A very personal view of his adventures on the Trans-Amazonian Highway
Robert Penn is an author, journalist, TV presenter, cyclist and wannabe woodsman. He’s ridden a bicycle most days of his adult life, in over forty countries on five continents. In his late-twenties, he cycled round the world. His book, ‘It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels’ was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 11 languages.
In 2012, Rob presented ‘Tales from the Wild Wood’, a six-part series for BBC4 about British Woodlands which explored the great British love affair with trees; and is the author of ‘The Man Who Cut Down Trees’ which is to be published in 2015.
“The Amazon was never on my bucket list of places to go for a bike ride. The roads are poorly maintained, pounded by logging lorries and often mind-numbingly straight; the heat and humidity are debilitating; the scenery hardly changes for some two million square miles; and there are 196 species of snake. However, the chance to make a TV documentary about the rainforest with one of my cricketing heroes, Freddie Flintoff, was more than I could resist.” Rob Penn