A brand new innovation for the Adventure Overland 'Late Summer' Show is the "ADVENTURE TRAVEL AUTHOR'S ZONE".

Located both inside and outside the main grandstand, here the authors will be displaying their vehicles/adventure bikes both indoors and immediately in front of the building ...

PLUS

Via a series of 1 hour talks, they will present/discuss their books or feature a subject dear to their hearts. They are all 'experts' in their fields, so needless to say we are both delighted and proud to launch this brand new attraction at the Adventure Overland 'Late Summer' Show. See below for a full itinerary of the talks.

 

Amongst this year's special guest speakers are ...

Duncan Gough

A veritable guru when it comes to back road travel in Spain. The works of the prolific author include Sketches of Spain: One Man's Guide, Back Roads of Spain, Back Roads to the Catalan Pyrenees and A Travellers Sketchbook.

Blame Duncan by the way, the Adventure Travel Author's Zone was his idea!

Duncan has been a motorcyclist and traveller since an early age.  Every year since 1999 he has travelled in Europe on his Moto Guzzi.

“The first time I visited Spain I felt at ease, felt like I was coming home.  That feeling has only deepened over the years.”

The stories of the first 9 years of bike travel was published in 2009, Back Roads of Spain is now in its 4th edition. Published in 2016 Sketches of Spain - One Man’s Guide to the Richness of Spain is now in its 2nd edition has inspired and informed many travellers to Spain and Portugal. The most recent books published are Back Roads to the Catalan Pyrenees - Biscay Ports to El Pont de Suert, book 2 in a series of Catalan Pyrenee Routes Le Seud’Urgell to Solsona and A Traveller’s Sketchbook - extracts from his sketchbooks and journals of European Travel.

He is currently working on the other 5 books in the Catalan series and Back Roads to Morocco - How to See Spain On Your Way to Africa.

www.duncan-spanish-travel.com

 

Steve Stewart

An ex-commando whose book, Steve and the Tiger, Riding the Americas, chronicles his adventure bike ride from top to bottom of the Americas (three guys jumped him and dragged him into an alley - they came off worst!)

After a career in the Army spanning four decades Steve Stewart decided it was time to move on and fulfil a lifelong dream. And so he set off with basic plan and only one aim; to ride his Triumph Tiger the length of the Americas, from the most southerly town on the continent to the most northerly, visiting lots of places in-between.

Ride along with them from; the windswept plains of Patagonia through the arid heat of New Mexico to the ice roads and sub-zero temperatures of Alaska. They battled the elements all of which seemed to conspire against them. And, if Mother Nature wasn’t difficult enough there was the added problems of; border bureaucracy, mechanical issues, multiple police encounters, muggers, injuries, family illness and sadly bereavement.

Live the dream or the sometimes scary nightmare of what life is like on the road. Meet some of the characters along the way the good the bad and the ugly. Full of the joys of motorcycling; with gravel tracks the length of the UK, roads of perfect tarmac and with more bends than you could ever dream of.

From heart pumping encounters in Peruvian alleyways to arse clenching white knuckle rides and crashes. Experience the ups, the downs, the highs, the lows and the sometimes loneliness of the solo adventure rider.

Nobody said it would be easy that’s why it's called, Adventure Riding!

Steve Stewart's Facebook Page

 

Steve Wigglesworth

Author of Build Your Own Overland Camper (Haynes Publishing), Steve has kindly agreed to be available throughout the weekend to answer questions about camper self-builds … both big and small. His Daf T244 truck, the one featured in his book, will be parked directly outside the main grandstand.

 

He will also be hosting a workshop entitled “Self-Build Campers”, this located in the same grandstand directly above the Adventure Travel Author's Zone.

His website is meant for anyone who is interested in motorhomes, particularly those that have been modified to enable a high degree of independence in remote areas and / or challenging terrain. It's primarily a chronology of his Trip Truck project: the transformation of an ex army all-wheel-drive truck into a go-virtually-anywhere mobile home - a transformation that seemingly has no end.

However, according to Steve, “designing and building a motorhome is not the easiest thing in the world to do and can itself be a roller coaster of a journey. Some days during the build it's been cold, raining, and everything has gone spectacularly wrong. On days like these it's been helpful to focus on what the project is all about … overland travel to beautiful places.”

www.triptruck.net

Jacqui Furneaux

A traveller, motorcyclist, writer, and speaker, Jacqui features her book Hit the Road, Jac! Seven Years, Twenty Countries, No Plan. Purchasing a 500 cc Enfield Bullet in India, she set off on her mammoth adventure.

How it started...

In 1998, after bringing up a family and being a nurse and health visitor, I set out on a year’s journey, on my own for the first time ever. I started backpacking in Thailand and explored many South-East Asian countries armed only with wide-open eyes and a guide book. Six months into the trip and feeling quite the adventurous explorer, I went to Pakistan and India before returning to the UK.​

But I found I really liked travelling and although at my age I really should have known better, I set off again, this time combining my love of travel with my other passion … motorcycling. I'd owned various Japanese motorbikes over the years since passing my test aged 24 but had never had an Enfield!

​Exchanging guide books for road maps, for my 50th birthday I bought a 500cc Enfield Bullet in India and rode it, initially alongside the Dutchman who had suggested the idea. None of it was planned. I would not have dreamed I’d be having this chance of a lifetime when I should have been saving for my retirement. But life’s too short not to take a chance.  www.jacquifurneaux.com

Derek Mansfield

Having lived more lives than most, Mansfield’s beautifully written travel biographies always contain an element of the surprising, bordering on the surreal.

At the Adventure Overland Show he is presenting his journeys around the Scythian Empire; the empire started in 1,000 B.C., stretched west from Siberia to Poland, and south to India and Pakistan. The circumference is 22,000 kms, the area some 15 million km2. But there are no road signs today; no posters, banners or tickets on sale to show you the route.

He discovered the first clues of the Scythian Empire in a monastery in Kiev, Ukraine and for the past eight years he has been riding the Empire; looking at times inadvertently, more recently with purpose, for burial sites and ancient towns and forts.

Choosing to travel by motorcycle, he journeys with both trepidation and rich good humour. Most usually staying in outlandish places, he introduces the audience to the culture and lives of the people he meets on his way.

His stories and talks are given historical context with lucid descriptions of battlefields, visits to Gulags and nations at war; his personal experience coloured by encounters with gangsters, corruption, mechanical failures and the breaking of bones.

The honesty of the telling is remarkable; ordinary people with extraordinary tales, deep intimacies exchanged, recorded and shared.

Taking all this in his stride, he also writes of being humbled by kindness, help and assistance readily given, and grateful that he survived.

Told in his unique style with wry observations and acerbic wit, his stories are ultimately an inspiration for all who would learn to travel on unknown roads.

Discover more at derekmansfield.com
#derekmansfield | @derekmansfield

 

Ren Withnell

A prolific blogger and traveller, Ren will be extolling the virtues of our own little island, Scotland being a particular favourite.

Ren explains, “What is an adventure? Do you really need to travel 10,000 miles? Do you have to take 6 months off for an expedition? Can adventure only be found in far off lands?  Or can it be something that fits into a week or even a day, does it need to break the bank?

We encourage you to stop fretting about trips not being far enough or long enough or difficult enough to be worthwhile or fulfilling. Dream big but in the meantime learn to make any travel an adventure.”

http://bikesandtravels.com

 

"ADVENTURE TRAVEL AUTHOR'S ZONE"

LIST OF TALKS

 

SATURDAY [22nd September 2018]

10:00-10:45       Ren Withnell                           “What is an adventure? Do you really need to travel 10,000 miles?”

We encourage you to stop fretting about trips not being far enough or far enough to be worthwhile or fulfilling. Dream big but in the meantime learn to make any travel an adventure. 

11:00-11:45       Jacqui Furneaux                      “7 years, 20 countries, no plan”

Exchanging guide books for road maps, for my 50th birthday I bought a 500cc Enfield bullet in India and rode it, initially alongside the Dutchman who had suggested the idea. None of it was planned! 

12:00-12:45       Derek Mansfield                       “The Scythian Empire”

Derek covers his journeys around the Scythian Empire, an empire that started in 1,000 B.C., stretched west from Siberia to Poland, and south to India and Pakistan. An area of some 15 million km2, there are no road signs today, no posters, banners or tickets on sale to show you the route.

13:00-13:45       Steve Stewart                           “The Americas – bottom to top”

Experiences of riding up through the Americas south to north, planning, shipping, dealing with border crossings, Police corruption and much more.

14:00-14:45       Duncan Gough                         “Writing Your Adventure”

Travel Writing techniques to get the best from recording your travels. Whether your transport is 2 or 4 wheels or even more for that matter, the concepts for writing blogs to full-blown books is basically the same.

15:00-15:45       TBC 

15:00-15:45       TBC 

16:00-16:45       TBC 

17:00                Show closes, open again Sunday 10:00

 

SUNDAY [23rd September 2018]

10:00-10:45       Steve Stewart                           “The Americas – bottom to top”

Experiences of riding up through the Americas south to north, planning, shipping, dealing with border crossings, Police corruption and much more.

11:00-11:45       Duncan Gough                            “Travel Spain”

How to make the most of the real Spain. Road safety/legal requirements and cultural differences. 

12:00-12:45       Derek Mansfield                       “The Scythian Empire”

Derek covers his journeys around the Scythian Empire, an empire that started in 1,000 B.C., stretched west from Siberia to Poland, and south to India and Pakistan. An area of some 15 million km2, there are no road signs today, no posters, banners or tickets on sale to show you the route. 

13:00-13:45       Ren Withnell                               “What is an adventure? Do you really need to travel 10,000 miles?”

We encourage you to stop fretting about trips not being far enough or far enough to be worthwhile or fulfilling. Dream big but in the meantime learn to make any travel an adventure. 

14:00-14:45       TBC 

15:00-15:45       TBC 

16:00                Show closes