If you’ve gotten sidetracked thinking bicycle touring is all about counting kilometers and subjecting yourself to as much misery as possible, a browse around Blazing Saddles will remind you that cycling is meant to be fun. These guys reallly know how to have a good time on a bike.
Henry Brydon and Jamie King are on an epic charity ride from London to Sydney to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research and the MS Society. Having been personally affected by these diseases, they feel very passionate about the charities they are supporting.
A look thorough their online journal is guaranteed to bring laughs . As someone over 40, I was reminded of what life was like as recent college graduates before life got twisted into something so serious.
This is a real guy trip. Proof of this being that Henry and Jamie’s longest period without a bath or shower is 27 days. I’m pretty sure this merits recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Here’s an excerpt from one of their recent updates:
Finally a moment of pride….. As we took on our hardest climb of the trip over the Kosovon mountains into Montenegro ( 6 hour 25km beast) the devil appeared, disguised as a friendly white van man and offered us the forbidden fruit of a lift to the top. Knackered and flagging we were proudly unhesitant in our united response of thanks but no thanks. The devil looked bemused and drove on. We have been rewarded with some of the most stunning scenery and downhill that seems to of gone on for days through the lush and mountainous Montenegrin countryside.
The guys are also master video makers. The combination of great music and their crazy bicycle touring antics is unbeatable.
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Blazing Saddles is inspired by Alastair Humphreys, author of “Moods of Future Joys” and William Shedd’s quote “ships are safe in the harbour but that’s not what ships are built for”