A year ago today we set off from the @acecafelondon_official to try and circumnavigate the globe on a scooter and sidecar. We had no idea how we were going to do that and had never done anything like it before.
Our goal was to use the trip to raise awareness of modern day slavery. We started our awareness raising work on day one with this amazing bunch of people - 65 of you came with us from London to Paris as part of our London to Paris Rally against Modern Day Slavery in support of Unseen's #letsnailit campaign. Since then we've been talking about the issue everywhere we go and meeting organisations that are fighting slavery where they are.
A year on and we're back in the UK getting our Russian visas and gearing up for the toughest part of the journey yet - scooting through a Siberian winter. The bike is currently on its way to Vladivostok, Russia having done a whopping 26,000 miles through 27 countries.
We now have around 12,000 miles left to drive from Vladivostok back to the UK. We know it will be the hardest part of the project to date and we have no idea how long it will take. What we do know is that it will be hilarious to watch so we're going to be sharing it with you slightly differently than before. We'll still be doing our usual posts on Facebook but further to that we'll be running a YouTube channel and doing a proper YouTube mini-series on the journey. At the same time, we'll also be giving you the opportunity to see behind the scenes footage and extra content through a Patreon page.
Patreon works by you becoming our patron and donating a certain amount of money every month to support our work. In return you get behind the scenes footage plus a range of benefits depending on which tier you'd like to be on. So for the price of buying us a coffee to share each month you'll be helping us keep this show on the road and you'll get loads of cool stuff too.
Check out our patreon page on the link in our bio.
106 hours ago
Budapest/Hungarian architecture really is incredible, I could walk around these streets forever 😍
I've been using @mainstream_msx luggage since I set off nine months ago with a traditional four pannier set up, and now that I'm in South East Asia I don't need winter gear and camping equipment so I'm rolling a little lighter. I'm trying out a a hybrid bikepacking rig - bar and tail bags, but still with front panniers - and Vietnam has been kind enough to let me test that these new bags are also 100% waterproof 😉
I absolutely needed the capacity and flexibility of the traditional set up for my previous tour, but I'm enjoying feeling a bit more nimble with this, though I have no excuse not to get up those hills any more...
Any thoughts on traditional versus bikepacking versus a hybrid?
If you're Russian and you haven't been to Nha Trang what kind of 🇷🇺n are you?! Yep. If you're confused by this caption you'd have probay been just as confused as I was to find a gazillion shopfronts in Cyrillic filling this town's CTPИTS. 🤣 (Phonetic English word. Hint: C=S. P=R. И=I.) 😜