#7 Kicking the States; it all just stopped being fun

#7 Kicking the States; it all just stopped being fun

We had a really lovely stay with Stephanie. She'd heard about our scoot because she’s in the Love Her Wild group and had offered to host us for a rest day which was hugely appreciated. She lived in a town called Eureka (yep!) which has a huge mansion, an old fashioned...

#6 Kicking the States; a run in with a bear and Big Foot

#6 Kicking the States; a run in with a bear and Big Foot

I had a pretty restless nights sleep at our beachside campsite. Waking up at 12.30am to do a morning radio interview for BBC Solent in the U.K. didn’t help. But I also had some pain in my kidneys and bladder (symptoms of my UTI) which wasn’t nice. I’d started...

#5 Kicking the States; the dreaded UTI

#5 Kicking the States; the dreaded UTI

We’d settled on a route that went south from Portland inland and then cut West to join the coast following the 36 road. People kept telling us how big the hills were and how dangerous the road was via this route. I had started to dread the 2 day, 120km stretch we had...

#4 Kicking the States; feeling grumpy

#4 Kicking the States; feeling grumpy

I was so excited to reach Portland that I could’ve cried. Rest days are such an amazing luxurious thing on an adventure, especially after a tough stretch. A day off to sleep, sit, eat, drink and do anything except scoot...so happy! We were staying with an Israeli...

#3 Kicking the States; a really scary moment!

#3 Kicking the States; a really scary moment!

This stretch has felt really hard on the body, and long. With our increased millage we needed to cover over 55km a day to reach Portland by the weekend. We don’t have much flexibility with dates and if we don’t reach a stop in time then we miss our on press...

Whale and dolphin conservation with Biosphere Expeditions

Whale and dolphin conservation with Biosphere Expeditions

I was sure at one point I wasn’t even going to make it to the Azores. The Eurostar was down to limited service leaving London because of the snow, then strong winds delayed my flight in Lisbon. I eventually found myself in the Azores, but on the wrong island where I...

Paddle Pickup; From 0 to 308km

Paddle Pickup; From 0 to 308km

No matter the distance, no matter the challenge, the last section always seems to be the toughest. My shoulders and lower back were not looking forward to the final 100km on the Paddle Pikcup expedition. And although I was excited about paddling through London, I...

Paddle Pickup expedition; Everything is hurting

Paddle Pickup expedition; Everything is hurting

Oh man, everything hurts! This section of the expedition was a killer. My back is sore, my hips are stiff and my arms are aching. The skin on my hands has worn to sores and my legs are covered in bruises and scratches because, no matter how hard I try, I am incapable...

Paddle Pickup expedition; A nervous start

Paddle Pickup expedition; A nervous start

A lazy morning can only be appreciated in it's fullest after a tough week on an expedition. I am still in my PJ's lying in bed, thinking how good it feels to rest the legs and snuggle into soft bedding. I've got a fuzzy feeling in my belly. Not from the 3 chocolate...