What’s one of the craziest things that have happened on your travels?
Ah there’s so many! I rode over the tail of a two-meter long snake in the rocky mountains once. It veered up and nearly bit my ankle. That was quite scary. I thought it was a stick and went towards the smallest part of the stick to ride over it, but it turned out to be the last 5 cms of a two-meter long snake which was pretty worrying.
I guess you would have been on your own then too making the implications quite serious!
Yeah, there was no support team!
When you’re out on your expeditions, what is some of the essential and non-essential kit you take with you?
I don’t really have any essential kit other than maps, navigation and stuff like that. I always try to take a mascot. When I did the across Europe world record this year, I managed to find a bit of roadkill in Spain in the form of a well… I think it’s a dog, but in my mind it was a wolf. So I picked up the in inverted comma’s wolfs skull, I tied it to my handlebars and called it Pedro and cycled another 2500 miles with him. We had great conversations! Essentials would definitely be some kind of mascot.
Talking of the solitude, do you enjoy the solitude or prefer to attempt things with other people? I know from the swimming side of your challenges you had accompaniment.
Yeah, I much prefer the solo stuff. much much prefer it! I can make my own decisions and I don’t have to worry about everyone else’s wellbeing. One of the toughest things from the swim was to keep the crew motivated to follow, to keep going because it’s quite boring to follow a swimmer, to be honest! It’s very slow going. It’s the only supported thing I’ve done because I had to, but I much prefer the solo stuff.
Oh I don’t know!
Can you disclose it? Does it even exist?
Oh yeah it exists. I’ve got them all written down in a little black book. I keep writing and adding to it.
I’m getting married, and then I would like to do something with my wife. She’s pretty sporty and perhaps some sort of mixed doubles/tandem adventure.