In order to celebrate International No Car Day (which is on September 22nd for those of you that missed it) clever cyclists in Latvia took to their bikes dressed up as cars. By hanging colourful car sized frames over themselves they demonstrate how much room one person takes up on the roads in their car.
What is there not to like about cycling? they take up less room on the roads, they don’t pollute the environment and it is a great form of exercise. What do you think?
We have all had one of those days when you feel fed up and just think about
getting away from the monotony of everyday life and going on an adventure. For a
lot of us those are just dreams but for this couple it became a reality. Many
people take a gap year to travel or go around the world in a couple of months
but nothing on the scale of Gunther and Christine Holtorf who have been
travelling since 1990.
Setting out on tour in Africa in their Mercedes Benz G Wagon who they named
‘Otto,’ they never knew they would be embarking on such an epic journey that
would see them travel through 177 different countries over 20 years, not once
sleeping in a hotel and opting for the car or a hammock instead.
During their travels there were car wrecks, five cases of malaria and numerous
tricky political situations. Sadly Christine passed away in 2010 leaving Gunther
to continue travelling for many more years. Now 76 he has many epic stories to
tell. You can check out some of them from this
interactive BBC travelogue which
also includes many more spectacular photographs.