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TPZ166: Vietnam Motorcycle Adventure with William Shears

[caption id="attachment_1384" align="alignright" width="300"] William Shears on left[/caption] Having never ridden a motorcycle, William Shears traveled to Vietnam to begin a roughly 1,200-mile motorbike adventure from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh. He bought a second hand 110cc Honda he called Black Rose and set off on the Ho Chi Minh Highway with a camera to capture the journey. You’ll find it on YouTube in a video titled How to Motorbike Vietnam and you can learn more about William at his...


TPZ165: Skiing the Greenland Ice Cap with Hollie Woodhouse

Out of almost 200 applicants, Hollie Woodhouse along with 3 other young explorers were selected to take on the 2018 Antarctic Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition – a 560-kilometer crossing of the Greenland ice cap on skis in tribute to Fridtjof Nansen, the renowned polar explorer and humanitarian, who completed the first crossing of Greenland 130 years prior. Their team battled hurricane conditions, heavy snowfalls and illness, but after starting on the west coast on May 4th...


TPZ164: Adventure Photojournalism and the Volvo Ocean Race with Jen Edney

The Volvo Ocean Race is an around the world sailing race over nine months and 45,0000 nautical miles. Within each race team is an embedded multimedia journalist whose job is to give the fans on shore a taste of what the race is really like. It’s one of the toughest jobs in sports media and Jen Edney was one of the ten journalists embedded this year. Jen is a traveler and adventure storyteller using photography and video and you can learn more about her at Jen Edney,...


TPZ163: Cycling Adventure Update with Adam Sultan

Adam Sultan first appeared in episode 117 where he talked about his project called #LifeYears aimed at making every single year of his life memorable and unique. Two years ago, Adam began a multi-year cycling adventure called #RideTheWorld and he’s here to talk about how the adventure has unfolded so far. You can learn more about Adam at his website Adam Sultan, welcome back to the show.


TPZ162: Cycling the Silk Road with Kate Harris

In 2011 Kate Harris and her friend Mel set off from Istanbul to begin a journey on the fabled silk road trading route. It was an adventure that lasted 10 months and covered nearly 10,000 km as they cycled in 10 different countries as well as the forbidden Tibetan plateau where they skirted checkpoints and did their best to avoid Chinese authorities ultimately completing their journey in the city of Leh in the Indian Himalayas. You can read about this self-supported adventure in Kate’s...


TPZ161: Hitchhiking and Cycling in Africa with Jeff Commissaris

Jeff Commissaris goes on hitchhiking and cycling adventures. He’s cycled from San Francisco to Seattle and from Colorado to Nashville. He’s hitchhiked around America and from Colorado to Argentina and most recently hitchhiked Europe then cycled from Tanzania to South Africa. You can learn more about his adventures at his Facebook page named hitchhiking the world with a guitar. Jeff Commissaris, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


TPZ160: Bikepacking Iceland and Sri Lanka with George Maurer

Every year since 2014 George Maurer has gone on an epic bike ride to raise funds for cancer research in memory of his friend Carolyn Held who died from cancer in 2012. In that time he has raised 45,000 dollars for research at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. George names his cycling adventures using his age and the destination so in 2016 it was 50 across Iceland and in 2017 it was 51 across Sri Lanka. This year it will be 52 across Canada. You can learn more about his adventures at...


TPZ159: Trekking to K2 Basecamp with Alison Young

In the middle of the Karakorum range in Pakistan is a place called Concordia. It’s where the Baltoro glacier meets the Godwin-Austen glacier. It’s a place known as the throne room of the mountain gods because it’s surrounded by four 8,000-meter peaks, one of those being K2 the second highest peak in the world. In 1994 Alison Young found herself in Islamabad visiting her father who was stationed at the US embassy. Wanting to trek to Concordia, she was able to tag along on an overland...


TPZ158: Cycling Around the World with Tim Moss

Tim Moss has a new book titled With the Sun on Our Right. It chronicles the 16-month ‘round-the-world cycle tour he and his wife Laura began in 2013 cycling over 13,000 miles in 26 countries and 4 continents. Before this, Tim spent 5 years working in the expedition industry supporting expeditions on all 7 continents. His own expeditions have included scaling unclimbed mountains in Kyrgyzstan, Bolivia and Russia and traveling around the world using eighty different methods of transport as...


TPZ157: Thru-hiking the Great Plains Trail with Luke Jordan

The Great Plains Trail is a recently established long distance hiking trail in the US. It stretches for 2,200 miles from the desert of west Texas to the Montana Canadian border. It crosses 3 National Parks, 3 National Monuments, 10 National Forests and Grasslands, 5 State High Points, and 15 State Parks. Luke Jordan spent 85 days on the trail in 2016, becoming the first person to thru-hike it. You can learn more about the trail at and more about Luke at


TPZ 156: Cycling in the South American Andes with Faye Shepherd

In October 2016 Faye Shepherd began a 6-month, 5,500-mile cycling adventure through Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Starting in La Paz with her teammate Anna McNuff, the two cycled south to Ushuaia on a mostly off-road route through the Andes. With over 100,000 meters of elevation gain they cycled the equivalent height of Mt. Everest over 10 times while wild camping most of the journey. As Faye writes in her blog “I thought these facts and figures were going to be most important in terms of...


TPZ155 : Ultralight on the Appalachian Trail with Chip Vachon

This summer Adam “Chip” Vachon will depart on a thru-hike of the Appalachian trail, one of the 11 US national scenic trails extending 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. He will start at Khatadin on June 1st and head southbound, planning to complete the hike in 70 days. He will accomplish this by going ultralight and by hiking well after sunset. This will be his second time on the AT, having completed 800 miles in 2010. In this episode we talk about what it takes to prepare for an...


TPZ154: RTW Overland Motorbike Adventure with Steph Jeavons

In March 2014 Steph Jeavons set off on a solo ‘round the world overland journey on her Honda CF250L motorbike. She completed her adventure 4 years later becoming the first Brit to do so by riding in all 7 continents. It was an adventure not about the bike or speed, but about living, learning, and enjoying life. She endured everything from extreme heat to the freezing cold while camping, couch surfing, and staying with fellow bikers. She is also fundraising for Rally4Life. An organization...


TPZ153: Patagonia Horseback Adventure with Stevie Anna

Raised in Oregon and Texas, Stevie Anna lives for travel and adventure. While living in a van with her dog Darcie, she traveled to 49 states and she’s guided backcountry horse trips both in Alaska and Minnesota. She also works as an expedition project manager. In 2015 she moved to Argentina and began planning – Patagone - an adventure on horseback through Patagonia from the dry steppe to the high mountain passes. It was an exploration over 3 months and nearly 1,200 miles of the stunning...


6,000 Miles by Horseback on the Eurasian Steppe with Tim Cope : TPZ032

For 3 years Tim Cope traveled by horseback through the Eurasian steppe from the ancient capital city of Karakoram in Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary. It was a 6000-mile journey last attempted in the days on Ghengis Khan. For most of the journey he was alone except for his horses and his dog named Tigon. The adventure was a tribute to the nomadic way of life. Along the way he encountered a cast of very interesting characters. Some were thieves not to be trusted yet most proved to be...


Backpacking Europe with Daniel Alvarez : TPZ 152

In the summer of 2017 Daniel Alvarez finished a very long walk across Europe. He started at the top of Norway and continued south across Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal following various trails including Sweden’s Kungsleden and the Camino de Santiago. It was a year-long journey covering over 6,000 miles and he writes about this adventure and others at his website Daniel previously appeared in episode 5 talking about his long-distance kayaking...


Bikepacking the Tour Divide with Ralph Karsten : TPZ 151

June 2018 will be the second time Ralph Karsten starts the Tour Divide at the Grand Depart in Banff Canada. The Tour Divide is an annual self-supported mountain bike race that follows the nearly 2,700-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Canada to the Mexican border. Ralph also enjoys primitive camping, practicing survival skills, and flying hang-gliders. Ralph Karsten, welcome to The Pursuit Zone. Show Notes: Tour Divide Ride the Divide movie Inspired to Ride movie The...


A 4,000 Mile Kayak Adventure from Minnesota to Florida with Daniel Alvarez : TPZ 005

My next guest is Daniel Alvarez. After completing four long-distance hikes including the 2,000 mile Appalachian trail and the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail, he traded his hiking boots for a paddle and traveled 4,000 miles in a sea kayak from Minnesota’s Northwest Angle to Key West, Florida. It was a plan so audacious that Outside magazine awarded him a $10,000 grant. It was a 9-month adventure he completed on March 9, 2013. Now he has turned his boat around and is paddling his way...


Rowing the Atlantic Ocean with Paddy Montgomery & Seamus Crawford : TPZ 150

Seamus Crawford and Paddy Montgomery previously appeared in Episode 118 to talk about the first two legs of their journey - The Race Across Europe and the Marathon des Sables. Now they are back to talk about their successful completion of leg 3 - the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000-nautical-mile row across the Atlantic Ocean. They are fundraising for The Prostrate Project and Shooting Star Chase and you can learn more about their adventure at Seamus and Paddy,...


Bicentennial National Trail on Wild Horses with Alienor Le Gouvello : TPZ 149

[caption id="attachment_1203" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo credit: Cat Vinton[/caption] The Bicentennial National Trail stretches over 5,000 km and crosses some of eastern Australia's most remote and spectacular landscapes. It took 13 months for Alienor Le Gouvello and her 3 horses - Roxanne, River and Cooper - to complete the trail making her the first person to finish it on wild horses. Before setting out she had to break and train these wild horses, known as brumbies, with the...