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His huge form loomed over us in the doorway. Shaved head and powerful piercing eyes invisibly forcing us back into the darkened street. Well don't just stand there, he said, come on in. The muscles of his forearm tensed as he dished out massive dollops of creamy mash potato. I'm a teacher, he told us over dinner. Work in the local school. We've got a gang problem. Lose a kid most years. You'll be sleeping i ...

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8 Interviews I’ve Given Recently

I often get asked to give "interviews" by email and, on the off chance they might be of interest to anyone reading this blog, I thought I'd share the links to some recent ones. Here goes... Mint - Mostly about budget travel but I enjoyed the opportunity to give my definition of adventure. Escapism - This one's particularly enjoyable because she makes me out to a real hard core explorer ("This Is Where Tim M ...

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The Kit You Need to Cross a Desert (without breaking the bank)

I looked down at my smart phone then ahead at the dirt track illuminated by the headlights of our Mazda. 'It should be on our left any time now', I reported to Laura at the steering wheel. It was late Wednesday night in Oman and we were driving through a tiny village in the dark, trying to get to the waypoint I'd marked on my GPS before setting off earlier in the day. Unfortunately, the app I had downloaded ...

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Around the World in 80 Tweets

Upon our return from cycling around the world we were presented with the most wonderful present from our friends. They had sifted through our many Twitter updates from the 16 months we spent on the road and picked out their favourite 80. They then worked out where in the world each update was sent from and plotted every single one onto a map. The result is below. It's friends like that which remind you what ...

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Extreme Couples: Interview with The Telegraph

We were interviewed by a journalist from The Telegraph recently for a piece about couples who go on 'extreme adventures'. The article (which you can read here) was very short but we actually wrote a lot more in response to the original questions so I thought I'd share the rest of the interview here. In your own words, describe why you came up with the idea of cycling around the world On the day that Laura a ...

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Comparison of Liquid Multi Fuel Stoves

A review of almost every liquid multi fuel camping stove on the market. 24 different multi-fuel stoves compared. Also, a guide to all the different types of fuel available and their various names. Contents Introduction Ultimate Comparison Table Best & Lighest Stoves Full Stove Reviews Guide to Different Types of Fuel INTRODUCTION What are liquid multi fuel stoves? Multifuel stoves are small, lightweight ...

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Run a mile a day in 2015

  ***UPDATE: You can now join our Strava group to log your miles here*** Have you resolved to get fit this year? Have you started January determined to lose weight, tone up and feel healthier? Or are you just looking for a challenge to fill the coming months, that will fit around your normal life? Fear not, Next Challenge fans, we're here to help. Regular readers of this website will know that Tim and ...

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Watch the Video of My Expedition Beard Growing While Cycling Around the World

Every week or so, whilst cycling around the world, I took a photograph of myself (a "selfie") to document the growth of my expedition beard. Presented below are all of the photographs compiled into a 10-second video. Happy New Year! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPjJpOvobqY P.S. We've added loads of stuff about our trip to The Big Cycle page: click here to have a look... ...

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Home, Sweet Home

Last Sunday Laura and I rolled back into Hampton Court where we had left from 16 months earlier. We were greeted by a wonderful crowd of friends and family waving us in. It has been a long and wonderful journey with far too many sentiments to fit into a blog post, let alone a sentence. But we remain very thankful to all of our sponsors, to the many, many people who helped us along the way and to all of you ...

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Home Today: Come wave us in!

We are home today: Sunday, December 14th. Our trip will finish at Hampton Court Palace and this is an open invitation for you to come down and help us celebrate the end of our journey (and all the smug Facebook updates about it). Where? The Lion's Gate, Hampton Court Palace (next to the Kings Arms on the map below). After posing for photos, we will move to the Kings Arms or, if it's too busy, The Mute Swan ...

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It’s All About the Bike (because it’s all about the people)

The kid leaned over, gave me a hug and told me he liked me. 'You should never leave'. Before you suspect a scandal at Next Challenge HQ, my new friend was ten. His ardour was no doubt inspired by the fact that I'd lent him by head torch: if only picking up admirers was always that easy. Seconds later, his mother appeared and told us dinner was ready, so we trooped in for another family meal. We had met his ...

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