Ben Winston

Not your average travel blog

It’s beginning to get contemplative

The journey through Banff and Jasper National Park is like travelling through one euphoric postcard of Canadian landscape into another. Except without “Wish You Were Here” slapped across the sky … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

I need a pet Bat for this adventure…

I need a bat. The flying, insect-eating variety, not the sporting kind. Walking around with a cricket bat on a leash might be assuming a kind of crazy that can … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

This really isn’t funny (I apologise)

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Banff & Jasper, and a bit of blue for the dads

The massive, monstrous hotel at Lake Louise (Banff National Park) is a fine example of a failure of aesthetics. After the original wooden hotel/lodge burnt down in the late 19th … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Couple of videos in Banff National Park

Arriving in Banff National Park   Lake Louise

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The slightly ranty post…

I feel like I should judge Canada, while waving my judgy finger, for allowing such a sordid sin of commercialisation within a national park. Yet for some reason, I find … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Reaching the Rockies

Since crossing the border into Canada, we’ve driven over 2000 miles across the prairies and we haven’t seen a single police car, police officer, or even a speed camera! They … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Even when it’s dull, it isn’t

Driving across the four principalities of Canada, or the few states across the centre of the USA if we had gone that route must surely be, some of the dullest … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Do you have any guns?

After the elation of seeing Mr Wolf, it was time to cross the border into Canada. It wasn’t the strangest border crossing I’ve ever encountered, but it was in the … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

I’m Russell Crowe… only without the lovely sandals

A sleepless start to the night as one of us left a slither of opportunity open for the “skeetos” to come after me as I tried to settle. They can … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mackinac, the fudge, and rubbing myself against a cheese grater

The towns on the forehead of the Exogorth outline (well done if you worked out that obscure reference), are quite picturesque in the sunshine. Much of the monster’s brow, with … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ocean-fronted home for napping bear

Our first day on the road was a shaky one. It was also the first time KP gave me the reigns to his four wheeled, fancy lady, and that reminds … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

The world is full of generous, gin-loving ladies

I brushed shoulders with some old friends at the aptly named TILT picnic at Zenda Farms….because after all I’ve drank in the last two weeks, I feel like I’m on … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cherry Pie, Bananagrams, and struggling to sober up

If my navigation in 2014 was a walk in the park, this year I’m jumping the fence. Although travelling mostly by automobile this time, I am aiming to travel across … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Butt Bulbs & Bucolic Beauty

After being chaperoned around twenty miles of the industrious and steaming streets of New York City by a marvellously-moustached, mounted park policeman, I journeyed the four hours north east, to … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nostalgia, some dreams, and the colour of my crotch.

It’s the city that never sleeps. Although New York might have been better named, the city that can’t keep its mouth shut. It can’t be quiet….at all. I’m normally one … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Times Square : New York

Sometimes there is no blog. Sometimes I’m taking too much in visually, in the rain, to sit down and write anything. So, here I am enjoying a little walk around … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Panda Porn and Umbrella Rage

Walking twelve blocks in the rain to drop my backpack down, to then spend much of next hour trying to find a food stand which didn’t have a cue of … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bam! New York, Baby!

Six months away from ‘Merica, and I’m back for more. After being delayed seven hours and enduring an always slightly turbulent re-entry into the states (and I don’t only mean … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Starting out again…

I’m supposed to be in the sky, but even though leaving England maybe imminent, I’m having to wait just a little longer for my next big adventure. “It’s not the … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

2014 in review

So I wrote 62 posts across the USA and the blog received just short of 10,000 reads. Raising $3227 for @worldlandtrust. I’d say it was a pretty successful year. If … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

I’m not a politician…but here’s a closing speech

I feel like I should buy a political horse and take it for quite an epic ride for my next adventure (that’s right, there is already a “next one”). So … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow, by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln

Following the rather long explanation of my decision to adventure 4000miles (but ending up travelling over 20,000) across the USA, with only $6 a day to spend for six months, … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Choose Life

Seventeen months ago, I was sat in a café not far from Waterloo tube station in London, with the noise and hustle which had become so familiar. It had been … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

The End (almost)

I hooked back up with the holidaying Swiss chaps to experience one, last, natural American beauty. A long, flat drive, through pine forest and not much else, is the approach … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

Some rutting…..and then a few tears

1) With a little over a few weeks left, I have time, and “budget” to… 2) See A LOT of the very long Pacific coast With its intricacies, it stretches … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

When a Bear is a bird, and when Beards do battle

Without attempting to be The Riddler, waking up in Yosemite for the last time was like waking up on the first morning of a new job – much less exciting … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Loyally-protected: My gleaming-white, lycra-wrapped groin

It began like grinding teeth, dragging nails down a blackboard or maybe, sitting handcuffed to a chair while someone tries to tune in a radio without any available channels behind … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mischief, giants, a receding hairline and a massive chocolate cake

Even from a sweaty back seat of a low-slung hire car, being driven by two trail mix-loving Swiss chaps, the views driving up the steep valley of Sequoia National Park … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

An erection, leading to half an hour under a hotel

Back in the cake-loving, bohemian, neighbourly company of Bryce Canyon, under some growling and rather volatile grey skies, I watched two young men in their colourful board shorts, puffing away, … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Moths, Wild Horses, Desert secrets and a Wookie

I assumed it would be like any other large city – diverse, busy, loud, fast paced, ignorant of the issues beyond its boundaries, and typically isolating even when surrounded by … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

An epic Bust in Vegas

“left to enjoy a peaceful morning with humming birds, a flask of warm water, dry granola, and my map with no drawn line west of where I am. I’m dreaming … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cake delivery, an Angel, & Size isn’t everything…

The drive seems long, yet it is only four hours west of Moab and well within the boundaries of Utah. I can see a hot haze all the way to … Continue reading

November 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Child’s play and A wanderer in the Desert

Although on a well travelled tourist route through Utah, finding a few backroads and a scenic drive is not difficult. Leaving “colourful” Colorado into Utah, the landscape drastically changes from … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

A shifty flamingo & being Cupid – all for a free meal

I was informed that the journey between New Orleans and Austin would be different from all others which I had experienced across the USA. For miles and miles there is … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Snakes, Zombie farms and rather a lot about Voodoo

In New Orleans, I added my cultured yet extremely un-mingled racial profile into the hot pot of muddled human history. Choctaw and Houmas were the main Native American Indian tribes, … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Diversity and Division

To avoid any ambiguity, below, I will say “race-specific”, and I mean Black and Hispanic Americans. There are a multitude of varying and mingled races in North America, non of … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 5 Comments

A Hurricane, a flirtatious Miss Havisham, and some drenched, French lingerie

On $6 a day, and with plans to hit my environmental checkpoints on time, I had no intention of reaching Texas, let alone New Orleans. I have seen and met … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

“She’s an Easy Lover” with a Shameless Sausage

There are many things which I sacrificed for the challenge of getting across the states on $6 a day; knowing where I’m going to sleep each day, some cleanliness and … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

A southern threesome with some ex-presidents, and Lionel Richie

Reputations are rarely undeserved. If you’re known for being a flirt, chances are you’ve flung your eyelashes, maybe a few loose comments, and flicked your hips in the direction of … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Trying to have kittens with a Colombian…but waking up to a dog.

Metaphorically speaking, Carlos and I had been at it like frisky flamingos, trying to hatch plans like we needed a massive brood to take to Texas for their first flight. … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Beard, Altitude and Pedro’s interrogation

According to a chap I met in a mountain town in Colorado, I would fit right in. “There are beards everywhere in Dillon!” He was not lying. Since beginning my … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wearing a loin cloth…and getting evicted

Frankly, the shopping mall is not exactly my first location choice when I have only €6 and one large coffee to last several hours. It may have been entertaining to … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Shapely white arses…it’s what I came here for

I thought elk were nervous, shy and retired creatures…yes, most of them are over 65. However, the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park, just north west of Denver CO proved to … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Schoolgirl in the desert, dinosaurs and a hammer

After abusing Starbucks’ wifi privileges in Jackson WY, it was time to skip town. Just a few hours of volume in a populated area was enough to make me slightly … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Romancing the Boy

Nine months prior to me landing in Massachusetts, I had confidently prioritised the main, natural check points on my route. I was saddened that, on this trip to the USA … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

McDonalds: It’s exciting because I might die?

KP gripped the steering wheel, repeated phrases to himself to keep his nerves on an even keel, and while attempting to avoid driving a tyre or two over the edge … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pooh, and being alone in some sublime mountains

Let me directly, with my opinion, shoot passionately from the hip: Glacier National Park is the most impressive, most mawkish, grand and most romantic, mountainous setting I have ever been … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · 9 Comments

Canoodling Beavers and a morbid hypothesis

Following my transition along the sublime plains, through the buckling crevices and escalation through the foothills, I found my excited self ascended onto the side of Montana’s Rocky Mountains. Reminding … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Lust, love and holding hands on a river bank

Due to wild beasts crossing my path or invitations to the crack den corners of the US, I was sure that I would venture off my prepared course more than … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Indulging in Presidential views

Riding the long, laborious and straight route 85 was indeed just that: laborious, long and terribly straightforward. However, I was heading to North Dakota and intriguingly, part of the USA … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nature advances on my soul, Devilishly

Missing the sunrise after popping too many sleeping pills, meant for a lethargic start on top of Bear Lodge Mountain. After a rapid drop down to the valley’s bottom and … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Numerous Breakages, some Peaceful Solace and a Murder

Roughly four miles north of Custer in South Dakota, off a dirt, logging road, amongst the stumps of a raggedy pine forest in the Black Hills, was where I found … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cuddling up to a wet beast & being stalked by a couple of chicks

The American Midwest is simply one of the largest agricultural areas of land on earth. American farmers plant mainly corn, wheat, and since World War Two, soya bean to keep … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

A few worries, over a Watery Beast, and a land of corn

The deal was; I cooked, I cleaned, I made all navigational decisions, I made sure my driver was fuelled and watered regularly and had enough rest and sleep to cover … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mistakes, Mistakes, and Burning A Pensioner’s Dreams

While travelling, it is sometimes important to keep abreast of the most important world news, so before leaving Columbus, I managed to catch up on a few episodes of Game … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Tale of Two Cities…and a national park

Down the American shoreline of Lake Erie is the city of Cleveland, and further to the south west is Columbus. They were to be the next two cities on my … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nobody heard me scream (in Syracuse)

Even though I have managed to reach my environmentally important checkpoints on time, my “unplanned” route has often taken me closer to the colder, Canadian border than I had originally … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

Icebergs, some frustration & a rather epic river

Someone thought my word smithing was incredible (humour me a little) and I was requested to visit their sleepy town in a northern part of New York State. I was … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 7 Comments

Avoiding the freeze (and city), some sensational breasts & a brush with wood

Scorn me with your judgemental eyes if you wish, but I have no interest in New York City. I am however, in New York (yes, it’s not just a city). … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

A frozen kingdom, problematic aquatic vampires and some wood munchers

Birthplace of the serial killer, rapist, kidnapper and necrophile, Ted Bundy: the city of Burlington, VT is a bonus stop off on my way through New England. Accepting a free … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Spring; Time for Roman orgies in the woods

Now the sentence you’ve all been waiting for. Lets take a moment and talk about salamanders. Temperatures above freezing at night along with some ice melting rains, means that the … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The high life, some magnificent beer and whaling in new shoes

In May 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the USA to legalize same-sex marriage. It also has some fairly relaxed and efficient laws on smoking pot. To quote a … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

A cold welcome, touching John and avoiding frostbite

Let’s be British and mention the weather. New England is cold. After the polar vortex across the US recently, there is still pure, white snow on the ground, even in … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Second Thoughts

If you’re American, or from anywhere outside of the British Isles, you may not quite understand our obsession, our great tradition, the English ritual or fascination and reliance, on what … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dirty boy, a few extra owls and pleasing Gran

The festivities are well behind us, or at least it feels that way, as a few work colleagues and I are alcohol free for January for Cancer Research Uk – … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Queuing for Freedom, a bald eagle, wotsits and Brian

I will try not to make a habit of writing so much. A rather long blog this time…but, so was the experience. American & Roman: Symbol of Strength, Power, Freedom … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Fruit search, determination and nipples..

Click the link if you’d like to donate: http://www.justgiving.com/WinstonWolfrider I find it pretty difficult to write when I’m angry, but updating software on my iPhone has resulted in the deletion of … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Where am I now?

After extensive work and tours through Southern Africa, I’m now mainly in Malawi.
Go Untamed Safaris is now up and running.
Between work days and in the rainy season (December to April); I am planning some expeditions and seek out some experienced individuals keen to be involved.
I am normally available in the U.K. January to March.

For safari and expedition details:

email: info@gountamed.com

http://www.gountamed.com

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