I read the blog post before in which I highlighted (very proudly) that “I have camped seven days in a row.” That, my friends, is nothing compared to the last leg of the trip. From Joseph, OR, to Portland it was a camping adventure. 525 miles of camping.
In Portland I did a trip to the ocean with Maddie, she is good! She also said I should make her look good, there is no need for that; she made it to the ocean and kept the pace of camping in unknown places and riding fast in the downhill🙂
I arrived to the ocean and that’s it. Done.
Well, for those who like accounting, overall in the lapse of 81 days or so I did over 3710 miles on the bicycle, (I am not counting small detours on campsites and stores etc.) That is almost the same distance to center of the earth but as you may know that distance is an approximation, nobody has reached it. As a kid, I read Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. I like to wonder about the adventure of Axel down there. I climbed 112,830 feet- that is, approximately four times the altitude at the top of mount Everest. Also, I descended an estimated three and half times to the deepest point in the ocean, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. Humans are awesome.
Those stats are just numbers. The real accounting does not exist, and there is no medal or reward at the end of the journey as one of my fellow bicyclist remarked. So what it is all this for? The 81 days “off the grid” with me promoting “solar energy” and “solar” changes and behaviors with a solar panel and a bike.
At the beginning of the journey I made some remarks on motivation, on emotions and wishes taking into consideration emotive words from Dr. Carl Lewis from CMU’s graduation ceremony saying that “I will change the world, responsibly.” I guess I took it the wrong way. No single man on a bike, even if he goes to Jupiter with his bike (I know there is no road, yet) can change the world by himself. My message for myself is then: “Nico: change yourself – the world, your world, your created perspective will follow- just change yourself.”
I am again on the path to do so. I hope the readers join in their own way.
“Every human around us is a story teller, every single one of them distorts the truth.”
-Don Miguel Ruiz