Why would any sane person, and particularly a self-confessed non-cyclist want to leave their life behind, and endure the trials and tribulations of over 5 million pedal strokes, slowly inching the 15,000 miles across the map from England to Australia?
The easy answer would probably be to say that I can’t be sane.
But I don’t think that’s the case. The decision to cycle around the world seems as logical now as it did at the start. The thought of abandoning this dream, and working a
I’m excited to meet the people who line the road. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I believe travel is the best form of learning.
I’d like to finish this page with the following quote by George Mallory, a British explorer who, during the 1920’s made a number of attempts to climb Mount Everest.
“The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is no use.’ There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behavior of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. It’s no use. So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.”