Well I guess I sold out and started a blog. Everything I wanted to get away from I am now becoming.
This trip started in the summer of 2005 with the idea to cycle from the UK to South Africa. Now in Cairo and nine months into the trip peer pressure and the sad admittance that, yes I guess it could be fun, has resulted in me starting this blog. Its just ramblings of my thoughts, emotions and observations as I cycle along.
The idea of a long bike trip came from a late night conversation with a friend after returning from previous travels. I said "What should I do with my life," he replied, "Why don't you cycle to Cape Town." Obviously that idea stuck. Other influences are my love of the "Huckleberry Finn" idea of total escapism from society and simple living, which has filled my imagination since childhood. The reality of this idea I have found more difficult than I first thought. To escape from society is one thing but you can never escape from your own mind...
"The thing to remember when travelling is that the trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you will miss all that you were travelling for" Louis L'Amour
"As long as there is wilderness, I know there is a larger part of myself that I can always visit, vast tracks of territory lying dormant, craving exploration and providing sanctity." Douglas Coupland
"My hearts like an open book for the whole world to read." Vince Neil
Cairo. March '06