Tuesday, 28 May 2013

James Lea-Cox



Six months ago (October 2011) James Lea-Cox together with Mark Yetman embarked on a journey from London to Cape Town by bicycle. These two South Africans had had enough off of the being stuck in the 9-5 routine, were feeling somewhat claustrophic with life in the UK and wanted to return home and have a bit of an adventure at the same time. Rather than merely flying back to SA they decided to do things the hard way. Both being avid cyclists they decided that the journey home will be done on bicycles carrying everything they needed to survive with no support crews to pitch their tent, or give them a leg massage, no satellite phones or rescue teams, and the trip would be self funded. They would be on their own.

The decision to quit one's job and embark on such a journey is not an easy one to make but both James and Mark had a dream of seeing the raw, in-your-face Africa, to see it first hand and not from the confines of a 4x4 and to get off the beaten track as much as possible. Just getting to the point of departure took a year of planning, much saving and determination before they finally set off from Trafalgar Square in October 2011. Their route took them across Europe to Egypt across the Sahara to East Africa, around Lake Victoria before traversing Southern Africa. After 176 days on the road they reached Cape Town after 15 458 km in the saddle and 19 countries. Both describe the trip as being a life changing experience with many highs and lows but overall the best adventure they had ever undertaken. A trip definitely worth stepping out of the rat race for. And when you think about it, what’s six months out of your life doing something that would stay with you forever. Next adventure? You can't have too many of those!

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