I feel it fitting that after a 30 year career as a firefighter... the last 10 years cycling around the world, that I end my career when I finish my global circumnavigation by bike.... in Melbourne.
It has been the most amazing career full of happiness and sadness helping people that called for us. I was fortunate to have saved many Iives....and to me it was the most rewarding feeling ever. I would repeat my career again in a heartbeat. Because along with my journey I had truly found my destiny!.I am not stopping riding after as a matter of fact I plan to continue full time.I have put it all together in a book I hope to publish next year for my charity and to inspire others.
Firefighter's from around the world will join me in Melbourne to celebrate November 18 and I am most humbled to be in their company on such a significant day in my life. Today, I will go for a rather sad (yes I will cry) long solo ride and reflect on my career from sunrise to sunset. Stay tuned to follow an amazing journey across Australia that I assure we will never forget!
I never pass an injured animal on my bike. I also move dead ones off the road. I figure Perth to Melbourne 4000 km I can save at least one a day so at least 40-50 animals. I carry a small rescue bin. I will take a picture of each one. The only rule: No snakes or skunks.
Some days one never forgets. Today was one of mine. It was the finish of my second round fight with cancer in 17 years. Its never a very easy fight. The Oncologist told me my odds were 30-50%, I said that doesn't change my plans to cycle across Australia for cancer. He said why on earth would you put your body through that stress after all this? I said, "So you can tell the next guy his odds are 100%."
The three girls (angels) Kari, Stefanie and Heidi that treated over the past 2 months on the linear accelerator deep in the basement were very sad today.I looked them each in the eyes hugged them a long time and thanked them all for saving my life. And I will continue my life for one main cause and never give up. I told them as a firefighter I had saved many lives on the spot, as they do in their jobs as well, but unfortunately they never really see the outcome as it happens over time and the patients are gone forever. . Then we all started crying and hugs all around. We agreed to all go for a bike ride soon and be friends for life. Likely they had to mop the floor after that. Sparkle was a bit jealous. So now the next chapter begins. First I must prove to my work that I can pass many strenuous training tests, and have not lost the skills required to return as a Captain. . I really don't want to be considered a hero or a legend. I only want to be recognized as a man that has truly found his destiny. And in my journey that I can inspire people to do good, to help others, to help fight this disease and in that maybe find their own destiny. This flight is far from over!
Ladies and Gentlemen this is your Captain speaking. As you are aware the journey has been experiencing some moderate turbulence the last 6 weeks. At this point we ask you return to your seats and fasten your seatbelt, This upcoming last week due to the culmination of several strong combined systems we are anticipating some severe to extreme turbulence. But we promise to get you through it together. After that we expect smooth sailing for the rest of the journey around the world with some amazing views out your window. We will as a courtesy compliment all your drinks for free. Thank you for joining us, and sit tight, this flight is not over yet and as your Captain I PROMISE together we will make it.
Twenty-eight years ago I started a career in the Burnaby Fire Department ( I have a few years to go still !!!) I had no idea in my career I would ever experience that amount of physical mental and emotional trauma. I kept a diary to help me cope and hope it to be an interesting book "Flashover" As many in this profession of first responders we have seen the extremes of tragedy and happiness, success and failure. We worked the best as we could in a team, did what we got paid for and were trained to do, and did our very best because failure could be tragic. From delivering babies and seeing their first breath to holding the hands of people as they took their last. It is a career like no other. It can be so emotional that few leave or retire being the same person they were when they first started.The divorce rate for firefighters is three times that of the general population. A functioning, long-term marriage in this profession is uncommon; a happy, thriving, intimate one is rare. Many cancer rates up to four times as high. I believe the toxicity and exposure to carcinogenic materials doing my job gave me and the entire regular crew of four men I worked many years with the same cancer .Bearing all this in mind, I would do this career again in a heartbeat. That moment of seeing a first breath, success in getting that breath or heartbeat back, and being part of a well trained team in an intense but successful battle with fire are the most exciting, emotional and gratifying experiences one could ever imagine. I am also proud to be a Canadian from British Columbia as I am welcomed around the world in the most humbling manor. Thank you.
Very nice of my home town the City of Burnaby putting this paver in their plaza at City Hall. Even spelled my last name right! This is for all the kids in school that used to beat me up because I was weak and had a funny name. You didn't know it at the time but you were making me stronger.
Biggest achievement in my life (so far). World Record hill climb challenge Nov 30 2016 @ 12 noon climb Baldwin Street New Zealand (see clip). The World's steepest street. I never looked up, it was an extreme physical challenge. Believe in yourself. If you do you will overcome challenges you might have told yourself are impossible.
On November 30 2016 Rudy Pospisil a fire captain from Vancouver Canada cycling around the world set a world record time of 3:49:24 cycling up Baldwin Street.  | 
These Firefighters man the Innisfail Fire Station about 1500 km north of Brisbane Australia. I figured the minimum height and weight requirement to work here is over 6 ft 2 " and 220 lbs.. These guys put me up for the night fed me and we shared a lot of stories on firefighting. One member of each crew is trained in snake handling as many deadly snakes get into homes and they need to get them out. I showed them the picture of the green tree snake snake I caught with stick earlier that day. They said that's not a tree snake thats a Taipan the deadliest snake in the world and it will chase a person.
Just one bite is enough to kill at least 100 human adults or 250 thousand mice. Depending on several factors a bite if left untreated has the potential to kill someone in under 30 minutes. Its venom is about 50 times more toxic that the king cobra venom. I never trapped any snakes after that.
My Name is Rudy Pospisil
I am a firefighter and cancer survivor circumnavigating the globe for cancer research.
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