Cycling Home from Sanya
On July 7th I will leave on the adventure of a lifetime. A journey of grand proportions. One of personal designation and infatuation with our spinning world. To share and experience the road less travelled. One of the glorious unknown.
The journey starts in Sanya at the southern most point of China. Leaving behind the place that has been my home for the last two years. I will quietly pedal away by bicycle. Everything I need strapped to the sides of my bike. Crossing to mainland China from the Island of Hainan, I will break northwest across the wonderful beauty of China towards Chengdu. From there, crossing the vast mountains and desert that pave the way of the old Silk road towards Kashgar. China into Kyrgyzstan, from there traversing the hills of the Northern Middle East. Names of places from ancient tales like Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. From Turkey heading south into the African continent. The history of Egypt, and down through the treasures of Eastern Africa to Cape Town. Across the Atlantic by boat to Argentina, and winding up through South America, into Central America, then across the United States back to my little hometown of Rideau Ferry, Canada. Home for a well deserved drink on the deck. Over 50 countries. Simple on paper, right? It will take as long as it needs to. Routes will change and so will I. That is the short and sweet of it all.
My Route: Give or take a few countries and kilometres.
This is not a journey I can complete on my own. I will need the support of everyone to keep me moving forward. Towards the ultimate goal. Friends along the way, new and old. I will need encouragement when things get tough, on those hard days when the world seems at odds with me. To share in your support.
“What are these barriers that keep people from reaching anywhere near their real potential? The answer to that can be found in another question and that’s this: Which is the most universal human characteristic: fear, or laziness?” ~ Louis Mackey
But why go? The big question. Why even bother with it? There is no simple answer and sometimes I still struggle with it. But I know it is the right thing to do. I am doing it because it has been calling me for the last two years. Because it is something I need to experience. My time is limited and the time is now. For that great adventure. For the struggle. For all of those who can’t and those who want to but dare not. For charity. For happiness. For the exercise. For the food. For the thrill. To test my true potential. To see the large and small places of the world. To take pictures. To make vivid memories. To see distant cultures and vibrant scenes that lay unknown. To raise awareness. To meet people. To learn languages. To ask questions. To laugh till my sides hurt. To know the true feeling of loneliness, fear and doubt. To go a little crazy. To make mistakes. To read books. To better myself. But most of all to experience a piece of what this world has to offer on my own terms, by my own rules. To reach out and grab it. To be me.
To the open road.
For all of these reasons I go out into what will be the adventure of my lifetime. Looking back when I’m old I will know I tried doing something that was at the core of my heart. Something bigger than myself. For that daily test and grind. To know I lived my life the way I wanted it, not by some prescribed notion. I believe that true happiness requires struggle. This is my struggle.
“Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: It is something moulded.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exuperly
I will also be riding in support of the ‘Free the Children’ foundation. A Canadian based domestic and international charity. As I find my way around the globe I will be working to raise money to give the less fortunate a means to survive. A means to thrive. With the Adopt-A-Village program, Free the Children works in impoverished areas of Asia, Africa and South America to give struggling villages the tools to live sustainably with the goal of providing education, health care, clean drinking water, alternative income and agricultural security. Things we take for granted. The most basic necessities.
I hope to visit some of the villages along the way in Rural China, Kenya, Ecuador and Nicaragua in order to help in any way I can. So my supporters can see the impact of their donations. To lend a hand and hear their story. My goal is to put the money raised towards building school houses and outfitting schools for the locations I visit. It is $10,000.00 to build a school with Free the Children’s Year of Education initiative. Let’s start there. Together let’s make dreams of a better future a reality. Thank you in advance to all of my supporters for their donations that will give people the means to live sustainable and full lives!
*In order to donate look to the charity section of my page for more information. Every little bit helps!
So, there it is. For two years I have been quietly planning and working towards this journey. It is just on the horizon and I can’t wait. Around the world by bicycle. Cycling Home from Sanya. Watch this page for updates as I prepare to leave in the coming months. Thanks for reading!
Posted on March 8, 2014, in Adventure, Around the World, Charity, Cycling, Motivation, Thoughts, Travel and tagged Adventure, Around the World, Charity, Cycling, Free the Children, motivation, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.