Two books. One a novel. One photographic. Chronicling the epic story of a four year, 40,000km worldcycle adventure. Now fundraising on Kickstarter…
The ride is over. The worldcycle came to an end this summer when I rode into England, full circle, after four years on the road. But, a dream of mine, ever since setting off on my bike in 2011, has been to capture the world from the roadside, to one day publish the photography and write the story of all the highs and hardships of the adventure, my past and my struggle with mental health.Well, today that dream grows one step closer. A new Kickstarter project has gone live featuring two potential books: one the story of the ride and one a collection of selected photos and tales…
Lost, without food or water and left for dead in the 50’c heats of the Kazakh desert. Stuffed inside a frozen sleeping bag, surrounded by carcasses, in the meat larder of a Tibetan farmhouse. Learning to fight fires with gunslingers in the Aussie outback. Getting hit by a car and chased by men with crowbars through the streets of Malaysia and downing vodka and horsemeat with Russian truck drivers in the back of desert convoy. These are just a few moments from The Lifecycle story.
Inspired by books such as Wild,A Thousand Dawns chronicles a ride around the earth and a journey into the depths of the mind. Weaving tales of childhood and the struggles of adolescence into the story of over a thousand days lived in the saddle. A book full of wonder, revelations, fears and acceptance: for who we are and what we can achieve.
The adventure raised thousands for charity, crossing thirty countries over forty thousand painful kilometres. I ran out of money countless times, slept in abandoned buildings, worked on fruit farms and in aboriginal communities to keep going and lost a bike to two car crashes.
But still, thanks to the kindness of strangers, local farmers and families and the support of followers around the world I managed to keep going, headed always east, until I reached London again.
Along the way, told through chapters in the book, tales formed of tents getting ripped open in the night, bribing cops on Croatian highways, getting caught in alpine snow storms and being chased by packs of dogs in the dark through Greece.
From struggles with depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and a troubled childhood to the excitement of getting on a bicycle day after day, sleeping wild, crossing strange landscapes and meeting even stranger characters, this is a story about overcoming demons on a journey into the unknown, not just by bike, but through life.
The Photobook: Lifecycle
Accompanying the novel is a hard backed, high print photographic book. 100+ pages of the journey told through a collection of incredible landscapes and faces, from greek gypsy settlements to central asian burial grounds, the jungles of Old China to the storm strewn heights of the Grand Canyon: a beautiful selection from 4 years of photography.
Among the photos will be short chapters and fun tales telling the stories behind the image and the journey I took in capturing them: a lighter, more wanderlust look at the world cycle.
The selection is a mixture of the cultures I encountered and the lifestyle of cycle touring and roadside adventure – from unique camping spots to changes to the bike and other travellers I met along the way.
Checkout the official Kickstarter project page here.