Well after a series of late nights allowing the creative brain juices to flow, the beginnings of the next big adventure have begun to hatch. While plans and ideas are still being formulated - it seems at this stage to be a whole new level of radawesome. As a teaser I'll leave you with these key words;
Terrifyingly Active Volcanoes
Big Bloody Bears
Completely unexplored and untouched wilderness
So it's back to the planning board!
Well it turns out somewhere along the way, I got old... 30 years old in fact. To celebrate I decided to undertake a 100km solo open ocean paddle through the Moreton Bay region! Everything was planned to a 'T' and sorted for an awesome mini adventure. Mother Nature however had some other plans... Instead of glassy conditions, she threw me 30+kts of wind and some awesome swell to deal with. In any case I had a rad adventure exploring sub tropical islands and super remote locations. The weather however did force me to alter my plans slightly and I ended up finishing my paddle by exploring all the way up the Brisbane river (against the flow!) and saw some amazing sites.
It truly was an awesome experience that I've been wanting to undertake for many many years. This has only solidified further within me an urge to undertake those adventures that are on the back burner in my brain - so lookout because the wackier ideas are going to be coming to fruition as of now!
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With a complete lack of communications in the midst of a highly cyber regulated region we could not post any updates whilst in China. However now that I have returned I can safely broadcast to the world that the Silk Road Pirates championed the mighty Taklamakan Desert!
Over a period of two weeks we managed to cross the desert from South to North, with absolutely no support crews and most importantly no camels! At times we were each carrying in excess of 30kg's on our backs through soft sand for over 30km's a day. Times were tough, we got tight on water, food and endurance but we made it. We're still collating and producing all the footage to preview a teaser to the world, but for now here a cheeky sneakpeak of what we went through!
After an incredibly drawn out 5 days in the desert border town of Hotan, all the supplies have been bought, caches have been dropped in the desert and everything is ready to go.
We were due to hit the desert today but an unfortunate and terrible bout of gastro hit me during the night and by morning i was so dehydrated that i had literally lost kilos! So today is the recovery day where i boost my levels back up, rest and then hit it hard tomorrow.
We have had the most unbelievable luck to meet a couple local boys; yung and tanh. Together they helped us navigate good portions of the desert to drop our supplies out. Though i must mention that after the 6th time i completely lost countat how many times we got bogged. One time we did such a good job that all 4 wheels were completely free of the ground and the toyota was just teetering on its under chassis. 3 hours later and we managed to dig it free!
One other thing we quickly noticed was how fine the sand is. So much so that i would struggle to call it sand and more like a very finely ground flour. Within steps the sand had infiltrated through the fine mesh of our shoes and our toe boxes were full and cramped. Our gaiters were of no match at all for thsse conditions. So far we have managed to recycle some old ration pack packaging and together with a whole bunch of duct tape, come up with a viable solution for the sand intrusion problem.
Anyway here is a sneak preview of what we have coming up tomorrow in the desert.
It was not til about 12 hours before my flight left that all my food supplies and rations for the expedition finally artived. Nevertheless i am stoked to have them and have everything sorted now.
I am currently chilling in brisbane international airport waiting to board my 24 hrs of flights to eventually get to the border town of Hotan where i will meet the rest of the crew and ready for our expedition.
If all goes to plan (ha! Like that ever happens), we will be kicking off on the walking part of the expedition this coming Tuesday. Then it's 400km of walking to the other side. The inner nerd in me is actually a little interested to see how high my pedometer can count =D
Anyway, they say one step at a time. So here goes nothing!