The History of the Turtle & the Chicken...

Meet the Turtle...
Say hi to the Chicken...
The Chicken...
I'm a bit of a jack of all trades it seems, for the last twenty years I've worked as a Mountain Leader, guiding people around the various mountain ranges of the world. I hold several of the various qualifications for this & have been actively involved in the outdoors for most of my life. I've also got a long history in management & trained as an accountant for 5 years, then ran my own practice.

My passion for motorbikes started very early in life, but I forbid myself from getting one until I was 30, thinking I'd have calmed down by then, (mmm not so sure, ;-)). ANyway since then I've owned lots of bikes, from sports bikes to dirt bikes, it's a passion that keeps evolving & it has helped me to continue to explore the world as well as this country plus I've met so many great folk because of my bikes! Ace stuff...

So a little history... the Chicken started out as a gift from my nephews, George & David, they promptly abused it cos it does kinda warrant that... its a really weird rubber thing that stretches & lays a rubber egg when you squeeze it... the boys thought this was fab & promptly bit the egg & sprayed the gooey stuff from inside all over my van!!

Damaged egg & all I took the Chicken with me where ever I worked, starting in Corsica... in fact we climbed a lovely peak called the Tafanatu, well worth a visit!!

Now the very observant will notice the chicken in Corsica is not the same as the chicken above... err must own up here, I left that one on that peak, completely forgot about it after we took the picture!! oops... devastated when I realised, so went out & bought another one... not quite as gooey as the original but it's close enough...

Anyhow... the 'new' chicken has now done a few miles & is looking a bit haggard & grubby around the edges but still has plenty of travel left in it!!

So far the chicken has been to Nepal, Antarctica, the US, France, Spain, Italy to name a few places, it's also seen a few miles in various countries in South America & Africa but my memory is going & I forget where now...


More to come I'm sure... fab stuff...

The Turtle...
Lucy is a true Cumbrian lass, born near Cockermouth, her family have lived up north for generations, they own farms & businesses around the county. None if which she has any involvement with except for the family get togethers once in a blue moon... She is the brains of the team, with two degrees, one in Law & the other in Environmental Science, she's madly passionate about all things nature & her ideal job would be to be a National Park Warden or a trainer teaching outdoors & studying science. She's got her own blog & it's here

Lucy & I have known each other for years, albeit peripherally, we both seem to know a lot of each others friends etc, we finally got together after I returned from working in the Antarctic & was catching up with various friends at a conference for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors.

Lucy works at the venue it was held at & although even then we didn't really get chance to chat, we eventually came together when she came round to dinner at a friends place & from there on we've been pretty inseparable!!

The Turtle came out of a conversation where Lucy stated she didn't like the Chicken... poor little rubber chicken... & as she has a passion for turtles, (earrings, stuffed toys, books etc all over the house!)she decided to find a little plastic Turtle for her bike... & hey presto we have the two of them now...

Funny how life goes sometimes... now we've both got the shared passion for motorbikes & travel, with some plans to ride around the world in a couple of years time, all we need is some bikes, some money & we're off!! Most importantly of all of course is that we have the Turtle & the Chicken to take with us!!