Bicycling from Britain to Kurdistan
Over the years, Kurdistan has seen a lot of oddities to last it a life time- however; it's safe to say that this one takes the bag.
Jasper Handman, a middle aged British Cyclist, traveled all the way from Britain to Kurdistan. What's so strange about that, you might wonder. Well, normally, it's not considered strange, but when you travel with the use of a bike alone- well, that's a whole different story.
A full travel diary of Jasper Handman's journey can be found on the Bas News website. Jasper Handman claims that he traveled to Kurdistan in hopes of helping the Syrian refugees and his act of complete selflessness is noticed throughout the region as many Kurdish officials and civilians come to greet him as he arrives in Kurdistan.
Jasper writes in his full travel diary found on the Bas News web page, that he "decided to go Iraqi Kurdistan because of its wonderfully generous and interesting people, its unique and tragic history, its delicate position as a peaceful enclave of hope and prosperity in a region engulfed by turmoil, and the determination of the Kurds to build a positive future for themselves – something they have been brutally denied for many decades."
Of course, deciding to travel somewhere doesn't really explain why you'd bike there. However; Jasper's answer is refreshingly simple and well thought out. "The idea to bicycle there came later, simply as a means of getting there more than anything. I had some time, cycling is cheap, I felt it was time for a bit of an adventure – why not?"
Why not indeed. Jasper Handman's journey to Kurdistan by bike inspires a certain awe and pride in all of us at the show of selflessness and determination and it breaks through most of our hearts by striking an insatiable determination to do good.