Stephen Peel

Cycling Around the World

                                Born In Salford England

I was born in Salford, England. My dad was a Bricklayer and was accepted for migration to Australia, under what was known back then as The Ten Pound Passage. So as a family of £10 Pom's, we went.


We returned to England when I was 16. I didn't make the most of my school days, as every so often I would take a day off from school - without my parents consent - to spend time in the bush or on micro-adventures. 

Those early years in Australia were filled with adventure and getting up to mischief. II was always wandering off and doing my own thing. The open bush was just at the end of our street, and I spent a lot of my time there exploring and catching wild critters. 

I would lay a long drainpipe on the ground in the bush, and every now and then I would creep up on it and look to see if I could see light through it. If not much light, I knew there was something in it. I would then put a bag on one end, then stand the pipe up so that whatever was in there taking shelter for the night, would slide into the bag. It was a great idea, and there was usually something in the bag. A small lizard, frog, and even snakes fell foul to my pipe bag trap. I caught a Dugite once, a potentially lethal species of venomous snake. I used to love roaming in the bush with friends or on my own back then.

In Perth as a teen, I didn't hear the shark alarm one time and the next thing I knew, there were 3 sharks cruising alongside me as I was waist deep. This was a beach well known for shark attacks. Still wondering why my parents would take me there to swim :).


One time I put my hand in a big shell in Western Australia and a few seconds later a Blue Ringed Octopus slithered out. The list of near misses goes on :) How I made it past my teens I have no idea, and my brushes with death have continued ever since :) Not a "normal" life, that's for sure.


Returning to England was not the best move, as none of the family really settled. Gone were the wide open wild spaces at the end of the street, gone the roaming around without any shoes on, gone the great weather! 


In the UK I became an Hod Carrier - bricklayers labourer - and worked on building sites in my early teens, a park ranger, an apprentice butcher, and an apprentice carpet fitter. Talk about trying my hand at anything, always looking for something different, and always raging against the machine.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go

T.S. Eliot

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I had just turned 21 and was sat in my flat watching the TV in Cheshire England. I had a lovely girlfriend I had been with for years, a cat, and a fun job at an entertainment center. I was sort of content at times, but not really.


One day - and as usual - something inside me was saying "there has to be more to life". Within just a few weeks of thinking this, I was gone. I left everything and everyone, and I was on my way to Australia via Singapore. 


Those 2 years were some of the best I have ever had. Young and full of life, I was hired as a Break Dance Instructor at a large dance studio in Perth, being flown out to amazing places to teach. I was even on TV for a company called Liqourland in which I had to dress up like Santa and Break Dance for an Ad.

After the first year there I became a bricklayers labourer again, and enjoyed life to the full, partying all the time, surfing, fishing, exploring, and generally just kicking back with some amazing people.

                            23

At 23 I returned to the UK from Perth, and some years later became a father of 2 amazingly wonderful daughters, Chelsea and Chloe, who I love dearly and who are both young adults now, setting out on their own life adventures.

For my 40th birthday, I always said I would love to be in the Amazon in a canoe on that day. And sure enough, there I was. I made it happen and I was thrilled!

The picture to the left is of me with a Black Caiman. I don't know who looks scarier in the picture, me or the caiman. Three of us went out in a really small boat in the middle of the night, in the middle of a tributary of the Rio Negro to catch them to see them up close, then let them go. 

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I took more travel time out and caught up with a great and late friend of mine in Australia after a short trip to Dubai. We had 6 weeks together and had an amazing time. 


We spent a few weeks in a surfers house in Broome in the North West. At night we would gather around with some other visiting travelers that were also staying in the house. We drank, smoked, and just chilled as Fruit Bats glided effortlessly into the trees above us. That was the last I saw of my best Aussie friend, as soon after he past away, and he will be sorely missed, a truly great friend.

This pic is of me and one of the surfers staying at our friend Nicko's in Broome while we were staying. We had a great time.
This pic of my late best Aussie mate John Anderson. Here he is doing a bit of pruning :) He loved his plants, especially these :)
Well, it is 2017. And I am setting off on a very long cycle, that might even lead me to just keep going and to completely cycle around the world.
Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is

Jimmy Carter

My Daughters

(Pics of my daughters)


The girls have grown up beautifully and I couldn't be prouder of them and I love them to bits. They are starting out on their own life journey's now as young adults, and I know they will do just fine. 


I have never been too far from them in case they really needed me while growing up, but now that they are young adults, it's time for me to go on that long adventure of what could be many years.  

I don't know how I will be, given I have never been away from them for very long up to now, and have always been able to get back in no time at all if they needed me, but on this adventure, I may find myself in the middle of nowhere at times, weeks away from the nearest big town, and unable to get notification of anything happening, let alone being able to jump on the next flight back. This bothers me a lot, of course it does, but things will be cool, I know it.

My girls are behind me completely, understand me, and know that this is what I need and who I am. How could a father be more proud.

Not so long ago it seems

And now :)

:)) Images they did themselves. They are crackers :)

Travelling with partners

It can be difficult travelling with a partner who doesn't share your ideas on travel, and the chances are you will not find someone who wants to do everything you want to do, and that's all cool, we are all different after all.

Sue and I had a lot in common when it came travel, and mostly we liked to do something a little different, Sue not as much as me, but still different, for example we drove 6000 miles around all the Southern States of America (Sues idea) in 6 weeks, 3000 miles around the West Coast of America and including Vegas.

She even introduced me to a cruising, which I was so set against. I always thought of cruising as being stuck in your hotel for a fortnight, but after going on one, I loved it. Waking up in a new place each day or so. We went around Hawaii and the Far East, and we took Chelsea and Chloe on their first ever cruise too.

We flew to Kerala in India and then caught a 15 hour overnight train to Goa, where I borrowed a locals car for a week to get around in. 

My friends of decades, sadly passing away through different health reasons and I miss them dearly. Life can truly be far too short

John Anderson

Ian Scott

Jason Kadama

24 Countries I have visited

Europe
 1
United Kingdom:         Northern Ireland - Wales - Scotland - England
 2
Spain:          Mainland Spain - Canary Island
 3
France
Asia
 4
United Arab Emirates:          Abu Dhabi - Dubai
 5
Philippines:          Puerto Princesa - Manila - Boracay
 6
Thailand:          Phuket
 7
Qatar
 8
Panang
 9
Langkawi
 10
Singapore
 11
Sri Lanka
 12
India:          Goa - Kerala - Karnataka
 13
Borneo
 14
Bali
 15
Brunei
 16
Bahrain
 17
China:          Hong Kong
 
Africa
 18
Tunisia
 19
Egypt
 20
South Africa
 
Oceana
 21
Australia:          Western Australia
 
North America
 22
United States:         Hawaii - Texas - Louisiana - Mississippi - Arkansas - Tennessee - Alabama - Georgia - Florida - North Carolina - South Carolina -  California - Nevada - Arizona
 23
Mexico:          Ensenada
 
South America
 24
Brazil