Welcome to my blog. I have created this as a memory of Paul and my trip and to share any hints and tips…so keep reading if that interests you. Navigate through the Menu to read each chapter of our journey, or check out our ‘Gear tips’ page if you are thinking of doing a similar trip.
You may have wondered about the name for our blog, ‘Finding Wilson‘. Paul has always been told he looks like Tom Hanks, and on a trip through Africa years ago he named his sleeping mat ‘Wilson’ from the Tom Hanks’ movie Castaway. A friendly ‘face’ to turn to when away from home. So ‘Finding Wilson‘ is really about us finding bits of ‘home’ throughout our travels. You may see this weaved through the updates wherever you find *.
About our trip.
We are so fortunate to have 4.5 months up our sleeves to travel. After much debate and deciding that 2 legs or 2 wheels are the best mode of transport, we decided what better way to use this time than to firstly head to Nepal and trek to Everest Basecamp followed by three months in Europe cycling across France and a few other countries if we can manage it, on the Eurovelo 6 trail (EV6 – which starts at the Atlantic corast in France and ends at the Black Sea). How awesome! Of course logistics of trekking gear, bikes and stuff, then planes and trains with all this gear had not crossed our minds at that point.
After booking our flights we worked out that we could send our Nepal gear home after the trek, continue with our Europe gear and we bought bikes online, for collection in Paris. Too easy (well after months of planning it was).
We live in Melbourne, a fabulous part of Australia. It is beautiful, interesting, has beaches, art, culture and sport. We love it and are happy to call it home. We have cleverly decided to complete our adventure during the Melbourne winter though….this is not a coincidence. Here is a photo of us on our favourite beach in Melbourne which happens to be a short walk from home in South Melbourne. Another one of us half way through our travels where Paul looks more like Tom Hanks in Castaway than before.
We can’t not mention our cat Monze. He is a rather fat Russian Blue X, keeps our house clear of spiders and mice and we miss him terribly as of course he won’t fit in our backpacks or bike panniers. We call him a dog cat as he is rather affectionate.
Robyn & Paul
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Note: After I found this quote, Paul reminded me that his great great grandfather George Butler was a close friend of Mark Twain. I found this to be especially fitting.