Adventurer and film-maker Leon McCarron will be celebrating the launch of his first book –The Road Headed West – with a talk about his expeditions around the world, giving special focus to the journey across North America by bicycle that inspired this publication.
What happens when you swap the nine-to-five for two wheels and the journey of a lifetime? Terrified at the prospect of a life spent behind a desk, without challenge or adventure, Leon took off to cross America on an overloaded bicycle packed with everything but common sense. Over five months and 6,000 miles, he cycled from New York to Seattle and then on to the Mexican border, facing tornadoes, swollen river crossings and one hungry black bear along the way. But he also met kind strangers who offered their food, wisdom, hospitality and even the occasional local history lesson, and learned what happens when you take a chance and follow the scent of adventure.
Leon is an adventurer, film-maker and motivational speaker specialising in long-distance, human-powered expeditions. In recent years he has cycled around the world, walked 3,000 miles across China and trekked 1,000 miles through the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert on the planet. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and has released an independent film, Into the Empty Quarter, as well as his flagship four-part TV series, Walking Home from Mongolia, for National Geographic. The Road Headed West is his first book.