Henry Cole undertakes a three thousand mile South African odyssey, from Johannesburg to Cape Town, in his latest adventure on two wheels. However, typical of any journey involving Mr Cole, he is determined to avoid the well-worn path, seeking out unique insights into South Africa's vibrant culture and landscape.
For this trip, Henry has also decided to shun modern machinery and is attempting his mammoth trek on a specially commissioned replica of Steve McQueen's classic 1960s Desert Racer. To begin with, Henry is enjoying the South African climate but his bike isn't, as it's still stuck en route - Henry's not happy.
However, after being reunited with his Desert Racer, Henry enjoys some spectacular local hospitality including riding with a chapter of female riders in Soweto and marvelling at the beauty of the Kalahari Desert at sunrise.
The gruelling adventure takes its toll on Henry's beloved bike, however, as the 42-degree heat and the off-road route conspire to make Cape Town a distant dream for the Desert Racer.
Ep 1: Preparing For The Adventure