Keith March 9th, 2010
Adventures are not adventures if there isn’t a degree of danger and uncertainty about them. – Ewan McGregor
While in Blackwood this weekend, we drove into Trentham for a visit.
There was a group of motorcyclists in town, and I struck up a conversation with one (who was riding a very nice touring BMW). He was preparing to take part in the “2010 Long Ride”, an event to raise funds for prostate cancer research in Australia, in which he and others will be riding from Melbourne to Darwin via New South Wales and Queensland – a distance of over 4,000 km.
I talked about my 1980 trip across the Nullarbor from Melbourne to Karratha, WA. On this trip, I travelled 5,000 km in six days on a GSX 750 Suzuki (and home again at a slightly slower rate).
This put me in mind of “Long Way Round” – Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s epic 2004 motorcycle ride across Europe, Russia and North America. I have recently watched this on DVD, and have now just started reading the book. Inspiring stuff!
Climbing Everest is pretty serious stuff. Here are some of the thoughts that I tweeted from Nick’s presentation:
- The number of deaths on Everest is 8% of the number of summiteers.
- A dream becomes a goal when you start actively planning it.
- Success requires taking risks.
- Failure teaches that taking risks is crucial.
- Failure provides an experience you can’t buy.