During the speeches at our wedding reception, I soon came to realise that I have actually been likened to a 'wombat' by my Australian counterparts. To be fair, this is a fairly appropriate analogy; short, stocky, robust and bloody determined!
So you may be asking how on earth we came to the conclusion that we need to cycle across the world. For me, the story began over a decade ago. I gave up on a degree course studying fashion photography to pursue a career that I knew very little about in outdoor education. I returned to my home in Cornwall and immediately signed up to a sailing instructor training course at the Camel School of Seamanship. Within 12 weeks of intensive sailing and teacher training, I progressed from novice sailor to a qualified instructor. During the proceeding 6 years I went on to teach water sports in the UK, Greece, Turkey and Antigua.
In 2008 I landed an unbeatable opportunity. I moved onboard a 100ft Sailing Yacht preparing to circumnavigate the globe. Within 2 weeks I set off on my first Trans-Atlantic back to the Mediterranean. This truly was a life changing move as this was how I came to meet my match and partner in crime, David.
It soon became very apparent that David and I shared an overwhelming enthusiasm for life and adventure. Together, there would be no stopping us!
Born in the year of the monkey and the month of the chicken in the Chinese calendar, gives David the title of Monkey Chook. This suits his inquisitive and cheeky, if not silly nature..
David was the younger born of twins raised in rural NSW, Australia which meant that he was very competitive and adventurous from an early age. Upon finishing school David moved to Sydney where he competed as a top level athlete in High Jump.
While taking some time off from his sport in 2007 David travelled to Europe and joined a Chinese Junk Sail Boat that was travelling around Spain. This was the start of his adventures abroad. From here he was offered a job as First Mate Engineer on a super yacht that was travelling the world. Whilst working on the boat in Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, he met Holly. They travelled parts of the world together until they moved to the UK, it was here where they conquered their first bicycle tour - Lands End to John O'Groats.
Working together in France as Guardians of a Villa, David snapped his achilles tendon putting an abrupt stop to his athletics career. He then travelled through Europe to Croatia with Holly where they were married. Once married and settled down in a new job in Scotland, planning began for David and Holly's epic trip home to Australia.