Behind the lens - Portugal - The day before the big off!

Planes, hire cars and bikes...

So, after months and months of planning, preparation and pre trip checks, it was time to leave the green, green grass of home and head down to Portugal for what was set to be a trip of a life time.

Full of nervous energy about my first big film trip, loaded down with camera kit, drones and the kitchen sink, I jumped on a plane and set my sights on Cabo de Roca on the Western most point of Portugal, which was to be the start point of Sean Conway's epic record breaking cycle across the whole of Europe. 

I have known Sean for a few years now, and produced his short film 'A Life More Adventurous' which delves into what makes him tick, and why he does what he does.  Since then we have stayed in contact and become good buddy's, catching up every now and again for a cycling trip or a few beers. (We would do a lot more, but I live in Essex and Sean lives in the Lake District!). 

I am now lucky enough to have teamed up with Sean to film some of his big adventures, this one hopefully being the first of many. Even before we came home from this recent Europe trip, whilst still in Russia having a few whiskies the evening after he completed the challenge, we were planning something rather cool (literally) more on this soon... 

So, back to the Europe trip. Where was I, oh yes, so I landed in Lisbon ahead of Sean who was flying in from Manchester as oppose to my flight from sunny Stansted. We had a great air B&B booked for a couple of days before the start, so we could take time to do final prep, some pre trip interviews and to soak up the delights of Cabo de Roca.

We were to be joined by my film buddy Gav Kaps from @ospreyimagery in his epic camper van/film rig/4x4 beast. However, a slight problem arose, which led to the first few days of the trip being somewhat exciting! Here's what happened...

 Gav's awesome rig. Our home and film vehicle for the Europe trip.

Gav's awesome rig. Our home and film vehicle for the Europe trip.

Prior to the trip, Gav had been on some incredible adventures and film trips, including living and snowboarding in the Alps for a season to being chief photographer on a Driven to Extremes desert trip in Morocco. So in the lead up to our Europe trip, Gav had to sort his Russian visa.  But annoyingly for Gav, he had to fly back to the UK to get it (long story). All was ok until Gav found out that the frustrating system for aquiring a visa meant that it was un clear when it would be ready.  In Gav's case, later then he planned.

This meant that instead of Gav being back at his van in Northern Portugal, with said visa, ready to drive down to meet us.  He was to be 36 hours late through no fault of his own.  This meant that I had to organise a hire car so as I could follow and film Sean on the first evening of the cycle trip. But more on that in the next blog!!

So, day 1 of the trip consisted of Sean un-packing and building his bike, doing some pre challenge interviews from our mock up studio in the apartment bedroom, a lovely meal in a local restaurant and early to bed to bank some sleep for the big off the next day.  

Check back in soon for the behind the lens stories of the first day of Sean's 4000 mile cycle across Europe...