One of the Christmas gifts my sister bought her husband last year was an axe named Grace from a shop called The Best Made Company located in New York. Yep, an axe and yes it has a name but no, he’s not an axe murderer nor a lumberjack. They don’t even have an operational fireplace. However “…it does look cool and it will mean I’ll have one in case of a zombie apocalypse” or so the story goes… Continue reading Only the Best Made…
Note: my Google Maps of NYC with various attractions, places to eat, transport hubs etc. can be found here.
So with the first 3 days of my USA trip over and done it, it was onwards to New York. As the guy who I shared the airport shuttle bus said, “I’ve been here for 16 years and haven’t grown out of it. There are so many different versions of New York depending on what you want. There’s the old school New York, the young version, the trendy version, the family side of it, it can be whatever you want it to be.” Clichéd? Very. However after spending 6 days there, it is none-the-less true. Continue reading The East Coast: Starting with New York
For some people, planning their holiday and travel is just as fun as the actual undertaking. In this particular case, I was just as happy to pay, pack my snowboard and enjoy what was an action-packed, awesome week at the snow. No organising, no knowledge of what’s the actual plan, no worries. Just get your backside to the airport and it’s all sorted (even then, my lift was organised – thanks cousins!) Continue reading Snowboarding Les 3 Vallées
The website of Team Raven Shoe, my Mongol Rally Team is now online!
Check it out at http://mongolrally.ting-b.com
On 19 July 2014, I’ll be departing for an epic trek across Europe and Central Asia, journeying by car with a few friends from the UK to Mongolia!
If you haven’t heard of the Mongol Rally before, essentially it is what it’s called. It’s a charity rally, where teams from all over the world journey from Goodwood, UK to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Unlike a ‘traditional’ rally, there are no support crews, no designated stops, no set route nor time limit to get there.
This year, the cars are required to have sub-1000cc engine (previous years up to 1.3L was allowed) and they should generally cost no more than £500. Teams have journey through the Balkans, Iran, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kazakhstan to reach their final destination. Though the rally has been run for a number of years now and hundreds of teams have successfully completed the journey, many teams have fallen victim to the inhospitable terrain and driving conditions which have resulted in mechanical breakdowns, traffic accidents and the crushed spirits… Challenge accepted!
This year, the official charity of the rally is Cool Earth, aimed at protecting the world’s rainforests from deforestation and illegal development. My team has also decided to support Legacy, an organisation founded to support the families of Australian soldiers who have been incapacitated or have died whilst serving overseas.
Watch this space for the link to our team’s blog, which will have our official fundraising page, progress of the team leading up to July 19 and of course, team tracking during the rally.
So for probably the 4th time, the battery of my watch died. No big deal – unscrew the back, swap out the battery, clean the o-ring, apply some silicone grease and it’s back to business as usual.
But it made me think.. I’ve had this watch since 2001 and it was made in 1999. That’s a 15 year old watch with 12 years of service!
Finding an old stock photo of the watch as-new shows that it has definitely aged in that time with most of the armour, light button etc, succumbing to humidity deterioration and wear and tear. But it still works fine, keeps time, all functions working. Let’s hope its 13th year isn’t going to be unlucky.