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Kevin Doye and Lowanna King have produced a spectacularly good video series on their bike tour from Oxford to Australia.
Here’s a YouTube teaser:
The rest of the series can be subscribed to on Undercurrents.
The couple didn’t travel with a film crew. All the two-person shots were done with the help of a tripod, hence a claim that the couple cycled much of the route twice.
The video series is being released in thirteen weekly installments and features footage of the couple cycling from the UK, through Europe and on to Pakistan, India, Iran, Singapore and Australia. The couple got married when they reached Sydney.
Paul O’Connor of Undercurrents said:
“Bike2Oz is a very inspiring series and makes us think if they can pedal to the far side of the world, then we should all be able to get on our bikes and ride to the shops or work.”
The use of a tripod and lots of backtracking to get wide angle scenic shots reminds me of a bike tour I did in Lebanon in 1994. As far as I can tell this was the first bike tour in the country since the ending of the Civil War. I later helped write Lebanon: A Travel Guide, the first English-language guidebook to the country for twenty years.
I filmed the Lebanon bike trip on a Hi-8 video camera loaned to me by Tyne Tees TV. The footage was never used because Tyne Tees didn’t commission a second series of ‘Chain Gang’, a magazine programme on bikes.
The Hi-8 tapes have been festering in a drawer for years but I watched them the other day and I reckon I could condense the footage into a smart little half-hour programme. I’ll load it to YouTube, iTunes and Vimeo. It was a rough trip. There were okayish hotels in Beirut and other cities but in the Beqa’a valley? Nada.
I’ve had fun watching my discomfort as I did a piece to camera from a bombed out villa where I’d spent the night.
Bike companies: want to book an end-of-part-one advert in the middle of the Lebanon programme or any Quickrelease.tv video? Details here.