Adventure is like murder - all you need is motive and opportunity.... I am an Adventurer currently based in Morocco and have just published my first book, Dodging Elephants, available on Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon about my 8000 bike race across Africa, the Tour D' Afrique.
The Tour D'Afrique is the longest bike race on earth. It is 12,000 kms of hard cycling from Cairo to Cape Town. Wild elephant charges, armed robbery, malaria and typhoid, as well as mountain climbs, saddle-high mud, hellish heat and rutted roads faced us on the route.
It was a hard act to follow, but the Toughest Footrace on Earth - the infamous Marathon Des Sables, certainly did the trick.
6 marathons in 6 days back to back across the desert in Southern Morocco. The temperatures were in the high 40s and my backpack weighed 10kg. By the end, my feet were bleeding into my shoes and I had been battered by the sun, the dunes and the sheer distance. It was one of the great experiences of my life.
I fell in love with Morocco during the race and my next adventure was not an organised one but was a "world first" the Atlas to Atlantic trek. My expedition partner, Rachid Ait Elmahjoub, and I started at the summit of Mount Toubkal at 4167 m and ended some 300km later at the surf resort of Agadir after a brutal trek straight across the Atlas Mountains. No-one had done the route before. So, a British/Berber first! The Expedition was sponsored by adventure travel company, Epic Morocco.
The price of these adventures is pain but the joy is worth every ounce of effort. I blog, tweet, broadcast and write about them and I hope you find them interesting!
"You can do it, yes you can, it won't be that bad...", famous last words from Charlie Shepherd of www.epicmorocco.co.uk We were mountain biking together in the Atlas and he was talking about the Marathon Des Sables - the toughest footrace on earth. I had never even run a marathon and am a reluctant plodder at best but I have always been a sucker for anything that has "est" in the title so I signed up. Nine months later I found myself on the start line. 156 miles/250 kms through the desert in six days. Just to make it a little bit harder, the middle stage was a double. You have to carry all your own food and equipment and the backpack weight added another layer of difficulty. I feared the heat - 50 degrees and I was right to - it took its toll as you could see with runners on hydration drips at every check point. The terrain was hostile; sand, dunes, rocks and jabals. My body thought I had declared war on it and my feet were bloody and pus-filled casualties. I learned lots of new skills, how to cook porridge in a plastic bottle, how to poo into a brown plastic bag, and how to keep going even when I really wanted to stop. It was a magnificent adventure. And if you want to know more, all the details are on the blog http://www.alicemorrison.co.uk/i-did-it-i-ran-the-marathon-des-sables/
I have worked extensively for all the main forms of media: press, TV, radio and online. I have covered every kind of story from US Presidential elections, to what exactly George Michael was doing in that toilet, and my personal favourite, the problems of concrete decay when you use the wrong kind of sand. I currently write and broadcast on travel and adventure. My first book is called Dodging Elephants and is available now on Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.
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