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 "The Jaws of Life" 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 only have 4000 km more to ride and my final battle to finish with cancer left now.
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.
Its a strange feeling riding across deserts.Especially all alone and knowing someone is watching you.Vultures, they would follow me all day. I would swear at them throw rocks but they liked it even more as I seemed afraid. If I layed in the shade and they would land all around me and slowly move closer.They would circle above as they do when there is dead prey, or just land ahead on a cactus and would just give a deathly glare as I rode by. I knew full well that they are just waiting for this Canadian to die in their harsh environment, so they can eat me. Unfortunately for them they followed the wrong guy!
Crossing Thailand I stayed with some Buddhist monks near Chiang Mai. They eat really well which I liked a lot. They did yoga which I liked a lot as I practice in Vancouver. But my socks got really dirty so I should have just gone barefoot the whole time! They really like my idea of cycling around the world for charity, they all discussed deeply, and they even took Sparkle for a spin around the temple. Then they blessed me with some type of holy water so I knew I was in. Mostly what I liked about them was their philosophy. It was the poorest country I had been in but had the happiest people why was that? The important thing in life they taught me was to find your purpose in life, and then to find true happiness. True happiness comes not from material things like money, cars homes, you need to detach yourself from wants in life. True happiness comes from giving to and helping others. Eg. When you give someone a nice gift and they like it how good it makes you feel? Ironically, it is through such an engagement with one's self, the world and reality that one is able to achieve a transcendent happiness. It was at this point that I discovered that I had by chance found true happiness through what I was doing on my bike.
This is Victor he is from Bulgaria. His wife died a few years ago and he was so sad and lonely. He sold his home and everything he had and bought a bike and is riding the rest of his life he says ....because it makes him happy. I had tears in my eyes listening to his story of his wife's slow death, but at the same time so proud of his courage and a way to find peace in his sorrow. I shared a few of my Clif Bars with him as he made his cereal mix at a bench. We then rode together for a few days. I met him here in southern California.
He was on his way to Tierra del Fuego he said "where the road ends" It does, that's the southern tip of South America. Victor had found his peace .
DEAD to the RED I'm calling my next cycle leg. A lot of people are asking me where to next. I will cover Egypt, Israel and Jordan and travel from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea. The biggest climb is 25 km and 950 m up from the Dead Sea . The Dead Sea is the lowest point on dry land at -400m and so salty you float on the surface. Cairo, Luxor, Jerusalem, Nathareth, Amman, Petra and finish at Sharm El-Sheikh. . Already applying for Visas and studying my Arabic signage and customs (no shorts?). Should be an amazing journey with amazing lanscapes and people. I can't sit still long.Travel light and fast little rain gear about 2100 km. Stsay tuned for constant updates.
As I worked my way along the undulating roadway that followed rugged northern coastline of New Zealand towards Cape Reinga I could see the end in the distance and I was completely overcome by emotion.I was nearing the end of another long journey. Cape Reinga is a spiritual place where the souls leave the land for heaven and I could feel the power here.The sun was shining on me, the ocean breeze, the strong smell of the jasmine plants not wanting it to end all fit the picture perfectly of how a trip to heaven could actually feel..When the Maori Men met me at the lighthouse giving me a ceremonial welcome Arahi and a Haka that was it, such and honor to welcome me in this traditional way to such a sacred place.Tony Scott my firefighter brother gave me a traditional necklace a Manaia a protector of evil, (for my job as a firefighter) and against cancer. The Hook on the necklace is to give me a safe passage over water, my trip home and my future journey's. I made my way to the ocean and dumped the sand and water I had carried across the country to join the two points. I did not want it to end, I did not want to go back to the real world we all live in of stress, bills, work, medical tests relationship issues, no I wanted to go on with the journey. But just heaven lay ahead of Cape Reinga and I am not ready to go there yet. All the cancer patients at my talks that inspired me and hugged me, all my firefighter brothers coming to hear me speak the people that gave me a bed for the night that fed me that thanked me all the children of Meadowbank school made me realize this leg may well be over but not my journey..... it never would be.It was just moving on to Egypt another Country with other people like wonderful New Zealand friends I have made for life!. I feel so blessed tonight.
Ninety Mile Beach !!!! The final long run to Cape Reinga you can cycle on it. What an amazing place. Even found a makeshift film crew camped out about 5 km up of Jovi Josh and Casper the dog on the beach. Offered $50 to this crack non union film team to film me cycling along take some pics etc. Finish at noon tomorrow hopefully.I will dump sand and water from the bottom Tasman Sea in New Zealand to the Tasman/Pacific link at the north and hopefully jump in. Cape Reinga is a very spiritual place such as Kaena Point I crossed in Oahu: :The 'Te Rerenga Wairua' component of the name in Māori language means the leaping-off place of spirits. The 'Reinga' part of the name is the Māori language word meaning the underworld. Both refer to the Māori belief that the cape is the point where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld. Stay tuned!
My Name is Rudy Pospisil
I am a firefighter and cancer survivor circumnavigating the globe for cancer research.
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