This week we caught up with WAYN member David Partridge who is embarking on a once in a lifetime trip cycling from Cornwall, UK to Australia in April. David will keep us updated with his whereabouts and will upload pictures to his profile page, you can also check out his website for more information on this amazing trip.
1) We can see on your WAYN profile that you’re going to travel through almost a half of the world on your bike! Where did this idea come from?
As youngsters, my wife and I were both told we had ‘frivolous imaginations’, always dreaming up wonderful adventures. When we met in Genoa, Italy the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, we could only be expected to keep the tradition going! As our individual passions lay in athletics and water sports, we wanted to find a sport to pursue together. In 2009, we went on our very first bike ride together; 1,500 miles around the British Isles. Having discovered the ultimate means to travel anywhere in the world, for extended periods and relatively cheaply, we immediately realized the unlimited possibilities that cycle touring can offer.
2) Wow! 18 months sounds like a long trip. Will you have any companion during your journey?
I will have my beautiful wife Holly alongside me for the whole journey and whoever would like to join us for a stint on the road.
3) You mentioned that WAYN has helped you in realizing some of your plans. Which of the functionalities have helped you the most?
The ‘who’s around’ function on WAYN has been incredibly helpful in allowing me to contact people from all walks of life. I am fascinated to hear from people from around the world and learn about their culture and local recommendations. I believe WAYN is a fantastic hub for like-minded travelers to share their knowledge and experience.
4) The number of destinations you have marked on your profile as “visited” is outstanding! What was the best local food you have tested?
I have been lucky enough to have tried so many mouth-watering foods around the world, that this is a particularly difficult choice! However, I think the prize goes to a wonderful tavern that Holly and I came across in Pošćenje, near Šavnik, Montenegro on the edge of the Durmitor National Park. When we asked the owner to recommend the local specialty, we were told to try the ‘hippy lamb’ and the fresh-water trout (caught with bare hands).
“What makes them hippy lambs?” we ask.
The owner replies; “They are happy lambs, they do what they want, eat what they like and roam where ever they wish, it is a very hippy lifestyle!”
The local, authentic cuisine and spectacular surroundings made this an unforgettable find.
5) You also mentioned that you’ve been on the road for the past five years. Surely, it is a great opportunity for meeting new people. What was the nicest thing you have experienced from a total stranger, if there was any?
During our bicycle tour around the British Isles, after a tough day on the road, we arrived in the city of Kilmarnock, Scotland, slightly disheveled and looking for a place to camp. Along came a couple of whom later became known as Danny and Eileen. The ex-publicans offered us to stay with them at their home in Troon, another 15km from Kilmarnock. We could not resist such a wonderful offer, so we pedaled ferociously to make it before dark. Upon arrival we had hot soup, red wine and an offer to the local beer festival that was celebrating Robert Burn’s 250th anniversary! We had a fabulous evening of dancing, local ales and great company, with a warm bed to boot.
6) Here at WAYN we love fancy gadgets. Are you going to use any during your trip?
YES! Please check the ‘Equipment and Reviews’ page on our website for tech spec on all the gadgets that we are taking with us.
Our favorite gadgets are ‘The Plug’ by Supernova, which is a USB charging device, powered by a front dynamo hub. Creating our own electricity by cycling, that’s how we roll!
We are also loving the super light and super small ‘Omni-fuel stove’ from Primus. This little gem can burn any kind of fuel you can get your hands on!
Also, we can not bypass our Enigma custom steel bike frames being meticulously hand-crafted as we speak. We look forward to putting them to the challenge!
7) This is sounds like challenge to be followed with bated breath! Do you think we could expect some updates on your WAYN profile?
YES! We shall be offering live updates throughout our journey, here on WAYN and also via our blog on our website.
We wish David and his wife, Holly all the best on their amazing adventure, we look forward to reading their updates from the road!!
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