Part 4 The Groad Home

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Paradise Groad -

There is a re­cur­ring theme that per­vades all the more ex­treme rides I have ei­ther cre­ated or par­tic­i­pated in; and that is that Noth­ing Ever Goes Ac­cord­ing To Plan. From near-hy­pother­mia in the Cana­dian wilder­ness, to be­ing caught in a ty­phoon in New Zealand, to land­ing up in a ca­su­alty ward in ru­ral Italy… it’s as if I pur­pose­fully for­get that risk and dan­ger are im­plied terms of ad­ven­ture.

And this trip, rel­a­tively short though it was, had brought with it one of the most dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions I’ve been in so far.

Yet it’s hard not to re­flect upon sit­u­a­tions such as this with at least the be­gin­nings of a smile. These are the mem­o­ries that sus­tain us; the mo­ments that de­fine us; and the rea­son we come back to search for par­adise once more.

Bike-pack­ing is never sup­posed to be com­fort­able. But to pack up, ride into un­known ter­ri­tory and re­turn is a beau­ti­ful thing.

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