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Seven years, Twenty countries, No plan With Jacqui Furneaux ''When I met Jacqui Furneaux at an Adventure Overland show recently where, compete with her trusty Enfield motorcycle beside her, I learnt that she had just returned from her latest travels on the said bike, but the adventure began in India where she would take over seven years to return to Bristol, I was most intrigued.''
by Photojournalist Lara Platman
Mrs Christian Miller, a well-established lady bought a fold-up bicycle, a tent and a saddle bag and cycled 4,500 miles across America just after WW2, whilst earlier Mrs Edith Fraser Benn, in 1901, rode side saddle from India to Persia, a 600 mile camel ride with her whole household along with a Fox Terrier. From intrepid travelers such Amy Johnson, the Aviatrix of Hull to FJ Erskine who, in 1888 began writing books for ladies who wished to be women ‘awheel’ swerving themselves around Europe and far beyond, writing tips and ideas of survival and amusement. Perhaps the most famous of all these wayward women (in the two-wheel world), is Peggy Iris Thomas – otherwise known as Gasoline Gypsy, along with Oppie the motorcycle, Matelot the Airedale and Peggy, they sniffed their way around 14,000 miles of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. She went on to compile her diary into a book entitled ‘A Ride in the Sun.’ Back in print after 60 years, the rise of the intrepid traveler is firmly in vogue. “There is a touch of a vagabond in all of us,” said Peggy. Whilst many travelers today have taken on the ‘Van Life’ trend (even my parents went off for one year in their motorhome and returned after twelve, having seen most of Europe from the comfort of their own pace cocooned of their immediate necessities, returning purely for family duties), caravans, vans and motorhomes may seem to be hindrance for the true open road to freedom. When I met Jacqui Furneaux at an Adventure Overland show recently where compete with her trusty Enfield motorcycle beside her, I learned that she had just returned from her latest travels on the said bike, but the adventure began in India where she would take over seven years to return to Bristol, I was most intrigued, not because of her being a woman, but simply because of today’s political climates in the countries of which she ventured into for her journey home and for me, my automatic thought is always “My camera kit takes up so much luggage how would I cope?” www.thefrankmagazine.com