Monday, June 29, 2009

How not to be a lemming

Late last week and over the weekend the lemming received a bunch of great stuff in the ol' mailbag. The most striking was this short video sent to me from reader Matthew. Normally the bike videos I limit myself too are Fat Cyclist shorts such as the most adorable mountain biking video ever made or the brilliant Dangerous Hicks Beer cans of Death stunt bike jump in which I find something new and hilarious to laugh at each time, but I gave this one a look.

Wow! That's the best way to describe it, "Journey as Destination" put together by Dave Achtemichuk, with additional footage by Linden Hulme is one of the better cycling videos I've seen published in a hellluva long time. The synopsis of the short video reads, "An exploration of some of the highest, most remote, and most challenging roads in the world, filmed while on a 4500km cross-Tibet cycling trip in 2007. A visual account of the local culture, the challenges faced there, and a sampling of the cycle touring lifestyle."

The description doesn't even come close to capturing it, but you'll just have to see for yourself below. Suffice it to say, their adventure is not lemming-like. That's in the traditional sense of the word of course, and there are much easier ways to not be a lemming, but in the end, sneaking through checkpoints and such, Dave has balls of steel. I can only live vicariously through people such as Dave and Linden and Sucka Pants.

That's all, take a watch below or here if for some reason it doesn't work below...


4 comments:

Nick said...

Only if I had the trust fund and the time for trips like that. Unreal.

BikeLemming said...

Word...

gtinla said...

great - reposted on twitter

Snakebite said...

This is very cool!