How much have you seen of your home country? Not enough was Andy's thinking and so the Great British Adventure was born.
12 paths, rivers and trails to be run, peddled or paddled.
2 down so far; 10 more to go...
That moment when a dream becomes a reality..
The lure of the open road and a more nomadic life finally become too strong to resist so, for three weeks of August 2019, Andy set about learning by doing as he created his own rolling home.
A 2250 mile cycle from London to the Black Sea taking in 12 countries and 6 capital cites over 30 days.
From England, across the channel through central Europe, on past the Iron Curtain to the finish line in Romania.
A simple plan, travel by foot from London to his family in Lincoln over 6 days arriving in time for Christmas.
170 miles, aching legs, a dodgy achilles and questions of why on earth he was doing this formed 6 days of exploring the UK's countryside and footpaths.
In 2018 Andy returned to paddle the length of the River Thames but with a big difference.
This time he was sharing a Red Paddle Co. Tandem Board with fellow SUP lover Spike Reid. In doing so they set a new record by completing all 129 miles in just over 59 hours.
Exercise & adventure are a great cure to being in a funk. For 9 days in November Andy ambled along the south coast of the UK from Penzance to Dover for a total of 474 miles
Country lanes, sea front promenades, forests & cities were the backdrop and a massive smile his company.
Having taken on Europes second longest river in 2016; June 2017 saw Andy take on the UK's second longest river - the Thames.
240Km - 44 Locks - 5 days.
From it's first navigable sections near Cricklade in Gloucestershire down through Oxford, Reading, Henley and Windsor before finally arriving in London.
Taking advantage of the UK's August Bank Holiday weekend, Andy took a train from London to the end of the line at Fishguard in West Wales. Then cycled home.
Following the National Cycle Route No.4 he peddled past hills, coves, beaches, valleys, mountains, cities, villages, the Severn Bridge and finaly the waterways of southern England. Around 400 miles over 5 days with some epic wild camp spots along the way.
In the spring of 2016 Andy became the first person to stand up paddle board the length of the Danube River. From its source in Donaueschingen, Germany through 10 countries & 4 capital cites untill it arrives at the Black Sea in Romania just shy of 3000km later.
For more information look here.
March & April saw Andy with some unexpected free time so an impromtue trip to South East Asia and Australia seemed the obvious plan.
With a Niece and Nephew back in the UK who don't get to see their uncle enough, the video series, Where is Uncle Andy? was born.
Take a watch and play along at home!
A short weekend trip to tick another item off the adventure bucket list. Having always wanted to do the iconic capital to capital ride Andy opened the journey to anyone who was interested as a way of spreading the adventure love.
Setting off on Friday the 5th February they took in 200 miles, 3 days, 2 countries, 1 ferry and a rather spectacular high speed crash.
Having ridden the Elliptigo around town for the previous 5 months, Andy decided it was time to take it on a longer journey.
200 miles over three days from London to Lincoln towing all his supplies (and Christmas presents) in a trailer behind him.
It was cold, at times it was wet and it was constantly windy. Spurred on by the bemused looks of passers by and more than one bike repair shop it’s defiantly a way to travel like no other.
August bank holiday 2015 saw Andy and 4 friends decamp to Herefordshire for a long weekend of kayaking on the River Wye. Supported by Hereford Kayak & Canoe they spent 3 days paddling 60 miles; carrying all they needed with them in the boats and camping on the banks at night.
A beautiful back yard adventure proving once again that you don’t need to leave these shores to find fun and beauty.
Check out their video here.
The Easter weekend started with a return ticket to Moscow but ended in a 160 mile cycle through Holland, Belgium & France.
Andy's first cycling experience on the continent saw him discover just how well bicycles can be integrated in to everyday life as he peddled through some of the worlds most cycle friendly countries.
Read all about the trip in Andy's own inimitable style here.
Having been flown to Istanbul for work, Andy took the opportunity of a few hours off to explore, discover and film a little of this fascinating city.