Our favourite YouTube adventurer is back to his travels, cycling from London to Africa. Taking it easy, then!
Louis Cole announced a few weeks ago that he would be cycling from London to Africa and raising money for Regenerate. The journey has now begun and we’ve been loving the video series that he’s been uploading from this wonderful journey across the world, alongside live streams.
Accompanied by more than a dozen other cyclists, including Dave Erasmus, Louis’s journey started on 14 April with the first 80-mile cycle down to Portsmouth to get the ferry over to France. After making their way through that country they moved into Spain, passing through the area that Louis grew up in on the way to the docks. There have been a lot of challenges already, with big hills, a lot of pain to deal with, and even an exploding tyre.
As they passed through the small French villages, we were treated to some stunning sights including architecture like churches and old cottages, brought to life in the glorious sunshine.
They are using two variants of bikes on the journey: while a lot of the cyclists are using traditional-style bikes, Louis and Dave are using sit-down bikes that have three wheels, which makes getting up large hills more difficult. As much as we’re loving the sights, we’re definitely glad it’s them and not us having to do the hard work!
In the third episode, Louis made the decision to pace himself and take a step back from the rest of the group, explaining that “it’s nice to keep at my own pace. What I don’t want to do is exhaust myself in the first five days and then not be able to complete the trip.”
One of our favourite moments was the two locals that were kind enough to create a pit-stop for the cyclists when they were passing through one of the villages, providing water and other beverages so they could take a small break.
Here at TenEighty, we wish Louis, Dave, and everyone else the best for the remainder of the journey!