Kat: Born and raised a proud Londoner, the most risky adventure I have had to date is to look someone in the eye whilst commuting on the Jubilee Line. After graduating in Anthropology from East London University and completing a Masters in International Law and Criminal Justice, I have worked in numerous public sector jobs. Whilst these jobs have been worthwhile, I now have the urge to actually experience what drew me to Anthropology, namely different cultures and new perspectives. In no way am I an intrepid adventurer (in fact, I can’t even ride a bike very well for which there is video evidence!) but I hope that by taking each day as it comes, with as cheery an attitude as I can muster when that saddle pains , a normal girl from south east London will make it back home in one piece…and maybe even a little lighter.
Steve: Kat’s husband, Primary School Teacher and have-a-go dreamer, I am probably to blame for this trip. I have been teaching in east London for the last 5 years and it has been a great source of entertainment and wonder. But ideas of exploring the world, the open road and adventures in foreign lands have never been far from my mind. While I can’t claim to wear the trousers in our relationship, it’s assumed I wear the cycling the shorts. It’s true that I can ride a bicycle (sorry Kat, you really are awful) and had a few reckless cycle tours in my early 20’s – but this really is a plan of epic proportions beyond my experience. Besides, this time there will be two of us. I can’t believe Kat agreed to it. However, the road beckons us, you only live once and this is one hell of a way to live it.