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Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:23 am

In this thread let us introduce world travellers going about it in a manner we can only hope to aspire to .
Check this site out-
http://www.constanttrek.com/index.php/
Currently taking a break in Melbourne from her Saharan trek, Australian adventurer Paula Constant began walking from Trafalgar Square, London, in 2004. Since then, she has walked over 12,000 kilometres, through France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali and Niger. Since September 2005, Paula has walked with camels and nomadic guides, - over 7000km through the North African Sahara.


Who needs GAP tours when you can just walk it yourself. :wink:
An amazing story.Let's hope she continues.
Anyone got another great traveller to add here?
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Postby thetravelingbee » Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:54 pm

Very cool, Jim! Thanks for sharing!!
"Not all those who wander are lost."
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Postby jimshu » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:06 pm

Some girls are real tough eh?
I do hope others will post about travellers doing it in their own unique way.
Inspiration to us all.

Now here's a link to guys who retraced Marco Polo's by motorcycle.Great blogs and heaps of photos.
http://worldbybike.com/silkriders/
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Postby Talyn_Hysteriod » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:58 pm

Has anyone ever read the book 'Hitching Rides with Buddha' by Will Ferguson? It is also known as Hokaido Highway Blues. Ferguson is a Canadian author who lived in Japan for several years, and the book is about his 1,800-mile hitchkiging journey following the cherry blossom blooms from one end of Japan to the other. Quite humerous.

http://www.willferguson.ca/books/hitching.html
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Postby jimshu » Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:15 pm

Sounds like just the sort of book our travellers here would want to read before setting off for Japan.
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:18 pm

More for you motorbike fanatics here-
http://www.travelcentre.com.au/travel/r ... russia.htm

and here-
http://dreamers1.com/russia/Practicalit ... Report.htm

Three local Melbourne lads decided that a traditional 'mid-life' crisis was not for them!
With Family permissions, and much planning, their journey began. London to Vladivostok via Scandinavia!

Here follows some emails received whilst on the road...Read and dream!
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby chardonais » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:06 pm

Isn't Wil Ferguson the guy that wrote "How to be a Canadian"? I only read parts, but it was funny! Maybe you have to be Canadian to appreciate it.......
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby Talyn_Hysteriod » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:40 am

Yup, he wrote that one too, along with "Why I Hate Canadians", which is more of a satirical look at the country and it's politics (and no, he doesn't really hate Canadians). He wrote another travel book too, called "Beauty Tips from Moosejaw", which tells of his visits to cities and towns (sometimes very, very small hamlets) right accross the country. I actually learned more about Canadian history from that book than most history books back in school.
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby Norm » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:00 pm

Karl Bushby is trekking from the southern tip of South America back to his home in England.
http://goliath.mail2web.com/
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:09 pm

Wowwww!!!
Noreen and Norm.
I can't think of much else to say about Karl.Amazing.And we can all follow his adventures at that site.
Thanks for that.
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:31 am

I'm reading a very interesting book,'The Cruelest Journey' written by Kira Salak.Describing her amazing and scary journey along the Niger .600 Miles from Bamako to Timbuktu,by kayak !

Salak's July 2002 trip was inspired by the journeys of Mungo Park, the 18th-century Scottish explorer who is credited with being the first Westerner to discover the Niger River. Park published an account of his expedition, Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, in 1799 only to die seven years later during a return trip to the Niger. Reading Park's narrative during her own journey, Salak was struck by how little had changed in the two centuries separating their expeditions.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... kayak.html

For anyone contermplating Mali as a travel destination, this book is a must read.
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby jimshu » Mon May 12, 2008 8:39 pm

I really had to let you all know about this event.What a way to go,-cross country cycling through the deserts of Damaraland, Namibia.!
Way to go!
A charity cycling event to raise funds to save Rhinos in Africa.Incredible.
http://www.savetherhino.org/eTargetSRIN ... fault.aspx

A great way to travel and to do some good at the same time.
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Postby jimshu » Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:47 pm

Agree or disagree with his theories,but we really have to admire the spirit of Lovelock who at the age of 90, later this year , will be a guest of Richard Branson on his trip into space!
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg2 ... print=true
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Re: Unique travellers we can all admire.

Postby JaliscoJudy » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:02 pm

I admire most my 87-year-old mother who has traveled the world on her own and on a shoestring budget.

She thought her traveling days were over until she got one of those cool walkers with wheels, brakes, a seat, and a basket before heading out to the Yucatan with her daughters.

She was so energized by getting back in the game that she started writing a new travel column called "Have Walker Will Travel." If you are interested, you can read her articles online here: http://www.chapala.com/chapala/columnis ... alker.html
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Postby jimshu » Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:21 pm

Nice to hear this Judy.That picture is quite a statement!
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