Over the last few weeks I’ve been blogging about my biggest challenge yet. It has nothing to do with distance, speed, mileage, or any other kind of challenge we traditionally construct for ourselves. No; the challenge was to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats without any money whatsoever.
What I hoped to achieve was an insight into the world of free travel. People have been wandering pennilessly for as long as journeys have existed, but nowadays the perceived barriers to travelling — or doing anything — if you don’t have much money are bigger than ever. I wanted to see if those barriers were real or imagined, and how you might not just overcome them but enjoy yourself in the process too.
If you haven’t read the blog series and want to know what happened, start here and follow the journey from start to finish (or get on the mailing list for the forthcoming ebook version, which subscribers will get for free).
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In the meantime, I want to give the bicycle I did it on and all of the gear to another adventurous soul — someone who’s up for taking the reins and heading off on an adventurous bicycle journey this summer.
The bike and gear cost less than the price of a round of drinks (that’s another story), and I’ve proven it’s capable of taking you across a country. And if it can cross one country, it can cross a great many more.
It’s a simple machine, a steel frame with basic parts you’ll be able to fix and replace anywhere very cheaply — which makes it a fantastic choice for taking off into the great unknown.
- Granny basket
- Panniers & rain covers
- 2‑man tent
- Camping mat
- Sleeping bag
- Beer-can stove and tin mug
- Basic tools & spares (inc. Gaffa Tape and cable ties)
- Various other useful bits and bobs
- As much help and advice from me (in person, phone, Skype, email, etc) as you like.
What’s not included
- Spirit of adventure (bring your own)
- Any guarantee about what will happen!
Because I have just the one bike, I’m obliged to run a competition of sorts to choose who gets it. The rules are very simple:
- Just tell me and the rest of the community here about the plans you’ve got for it. Anything at all.
- Do this by posting your ideas in the comments section of this post.
- Finally, share this article (social media buttons below) to spread the word and make things fair.
The terms and conditions are equally simple:
- You’ll send me a write-up and photos of your trip (to be published here),
- You’ll pass on all the gear to somebody else (for free) when you no longer need it,
- You’ll ideally collect the bike from me in either Bristol or London, but if you can’t, I’ll pay for it to be couriered anywhere in mainland Britain.
- Lastly, the bike will suit a bloke of average height, with a bit of room for adjustment. Don’t enter if you won’t be able to ride it!
Coolest plan submitted before midnight on Sunday 13th July 2014 wins everything. (Not sure what’s appropriate? Read the #freeLEJOG blog series — I’m looking for plans made in a similar spirit!)
And if you don’t win, remember that you’re still a winner — because you now know how to get a free touring bike and gear and then carry out your trip for free as well. No more excuses!