What was it all about?
Simple – travel solo around the World – across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America – by bicycle. I set off on 2 September 2009 for a journey covering around 20,000 miles over more than two years, returning home in February 2012. Why did I do this? To raise awareness of, and funds for, The Outward Bound Trust, and to inspire others to explore their potential through discovery and adventure. Read about my own experiences at www.outwardboundgenerations.org.uk.
How can I help?
Simple. Help young people benefit from the unique experience that is Outward Bound by making a safe and secure donation to The Trust. My goal is to raise at least a pound for every mile I’ve cycled – over 20,000 pounds – enough to help more than 20 students – my 20/20/20 vision! Just click here.
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“Ken’s solo endeavour is a remarkable one, his stoicism and good humour an inspiration to others to follow the road less travelled”
Ranulph Fiennes – Explorer, author and public speaker
“This is a phenomenal challenge that Ken has undertaken – full credit to him – and I wish him every success on the long road and over such a long period of time. He certainly is an inspiration and it should encourage everyone to get out there and undertake their own challenge. It is a great cause that Ken is supporting which makes it all the more worthwhile so good luck Ken and don’t stop pedalling.”
James Cracknell – Double Olympic Gold medallist rower, athlete and adventurer
Why The Outward Bound Trust?
The Outward Bound Trust uses outdoor experiences and challenges to help young people unlock their potential. And this is not just their words – with the help of a bursary from The Trust, I had the chance to benefit from what would be described today as a ‘Classic’ 3 week course at a pivotal point in my own life.
But it’s about much more than simply giving something back to The Trust, not just about helping others have the same opportunity I had. At the heart of The Outward Bound experience is the Journey metaphor – physical journeys alongside those of development and discovery for the individual and the team. A belief that we all have undiscovered potential that can be brought out through adventure – encouraging people to go out and do things they at first believe to be impossible, encouraging a deep appreciation of the balance between risk, reward and responsibility. Which is what my own expedition is all about.
To find out more about The Outward Bound Trust, click on their logo above. To learn more about my visits last year to their centres in North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland, download the article below.