|Photo by Antony Crook|
So beardy, so bikey. My similarly beardy and bikey manfriend made me watch the below video of Londoner James Bowthorpe on his 2009 round-the-world bike trip, which raised money for a Parkinson's charity. The 18,000-mile trip took him 175 days, breaking the previous world record by twenty days (set in 2008 by fellow foxy bikey beard-haver, Scotsman Mark Beaumont). That comes out to an average of over 100 miles a day!
I got a bit worked up by Bowthorpe's seemingly spandex-free biking style… Plus I generally go weak at the thought of isolated, weary, lonely, quest-driven men bundled up against the elements, struggling mightily. Graaar! Check out the video of the Norway leg of his epic trip, music by the manfriend's favorite band, Mogwai:
And here's a short interview, for anyone who wants to learn more about the trip: