Around the World in 13 Minutes

Part 1 – Dublin to Colombia

Part 2 – China to Dublin

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Simon’s Kyrgyz Video

Simon

Since Fearghal and I were cycling separately from Mid China through Central Asia, I am the sole actor and cameraman (with the help of some sturdy rocks) of this video. This video shows footage as I cycled from the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, up into the spectacular snowy Sussamyr Too Mountains, over the Ala Bel pass and down to the beautiful Toktogul Lake at the end of my Perfect Day.

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Again, Like our China Video, the video has been squidged crossways while putting it onto vimeo, but if you fancy, you can download the original at the bottom of this page.

Mind Games

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Simon BMXing from revolutioncycle on Vimeo.

Simon

China

A few days ago, I entered my first decent stretch of desert in China and quite unexpectedly, I felt really relaxed and comfortable there. I think that after such a long time in the highly populated regions in Eastern China, where there are always people, trucks, neon lit cities and loud horns, it was a welcome break to have nothing around but a flat sandy plain. I imagine being in a desert is like being in a white room, with no distractions, your mind begins to wander quite freely. Thoughts flow in and out like rivers. You sing and shout freely at the top of your voice about absolute gibberish, knowing that your words will be carried away by the wind.

You can use your mind to pass the time quite easily. For instance, on a section of road on the way to Lanzhou there were a series of small dips in the road. I imagined back to when I was at the BMX track in Cambridge, and I pretended that each dip was a jump, and tried to feel the woosh as my body shot up the steep take off, the weightlessness experienced while being airborne, and the slight jolt upon landing. I even threw in some fast turns to make it more realistic!

I also use this technique on particularly hot days, like when we were leaving Shanghai, when I felt like I would pass out with the heat. I thought about swimming in Lough Dan in Ireland while I was home. I tried to think of every detail of getting into the fresh cold water; first the tingle on my toes, then getting the shivers down my spine as I went in deeper, and finally that wave of cold as I took the final plunge. This works even better when you time the feeling of cold with the instant you arrive in shade from clouds or trees (if there is any available). 

Armed with my mind games, I’ll be cycling into the desert proper over the next couple of weeks, and hope to end up in Kazakhstan in a month or so. By then, it’ll start getting really cold, and I’ll be playing games about being lovely and hot in the Shanghai sun!

Stand By Me

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This cover of Stand By Me was recorded by completely unknown artists in a street virtual studio all around the world. It all started with a base track—vocals and guitar—recorded on the streets of Santa Monica, California, by a street musician called Roger Ridley. The base track was then taken to New Orleans, Louisiana, where Grandpa Elliott—a blind singer from the French Quarter—added vocals and harmonica while listening to Ridley’s base track on headphones. In the same city, Washboard Chaz’s added some metal percussion to it.

And from there, it just gets rock ‘n’ rolling bananas: The producers took the resulting mix all through Europe, Africa, and South America, adding new tracks with multiple instruments and vocals that were assembled in the final version you are seeing in this video. All done with a simple laptop and some microphones.

Check out the Playing for Change website for more info

New Video – Villazon to La Paz, Bolivia

 http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5209450&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

Simon

We´ve been having a spot of trouble with our camcorder for quite a while now. It´s been acting more like a stray dog than part of our expedition kit, often choosing not to obey our instructions. Sometimes, when it´s needed most, it decides not to turn on, or else when we are in a position to charge it, i.e. not camping, it feels that it would rather not have electricity shoved up it´s backside. But now, for a short time at least it seems to be behaving itself and I´ve managed to rip the Bolivia footage off it to make into a long overdue video for you all to enjoy.