When I first mentioned attempting this trip to a friend I was given maximum encouragement and a question – ‘how?’
My response to her was the same as it had been to everyone else – ‘its just one pedal then one pedal – millions of times’!!
The basis of this is from the saying – “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”.
There are already times that this feels achievable and that the steps or pedals taken seem smooth and then there are other times when I feel like I am ‘not the sort of person who can do this’.
Luckily for me at these times, because cycling is such a bodily activity, my physical self just keeps Tilly going whilst the other bit of me is thinking about being cold/tired/lonely/hungry/worried and not able to ‘do this’! Until I pull myself back together.
In addition to this I have a great collection of tangible reminders from friends and family at home – amongst them a travelling stone, 2 turtles (slow steady wins the race!) and Tilly’s headset top – an essential bit of kit and one I see everytime I get my head down either for a long climb or because I’m having a strop.
I cannot be sad with this view of Tilly let alone all the amazing views I have already been part of and the ones yet to be encountered.