Cycling the Americas

Published June 15, 2009

Do you remember The Man Who Cycled the World? The crazy but impressive Mark Beaumont thought it would be smart to visit all the continents, travel 18,000 miles and do it in under 200 days. I wrote about it after seeing a repeat of the accompanying programme on the iPlayer, and now, Mark is back.

I hadn’t noticed this initially, but the Beeb have set the man up with a blog for his new aim of Cycling the Americas. The new challenge, according to the blog is as follows:

World record breaker Mark Beaumont is cycling from Anchorage, Alaska to Ushuaia in Southern Argentina. He’ll also climb the two highest peaks on the continent, McKinley and Aconcagua.

At the time of writing, Mark appears to be in the middle of climbing a mountain, and there are blog posts, Twitter updates and Flickr photos to enjoy.

I like this process of documenting a journey, especially as they are filming a TV programme at the same time. Gone are the days when you wouldn’t want to spoil an upcoming documentary by talking about it beforehand. Now, the social aspect of the web almost serves as an enormous trailer to the show for when it comes out in the future. But at the same time, the TV programme isn’t the only important thing, as many people have said before me: “It’s all about the journey.”

An interesting experiment, and a change to be noted for the future.

If blogs, pictures and tweets aren’t enough, I recently found the book of the previous trip as well, written by the man himself. I have added it to my Wish List, even though I don’t have time to read at the moment.

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