In this podcast episode adventurers Tom Allen and Leon McCarron join me to talk about making independent, long distance, human powered journeys off the beaten track.
Both are Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society. Both have made seriously long bicycle journeys, taking them through countries and terrain many wouldn’t even consider visiting, never mind cycling through.
Tom continues to explore the potential of bicycle travel as a tool for making personal, meaningful journeys.
In 2012, Leon and Rob Lilwall walked from Mongolia to Hong Kong, a 3,500 mile hike, which featured in a 4-part National Geographic series about the journey.
Leon is also known for the 1,000 mile journey through the Empty Quarter desert, with Alastair Humphreys, retracing the steps of Wilfred Thesiger, pulling their equipment and supplies on a specially designed 4-wheel cart.
Both Tom and Leon’s big trips have involved making films or films having been made about the journeys. They recently teamed up to make a couple of adventurous journeys together, one in Patagonia, Argentina and the other in Iran. Both journeys had purpose and meaning. Each has resulted in the video footage captured during the trips being made into feature length films.
I caught up with Tom and Leon in a north London park, not far from their editing room, which I sensed they were keen to escape from.
Our conversation forms episode 9 of the Paul Kirtley podcast…
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Trailers For Some Of Tom And Leon’s Films
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