Archive for the ‘Inspiration and motivation’ Category

Los Andes

After almost two weeks in La Paz it felt good to be back on the road again – then again it always does. Having cycled solo for almost a year I was thoroughly enjoying the company of Alex; a heavily bearded and rather jolly Austrian. We met at the casa de cyclistas in La Paz. As the only two fool’s stupid enough to be headed north, into the immense mountains of Peru during rainy season, we decided to team up. It’s hard not to like the bloke given how amicable he is. Alex is eight months into a monster ride the length of the Americas, from Patagonia to Alaska.
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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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Escaping From Iran

I lay down on the mildly comfortable (although a foot too short) bed and let out a deep sigh as I melted into the firm mattress. Everything aches. My thighs, back, bum, feet, shoulders and my head throbs with a thousand thoughts. In seconds though, I am asleep. We have spent the entire week working towards this one moment with only one waking thought: get to Mashhad by Saturday night. We cycled almost 100 miles each day through desolate desert and on the last day a surprise snow storm lay in wait for us. Although I enjoy the satisfaction of achieving our goal and the fact that I don’t have to explain to Iranian border guards why we overstayed, within a second it is gone. Sleep takes me.
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The Visa Black Hole

On our return to Tehran we were beset by visa trouble. With a list of unattractive options we set about doing all that we could to prevent getting a bus or worse still a plane.

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Welcome to Iran

Approaching the heavily fortified border crossing we caught sight of a sign proclaiming “Welcome To Iran” adorned with pictures of the Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamanie. We were left wondering if we would be welcomed given the recent looting of the British embassy in Tehran and the burning of the Union Jack. Iran was the country we had been most excited about for the whole trip but now we were nervous about how we would be received given that diplomatic relations between Britain and Iran were at their lowest point ever and tensions were running high. We took a deep breath and crossed the border…
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Snow Riding

On the way out of Kayseri we spotted an M&S. İn a rare moment of genius İ suggested we stop and see if they had some thermals to keep our crown jewels warm during the impending winter. Half an hour later and weighted by an additional pair of sexy long johns we peddled off smiling. These have already proved to be a wise, if not fashionable investment.
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