- Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:46 pm »
Hi Norman and Andy,
We actually only took 24 cereal bars with us for the whole trip. We were limited to what we could carry, and after lots of emailing, blog reading and searching along google maps hoped we would be able to find places to buy food along the way. This was mostly correct, however i did loose 8kg in the first two weeks through lack of food and massive amounts of exercise! 76kg when we left, and 68kg when we arrived in a chemist in Fortaleza to get more after sun! For water we had 3litre camel baks at. Filled up at every opportunity and carried More bottles in our bags.we only had one hairybmoment when we nearly ran out of water on a very remote beach.
Excess baggage was ok. It took around 30mins of pursuading and our charity t-shirts but eventually only cost us £60!
The next adventure? Firstly we were mad to do this one with absolutely no training. This wasn't out of choice, just that by the time all kit arrived only had a week before setting off, then unfortunately the wind totally died that week at home and the kites couldnt even get up! We were learning how to kite buggy through trial and error for the first two weeks of the adventure. Madness. That coupled with the difficulties of the trip anyway meant we had a few down moments! However when we got it, the distance flewby and smiles broadened.
Therefore for the next trip we have both said we will plan the trip further in advance to leave ourselves with months of training.
I am trying to encourage my brother to get involved with a transatlantic crossing by kite alone. The idea is to change sport every expedition, however we loved using the kites, and it would save us learning a totally new skill. Cornwall to Rio in 2016 sounds good with a couple of small bike based trips meantime!
Thanks for watching the video and commenting guys.