Jul 29, 2011

7 days, 7 interviews…

You may remember from my previous entry that I wanted to complete a short photo assignment on the trip.  This was mainly as a backlash against the feeling that we would be traveling so damn swiftly through two amazing countries, with little experience of the characters that give these trips colour and life.

Well, I managed it!  Despite the fact that it ate into valuable R&R time, I’m so glad I did.  I met some fantastic characters along the way and found out a little bit about their lives in various parts of the land.

I asked each person the same questions as a way of tying these encounters together.  I also tried to photograph them in a similar way for the same reason.

Thank you to all those who were kind enough to give me a little of your time.  You gave my trip soul.

The (not very original) questions were as follows:

  • What’s your most vivid/inspiring dream?
  • What’s your biggest fear?
  • What would you do if you won the lottery?
  • What’s in your pockets?

Here are the people I interviewed, in the order in which I encountered them on the journey…


Tony Lee (aka Martins’ dad, trusted and ever reliable supported driver)


Ever humourous Mr. Lee, giving it the wry smile.

  • Myself, my wife and my kids to continue to enjoy life throughout their fazes.
  • A traumatic event, like a Tsunami, having an impact on my family.
  • An Aston Martin for myself and a Mazerati for my wife… and helping the kids with houses of their own.
  • The VW camper van keys (leaving them in the van is another of my worst fears, because it auto locks); two wallets (normal/trip expenses); 33p, a comb and an umbrella sock.


Dorte Kopke

A traveller from Germany, she was heading south with husband and boards for some serious windsurfing.

  • To live a satisfied/ happy life (like I am now, everyday).
  • Being ill or unable to move.
  • I would travel round the world, see as many interesting places and meet as many interesting people as possible.
  • A handkerchief.


Cherry Mason

Photographed outside her Inn, 'The Red Lion', Norton, Gloucestershire.

  • To retire to somewhere like the ‘Red Lion’ (the pub she owns with her husband).
  • Water!  Drowning!! (the pub became semi submerged in floods recently).
  • I would make sure all my family were ‘ok’.
  • A brass hook.


Isabel Scott

Photographed at her camp site, Gretna Green.

  • My most inspiring dream would be to win the lottery!
  • Spiders!!
  • If I won the lottery, I’d go on holiday to think about it.  I wouldn’t want to rush into any decisions.
  • A handkerchief and a bunch of keys (for doors on the site).


Sandy Martin

Photographed at Luss camp site, on the banks of Loch Lomond

  • My most inspiring dream would be to win the lottery.
  • My biggest fear is drowning.
  • If I won the lottery, I’d buy a restaurant.
  • House keys and a bank card.


 Ffion Golding

Photographed at the Loch Ness YHA

  •  My most inspiring dream would be to not end up like my Gran! (ie. to not be materialistic).
  • Sick!  People being sick.
  • I’d set up a commune for the homeless and those with drug problems.  I’d build a farm and each person would be given an animal to care for.
  • My phone, a lighter, a bit of fluff and always, always a 5p piece.


John Carey

Photographed outside his B&B 'Careys', Wick.

  • My most inspiring dream would be to have my own business, like  have now!
  • I don’t have any fears.
  • I would but a hotel in the Highlands.
  • A phone and a handkerchief.



Links and information

  • Just Giving charity page We have set up a page to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, please donate if you can
  • Map of our route We initially used Google maps to plan the route, here it is in it’s entirety.
  • Mule bars for energy These yummy natural bars will be keeping us going all the way up to John O’Groats
  • Strada Wheels These guys hand built a new set of hoops for Martin to ride for the trip

Our photos

One down...to goThe first puncture, CornwallRehydratingRiver WyeBristol docksCelebratory breakfastThe evening ritualAn ice bath substitute in Loch LomondCalories'In or oot'Tartan rug hiding stuff, on the drive homeCooling off in Loch LomondThe morning afterYachts off InvernessFeet up 2Feet upFlaked out in GloucestershirePuncture!Beer, protein shakes and Mule BarsSilhouette on the Erskine Bridge