Tuk to the Road

The trials and tukulations of Jo, Ants and Ting Tong the tuk tuk and our three-wheeled odyssey from Bangkok to Brighton...in aid of the mental health charity Mind. For more information please see www.tuktotheroad.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Time flies

I can’t believe this time one year ago we were on the road. The last year has whizzed by and I still don’t feel like I have had the chance to process our adventures fully.
Life has been super busy ever since getting back and I get my end of year results for medical school in the next couple of days. If I pass then I go onto the five year medical course and if I fail………serving burgers in McDonalds!
What is really exciting at the moment is that our book is coming out soon, August 3rd. Some people have already received advance copies and the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Hopefully if the book sells well then we will hit our target of raising £50,000 for Mind.
Ting Tong has now got her UK number plate and she is happily whizzing around the south of England. A couple of weeks ago she attended her first wedding (in Devon) and on the way home she stopped off to visit Stone Henge. It rained for most of the journey, but amazingly there were no spark plug issues. Having said that, on the morning of the wedding we had to get a pull start around Torquay station and so she did misbehave a little.
I am feeling like I am not firing on all cylinders at the moment. I think it is a combination of tiredness, anticlimax (exams), bad weather, missing my fiancé etc… I am sure I will perk up soon.
Keep a look out for our book, Tuk tuk to the road, and buy it for all your friends and family.

P.S. I have just found out that I have passed all of my summer exams, which is a big relief.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Bristol, UK

Apologies yet again for being so remiss about updating this....

I was reading my diary last night and realised with a pang of nostalgia that today last year Jo and I were crossing the border between China and Kazakhstan. At this very moment we were probably tukking into Almaty, after 14 hrs on the road, tired and grubby. It seems like a world away and a lifetime ago - and oh how I miss it.

The good news however is that Tuk Tuk to the Road , the book about our travels, is due out on 3 August. We got our sneak preview copies a few days ago and it looks great, amazing to think we actually did it and are now published authors. If you google the title you'll see you can order it on Amazon and via Waterstones, WH Smith et al. We'll keep you updated over the next few weeks as to publicity coming up - Radio 4's Excess Baggage programme are interviewing us on 27 July, plus there's going to be articles in Cosmo, Woman's Own and a few other things.

The documentary is also still in the pipeline and is currently being pitched to a number of channels.

As usual there seems to be too much to do and too little time so it's short and sweet today. I'm off to the Exit Festival in Serbia for a week on Wednesday www.exitfest.org. Looking forward most of all to The Prodigy and Pendulum, plus the usual festival silliness.

More soon

XX Ants