I’ve been yearning for some EPIC, bike related adventure recently.
I think it’s partly due to the books I’ve been reading – Mark Beaumont’s ‘The man who cycled the world’ and Alistair Humphreys’ ‘Moods of future joy’ – about men who travelled the world on a bicycle – but also because I’ve never really done anything on a bike other than ride trails.
Don’t get me wrong, I love hitting the trails for some adrenaline fuelled action and nothing compares to good, flowing singletrack – but I feel the need to push my experience further.
The closest I’ve come to ‘epic-ness’ so far was an overnight venture into the Peak District with a good friend of mine just over a month ago. While the 70 mile round journey wasn’t exactly what you would call ‘epic adventure’, we both experienced highs, lows and innumerable comical moments and it well and truly whet my appetite
Now I want more.
I think it’s something to do with the simplicity of the bicycle, and the spirit of travel which has left me like a drug addict, gagging for a fix – I just can’t get the thought out of my head.
The only problem is – I have no idea what I can do, what is realistic and what is the most epic thing possible that fits within my rather tight financial restrictions. Such indecision led me to start a thread last week to see what adventures all of ST’s readers have embarked upon.
The results have been inspirational.
Many of you recommended race style events such as Megavalanche or Sleepless in the Saddle. Epic no doubt, but I think my heart lies more in touring and riding for the sake of riding, just me and the bike, a change of clothes and the open road ahead.
While many of you commented on what can only be viewed as truly epic trips around Iceland and New Zealand, there was one post which drew my attention more than the others. The post by ‘Alpin’ mentioned giving up employment and riding from London to Munich with no specific plan – which struck me as being the spirit of adventure in its essence.
I’ve cited early February as the beginning of an adventure packed year – and although I’m still not sure what exactly I’m going to do first, I am determined to get some serious mileage under my wheels.
Perhaps I don’t need a plan, maybe the best thing to do is just ride out and see where I end up.
The world is my oyster after all…….
Posted on: December 2, 2009 by fighttheburn