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Couple cycling through North America makes SWFL stops

Couple biking through The United States and Canada makes SWFL stops

NAPLES, Fla. “You’re insane. You can’t cycle around America!” That’s exactly what Chris Fieldsand’s family and friends informed him and his sweetheart, Ties Benguedda, when they began their 12,000-mile cycling journey across North America. The couple began in northeast Canada in July 2016. Over the past 210 days, they’v.

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the convenience of a tea-shop I HAVE a buddy who arranges adventure holidays for families. She typically publishes images online of her children ski-ing, mountain cycling, sailing, climbing and typically being go-getting in different countries. While I admire their passion for life, I cannot assist questioning if they ever just spend an hour in the penny-push arcades, or playing cards in a caravan with rain whipping on the roof. The words ‘adventure vacation’ make my heart sink. I ‘d rather have a plate of chips in a seafront cafe than trek along Machu Picchu. My first taste of an activity vacation was a school journey to the Lake District; a hellish week of canoeing (hated it), abseiling (surprisingly enjoyed it), potholing (half the class was sobbing in worry) and hiking (almost fun, up until we came across a bull in a field, leading to mass hysteria). All of it left me cold – literally, when it comes to the watery pothole – and I chose I wasn’t the cagoule and walking boots type. I avoided active breaks until I went to New Zealand in my twenties with a pal who decided we must go paragliding. I was fearing it, but once I ‘d leapt off a mountain (in the arms of a strapping Kiwi instructor) and was skyrocketing through the air, I loved every minute. The holiday likewise included jet-boating, horse-riding, whale-watching and travelling up glaciers – and I invested the majority of it in a cagoule and strolling boots. A few years later I went ski-ing and soon decided that a week of ski tires investing throughout the day on the slopes and all night boasting about black runs wasn’t for me. I enjoyed other daredevil obstacles though. As a ‘have-a-go’ function author, I have actually loop-the-looped (20 times constantly) in a two-seater ‘plane, taken the controls of a helicopter on a flying lesson, swung from a trapeze and drifted for miles in a hot air balloon. However for vacations, it’s museums, bus tours, present stores and shop hotels for me. I’m middle-aged; certainly a phase of life where I can go with culture and tea-shops over outdoor pursuits. It seems I remain in the minority. Over-50s vacation specialist Legend has launched a ‘Go all out’ section, exposing that a 3rd of older people feel ‘more empowered and daring’ than Ten Years back. Container lists are broadening, with travellers welcoming physical difficulties and unique experiences. “I climbed Kilimanjaro with a lady who was doing it for her 50th birthday; she ‘d initially read about it in a Michael Crichton essay aged 21 and wished to do it ever since,” states Jae Hopkins of experience travel specialists Exodus who are getting increasing reservations from individuals aged 50-plus. Adventure travel specialists Check out say the average age of their clients in 2016 was 54, and they’re seeing more tourists in their 50s and 60s. “They may be at a new stage of their lives and wish to challenge themselves,” says MD Ashley Toft. “As individuals remain healthy, and wish to stay fit for longer, an experience combining culture and activity is appealing. Cycling around Cuba, for instance, indicates you’re going quickly enough to cover great deals of the island but sluggish sufficient to soak up the views.” All the best to anybody over 50 who wants to cycle around Cuba. Slumming it, with saddle sores, in roadside hostels is fun in your twenties – not so much in middle-age. I’m all for individuals staying fit and embracing new experiences. Travel is a delight of my life, and I hope it continues for a long period of time. But I won’t be twitching through potholes or crossing the Himalayas by yak once I have actually turned 50. Not when there’s a beautiful view to take in from a completely comfy coach tour. * I HAVE no desire to make my own plates – it’s up there with homemade pasta on the “life’s too short” list – so will not be seeing TELEVISION’s The Terrific Pottery Throw Down. However an ad for the amateur potters show reminds me of an outrageous event from school. Aged about 10, I made a ceramic dinosaur which was so rubbish I took someone else’s – an adorable Flintstones-type animal – and took it home. My moms and dads were satisfied and kept it for several years. Whenever I took a look at the wretched thing I guiltily remembered the lady who ‘d made it. Karen Roper, of Thorpe Intermediate school: I’m sorry. * FORGET Video game of Thrones – quickly we’ll be glued to Bradford Council conferences from the comfort of our sofas. Conferences are to be broadcast live online from City Hall. I welcome the opportunity to see democracy in action, but doubt it will make entertaining watching. I covered limitless council meetings as a young news press reporter and, while some were lively and remarkable, others were interminably dull. There was one memorable preparation meeting when someone mad with the committee’s decision stormed out of the council chamber. We heard a key turn and understood she ‘d locked us all in! When a mild-mannered councillor jumped out of the window and ran round to open the door, it seemed like a comedy. Now that would have deserved enjoying. MORE FROM EMMA CLAYTON EMMA CLAYTON: Embracing life – from the convenience of a tea-shop EMMA CLAYTON: Snapshots of a life once lived EMMA CLAYTON: The conversation that can save your life EMMA CLAYTON: Goodbye to the ABC – a world away from over-priced nachos EMMA CLAYTON: The story of my life – in a kitchen area drawer EMMA CLAYTON: Thanks for the memories: George, Leia, Bowie, Victoria, Prince …
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