This whole bike expedition began in January as a mere notion, which seemed too far-fetched at the time. So I posted it on Facebook, as follows:
I have an idea. It’s not fully formed yet, but I’m hoping you can help me with that.
Seven months ago a health issue landed me in hospital with starvation (…it’s a long story). Almost all my muscles had atrophied away to the point where it was a challenge to walk around the block on my thin and weakened legs. When I set off on my month-long solo bike tour two months ago, it came after months of rebuilding. It was something I’d dreamed of doing for years, but I’d been held back by ill health. The bike trip was also part of my healing process, helping re-build my physical and mental resilience.
I’ve come a long way, but I’m still on the road to recovery. I feel pressure to re-enter the workforce, but I’m not sure if I’m ready yet, as my health is still up and down. But I can ride a bike and I can write, if I have the freedom to go at my own pace.
I have an idea to go on another big bike journey, starting in Hobart in late Feb, and cycling north up the east coast of Australia. I want to travel to innovative sustainability projects along the way and blog about them as I go. I also want to write openly about my health challenges and recovery process, rather than hiding it. Even if nobody reads it, I think I’ll enjoy writing it and I think it will be good for me.
But here are some gaps for which I’d love your ideas:
1. I’ve never written a blog before, as I’ve always felt the idea to be quite self-indulgent (“why would people want to read my rubbish?”). Does anyone have experience with blogging and can give me some advice? I like the idea of a blog that’s short, interesting and understated, and not proselytising.
2. I lack funds. How can I raise some money before I go, as well as along the way? I’d live very lean. I think I’d need about $1k to prepare and get started, and about $1.5k each month that I’m on the road.
3. Is this whole idea crazy? Would it even work logistically to travel to one inspiring sustainability project after another, arranging site tours and interviews, and writing about them? Can you suggest any contacts, or sustainability projects I should visit, or routes I should travel?
And for those who followed my last bike journey: any feedback that could improve this next one?
My last bike journey taught me that you can become capable of doing something by going and doing it. I would love to do a trip like this — it feels authentic and true to myself — and I’d love any ideas you can give me to help me make it happen.
P.S. Feel free to send me a private message if you’d prefer.
And the rest is history.