So, it’s three months and seven days into the cycle and I suddenly feel empty, what have I done? This isn’t what I imagined, boredom, loneliness and sadness have heightened and it’s time to call it quits.
There’s no denying the negatives above will kick in at some point, so as a way to at least lessen their blows I’m giving myself some other focuses, one to distract me but also to give this whole adventure more meaning. Meaning for myself but also for the places I’m going to be visiting.
- Tour de France – known as the greatest cycling event in the world, I will attempt to cycle the 2014 route. Why 2014? It is the one which started in England and is the only one I have ever actually been to, seeing the worlds best cyclists whizz along London’s embankment was beyond inspirational. Just thinking about it gives me such a buzz. The pros take around three weeks with just a few days rest, I’m expecting it to take me around two and a half months on a fully laden touring bike with no where near the fitness, skill or support of the pros. As the roads won’t be closed and I’ll have to self navigate I’m bending the parameters to say I must start and finish a stage in the original locations and I’ll try my best to follow the exact route. I can’t tell you how gutted I am that the 2014 Tour de France happens to be the only one in the last four years in which a Brit didn’t win.
- Citizen Science – a year ago I had never heard of this, that is until a friends Mel & Michelle stand up paddle boarded the river Thames, source to sea and became citizen scientists! Essentially it is regular, non qualified scientists who go out and collect the data the pro scientists need, the pros analyse your research, conjure up something well beyond what my brain can handle and there you are, you’re a key(ish) part of the science world! There are a variety of projects to get involved with here.
- Cycle the Mountains – wild, rugged mountains are some of the most beautiful of all the landscapes we can see on planet earth in my opinion. I will aim to cycle the worlds great mountain ranges, the European Alps, the Himalayas, the Andes and the Rockies. This is will offer a great chance to see natures beauty as well an extreme physical challenge. Meeting communities based in the mountains also motivates me.
- Around the World in 80 Ways – Phileas Fogg, Michael Palin ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, for me that is way to quickly to experience the world. So I’ll change things up a little and go for ‘Around the World in 80 Ways’, my ways being different jobs, the majority of those being voluntary. One of my motivations for RideTheWorld is being in a job which I don’t have any passion for, so this a chance for me to try a wide variety of jobs to see what I really connect with.
- Document Stories – Around 99.9% of the worlds people are good people, so why is the media hell bent on making 99.9% of articles negative? Does reading about the one mad murderer out of thousands excite you? Yeah, thought not! Surely an overdose on all those doing great things with their lives would be a better read!? Showing what humanity really is, breaking down the media built stereotypes I’ll be sharing stories of remote communities without a voice and people who are making the world a better place, leaving a positive stamp on the world.