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  • '..and then a spoke broke...'

    Mark

    Every day on this trip has had its ups and downs. Just two and a half days south of the finish line and this sentiment still rings true...

    +45&deg 53' 50.82" +0&deg 55' 1.08"

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  • 4 Days to go!

    Mark

    Mark has been pushing 12 and 13 hour days in a Herculean effort to make Paris on Friday. We caught up with Peter, his masseur and 'aide' for this final leg to see how Mark's holding up...

    +44&deg 59' 25.86" -0&deg 11' 57.12"

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  • Interview on The Fred Show, Feb 6th

    Mark

    The Fred Show have also been following Mark on his incredible journey, and they caught up with him on Wednesday morning for a chat...

    +39&deg 9' 19.74" -6&deg 38' 44.10"

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  • The Sunshine State

    Mark

    A week after the mugging, we caught up with Mark. Just three days left in the USA and things were looking good...

    +30&deg 6' 39.72" -83&deg 34' 52.20"

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  • Highs and Lows, north of Melbourne

    Mark

    Starting just north of Melbourne and following him into New South Wales, Mark talks us through a slew of road-rage and the highs and lows of being on the bike.

    -36&deg 23' 49.62" +145&deg 23' 52.32"

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  • The hardest day

    Mark

    The last 24 hours have been the hardest and most eventful of Mark's journey so far. Click and listen to his tale of being run over, then mugged by crack heads...

    +30&deg 20' 34.02" -92&deg 2' 27.96"

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  • First interview from The States

    Mark

    To say that Mark's time in America has been different than the rest of the world would be an understatement. Click to listen about the highs, lows and crazy weather...

    +31&deg 43' 13.56" -106&deg 21' 13.80"

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  • The Wind

    Mark

    The wind was so strong and relentless in Oz that Mark actually once commented that 'the story of Australia has been that of the wind'. Click to watch and find out why...

    -32° 7' 21.75" +133° 40' 25.48"

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  • Snakes and Spiders

    Mark

    Mark talks about his fears with regards to dealing with the wildlife in Australia...

    -33&deg 38' 26.76" +119&deg 49' 43.74"

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  • The Nullarbor

    Mark

    At 90 miles long, The Nullarbor Straight is the longest stretch of straight road in Australia. Mark had been looking forward to riding it ever since the race began, but as you can see, what initially seemed like a reasonably easy section, turned out to be one of Mark's hardest moments...

    031&deg 38.210S" 129&deg 25.859E"

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  • Straight Roads?

    Mark

    Mark eplodes a few myths about the Nullarbor straight and also lets us in on the rather strange dual purpose of the road...

    032&deg 22.567S" 124&deg 37.278E"

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  • The Journey So Far: A Retrospective

    Mark

    We thought it was time for a wee retrospective on the worst and best parts of Mark's adventure so far...

    -42&deg 24' 20.34" +173&deg 41' 1.50"

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  • 'I've been places mentally that I haven't been before...'

    Mark

    We finally managed to catch up with Mark when he was in New Zealand, where he spoke very openly about the psycological challenges that he's been facing over the last few weeks.

    -42&deg 24' 20.34" +173&deg 41' 1.50"

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  • 'I'd take hills over a head wind ANY day...'

    Mark

    Four days south of Brisbane, things are looking good for Mark. He's had company for the first time since he set off and despite a wee bit of road rage in Melbourne, he is ahead of schedule and doing grand...

    -29&deg 57' 33.18" +149&deg 47' 29.10"

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  • Flies, spiders, broken wheels and drug-dealing convicts...

    Mark

    Over the past few days, Mark's had a few interesting encounters and a few mechanical set-backs. We got in touch and asked him to fill in the blanks a wee bit.

    -38&deg 14' 20.28" +141&deg 37' 45.66"

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  • FINALLY a tail wind!

    Mark

    Mark's back in civilisation now, so we caught up with him a day before his first real day off of the whole trip!

    -33&deg 9' 37.62" +138&deg 4' 8.40"

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  • 'Everyone's on an adventure...'

    Mark

    Two weeks ago, we decided to start doing two interviews a week with Mark but were then thwarted by a complete lack of phone reception! All is not lost, however, as Mark is now back in civilisation, so we caught up with him to hear how he's been spending the last two weeks...

    -31&deg 57' 41.34" +133&deg 44' 31.43"

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  • 'He'll need to be carrying about 8-10 litres of water...'

    Mark

    Since we can't get hold of Mark, we phoned Sats - the mechanic who fixed Mark's bike in Perth. About ten years ago, Sats actually did the route that Mark's on, so he was well-placed to give us a few insights on what Mark will be going through.

    -32&deg 4' 50.70" +122&deg 5' 34.98"

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  • 'I saw my first snake...'

    Mark

    Mark's now in Australia and more importantly he's officially half way round! 9000 miles on a bicycle is no mean feat but he's still going strong and is now looking forward to just over a month on the southern coast of Oz.

    -34&deg 57' 29.88" +117&deg 0' 12.30"

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  • '..I had this wee Thai lady running up and down my back!'

    Mark

    After the nightmare transition from India to Thailand, we caught up with Mark once more just outside Singapore. Listen on to hear about about riding in monsoons and yet more examples of our web producer's terrible grasp of geography...

    004&deg 20.162N" 101&deg 09.362E"

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  • Everything was on fire!

    Mark

    Mark just got into Thailand and after having 48 mins sleep in two days decided to do what anyone would do: oh no, wait a minute, no he didn't 'cos he decided to ride 100 miles. I would have gone to bed! Anyhoo, click here to learn more about the crazy exploits he went though between India and Thailand...

    013&deg 31.944N" 100&deg 12.528E"

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  • I'm ok, i'm just a little shaken up...

    Mark in India

    Before Mark set out, we all predicted that this stage (Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India) would be the hardest and that's definitely turned out to be the case. We phoned Mark whilst he was staying in Lucknow to see how he's holding up

    +26&deg 54' 27.60" +80&deg 57' 30.54"

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  • Back on the road

    Mark

    Leaving Lahore (with no beard), Mark was making good time and could pretty much see the end of Leg 2 (metaphorically speaking!), which was a huge boost.

    +30&deg 30' 28.32"" +76&deg 33' 21.42"

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  • Lahore

    Mark

    Mark had to really dig deep to get to Lahore and it shows. Although he still had to travel the whole width of northern India before Leg 2 was done, he really did feel like Lahore was a major milestone and that he'd 'done it'...

    031&deg 31.185N 074&deg 19.557E

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  • I've done it!

    Mark

    Riding through Pakistan has been the hardest part of Mark's journey so far, due to his problems with the police. He managed to leave with a smile on his face though...

    031&deg 36.251N" 074&deg 34.118E"

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  • Two months on the road

    Mark

    By the tail end of Pakistan, Mark had been through a lot. We caught up with him for a few words...

    030&deg 46.930N" 073&deg 23.859E"

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  • Lahore, India

    Lahore, India

    Although it wasn't officially the end of a stage, Mark asserts that riding into Lahore certainly felt like one! Our TV crew flew out to meet up with him and shot these great photos. Check that beard!

    +31&deg 33' 32.22" +74&deg 19' 37.26"

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  • I'm in a desert...

    Mark

    For the passed few days, Mark's been travelling through Iran. Despite western representations, he says the people have been very warm and welcoming, but for the final leg (going through Balochistan) he is being escorted for security reasons. While he waited for the guys to arrive, we gave him a call...

    +29&deg 5' 2.13"N +58&deg 27' 1.43"

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  • Ezurum, Turkey

    Ezurum, Turkey

    Mark's still in Turkey and having a ball, but all those days of riding in dust and lorry fumes have taken their toll and so he was finally forced to make a brave decision...sleep in a hotel for a night and have a shower!

    +39&deg 58' 54.24" N +41&deg 29' 19.26" W

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  • Interview with Mark, Mid-Turkey

    Mark

    All the latest news from the road, including getting broad-sided by a bus coming into Istanbul and how Mark spent his first two days off.

    +40&deg 49' 10.38N ++32&deg 53' 16.68E

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  • The End of Leg 1: Istanbul, Turkey

    Mark in Istanbul

    Who would have ever believed that Leg 1 was going to be so difficult? Well it's over now and here are some photos of a very relieved (and beardy!) Mark in Istanbul, where he enjoyed his first days off, before heading back out...

    +41&deg 0' 11.22" N +28&deg 58' 57.18" W

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