote all things solar had seen them followed by the police, accosted by goat herders and giving a talk – from a dog kennel – somewhere in the Deep South of America.
From the painful to the bizarre, this in an account of their journey through France, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and the USA.
This is an account of their trip.
It was one hell of a ride.
All profits from the sale of this book will go to SolarAid, registered UK charity: 1115960