1000km across Brazil (Two Magazine Features)

Two boys decided to be the first to travel 1000km of Brazil by kite buggy. They were just missing the ability to buggy, fly kites or speak the language.

Read more… (give the article a minute to load)

“Discourse – From the End of the Line”, the magazine produced by the Drachen foundation, also published our article in their latest issue. Read it here…

Discourse - Kite Buggy Adventure Feature

Radio Interview: Was this expedition for charity, or was it for us?

We answered this question in an interview on BBC Radio York with Jonathon Cowap this morning. Click this link and go to 9 minutes 20 seconds: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00lh72b#synopsis

BBC Radio York Kite Buggy Adventure Interview

If you can’t access iplayer here’s the recording:

We’re also working hard (or to be more accurate, the generous Naomi Garrett at SeeingThroughFilm is) on a video showing video diaries and onboard footage from the adventure. We’ll stick it up on YouTube as soon as it’s done and embed it here…

Onboard footage from the kite buggy adventure

This video shows several clips from the Video VBOX mounted on Harry’s buggy, showing our accident with a power line at the end of the video…

The gauge you can see on the video is a graphic overlay, which takes GPS data to show accurate speed. Its embedded on the footage at the same time as the video is recorded. The map and g force (and any other gps info you like) work the same way. You set up a ‘scene’ in the Video VBOX software with the graphics where you want them, place the gps antenna and cameras on the car (or kite buggy in this case) and off you go!

Getting Closer to the Target…

It’s the afternoon before we set off, and we’ve had some very good news! Firstly, Christchurch Harbour Hotel has generously decided to sponsor us on our journey. They have donated a large amount of money to Centrepoint to help us reach our target of £2000 for the charity.

Harry and I have both worked there during school and university holidays (Harry playing piano in the bar and me doing the cocktails!) and we appreciate them getting on board for this trip. Situated on the edge of the idyllic Christchurch Harbour in Dorset, England, the hotel is one of five in the Harbour Hotels chain. The others are in Salcombe, Sidmouth, St Ives, and another in Christchurch.

The view of Christchurch Harbour from the hotel

David Hurley, Founder of Anglia Computers has also generously donated, again bringing us significantly closer to our target – for which we’re very grateful! Anglia Computers is based in Cambridge, and implements and supports innovative IT solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Anglia Computers won the prestigious ‘Microsoft partner of the year’ award in 2010.

We’re still amazed at the generosity of so many people in donating their time, advice, equipment and funds for charity. Let’s hope this extends to the check in desk at Heathrow airport tomorrow so we don’t have to pay too much excess baggage charges!

http://www.justgiving.com/brazilkitebuggyadventure