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I can't believe I'm doing this

It's been the coldest winter in Melbourne in over 25 years. That, combined with the fact I've been to China twice in the past 4 weeks and managed to pick up "the Lurgi", I'm moving like a piece of road kill. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the date on my birth certificate.

As I crawled out of bed this morning, Friday August 14th after pushing the snooze button twice, I waited for my eyes to focus in the mirror so I could commence my morning shave.

"What am I doing?", I asked my sleepy self incredulously.

Last night I paid for my Tour d'Afrique ride from Hong Kong to Phnom Penh via Hanoi. 28 days of riding my bike over 2500kms. Back to back days of over 100kms per day. Why am I doing this? Can I do this?

In 2008 I walked Kokoda and to this day it Was the most physically, mentally and emotionally demanding thing I have done. I know this will be different. I can foresee the physical demands but I know the mental challenge will be greater.

One thing I failed to do on Kokoda was to enjoy the moment. I focused too much on enduring it. I worried about surviving. I will ensure this time I relish the journey. Getting to Phnom Penh is not the goal. Taking something out of each day. Gaining an insight, seeing something which makes me smile or just appreciating a moment. Each day, every day.

So this is the story of what I find, each day. If you enjoy it, great, but I'm not writing it for you. I'm writing it for me. I want to make sure I achieve my daily objective. My ambition will be to update it daily, a discipline I know I am poor at. Another "challenge" for my trip. If I don't have access then no problem, I at least have a pen and paper and can add when I do.

So it's time to get on the bike and ensure I'm ready when I land in honkers.

Posted by Stephenhanlon 05:07 Archived in Australia Tagged bike

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