On August 6th, 2009, I was cycling through the Yorkshire Dales on my pre-Eurovelo 5 shakedown trying to work out if I was suited to long-distance cycling. I wrote the following comments on the blog; “On passing through a pristine village called Airton, I stopped to enquire if there was a shop or pub and got chatting to the bloke I had asked. He told me that a chap called Alastair Humphreys lives in the village and that he had cycled around the World and written about it.” I’d never heard of Alastair Humphreys at the time but when I finished my cycle along the Pennine Cycleway, I looked him up and bought his book, Moods Of Future Joys. It recounts his journey around the World; he set off with the intention of cycling to Australia but then, ten years ago tomorrow, the events of September 11th intervened and his journey took a turn through Africa instead of across what was about to become a bit of a continental battlefield. He is still in the adventure business. His website describes him as an ‘adventurer, author & motivational speaker’ and his list of exploits puts my two cycle trips into perspective to say the least. Over the last few years, he has started to organise ‘Nights of Adventure‘ which I mentioned about six months ago in my post Calling All Adventurers. I should really attend one of the events as they sound not only very informative but also quite a lot of fun. Yesterday, Alastair Tweeted ‘Fighting to make the world less boring:
@theadventurists will liven up #NightofAdventure #Bristol – http://goo.gl/jxFsP @danadventurists‘ to which I Tweeted back ‘ @Al_Humphreys @theadventurists @danadventurists How about a #NightofSmallAdventures for those of us who can’t quite manage the big ones?’. And much to my surprise, Alastair sent me a message explaining that it was an idea he had been toying with for a while and that if I had any thoughts, I should get in touch with him. I’ve been pondering such a Night of Small Adventures all day… What do you all you fellow small-time adventurers out there think?