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Hitting The Big Time

Having finally outrun the snow and rain in my race north through Patagonia I could again enjoy the simplicity of cycling and camping. I reached a trio of significant milestones: 20,000 miles cycled, £30,000 raised for the amazing charity War Child and two years on the road. Naturally this got me thinking about my journey.
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Alone Again

After more than two weeks rest in Esquel (Argentinian Patagonia), the gash on my leg finally healed. I thanked Maria and her family who were exceptionally kind and had given me a home away from home whilst I recuperated. My partner in crime on the Carretera Austral, Hobo Dan, had traded his bike in and taken a plane to Bolivia so it was time to set off alone. Whilst my Spanish was improving it was still basic and communication was a continuous challenge. This meant as I cycled north I could go days without really speaking to anyone. Cycling through the Patagonian desert I battled icy wind, freezing rain, and snow.  I felt all alone.
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Life After Death

It’s generally considered morbid to think about death too often. However I think it is important to be reminded of our mortality. Fear of failure can hold us back from seeking the things in life we really want but in the face of death this and other fears melt away. Knowing that our time in this world is finite pushes us to make the most of the time that we do have.  I am far more afraid of regret than failure.
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El Gringo

There are many explanations for the origins of the word gringo which is loosely applied to all foreigners in South America. One version is that when the US invaded Mexico wearing green uniforms the Mexicans would shout ‘green go’.  Regardless of its roots the term certainly applies to me.  Once again I am a stranger in a strange land. Only now I am completely alone as Andy returned to London after pedalling into Sydney. I know just one person on this continent; an old friend who lives in Cartagena, Colombia. Cold comfort as that is 15,000km away, the end point of my ride in South America.
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The Bush Dance, Family Tree’s and Aggressive Hospitality

After the barren wastes of the Nullarbor Plain, heading east from Adelaide we were richly rewarded with kind hospitality from strangers, a plethora of wildlife and stunning scenery. Though we would still have to perform the ‘Bush Dance’* with infuriating regularity this was probably my favorite leg of Australia.
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Beautiful Borneo & Crazy KL

Andy and I huddled under a rock as the storm raged. Lightning illuminated the sky and a deep rumbling thunder sounded close by. Our fire, along with our morale was extinguished. We were sleeping rough on Kruin beach in Bako national park on Borneo. Our decision to camp with no tent in a region endemic to crocodiles resulted in a poor night’s sleep. Despite the insomnia and discomfort I revelled in the sense of adventure.
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