I have officially cycled around the world following the rules set out by Guinness World Record people. Our flag I carried will fly all week on this tower in Melbourne then return to Canada to fly at City Hall In Vancouver. I have never been so proud to be a Canadian and a British Columbia born and raised! I have crossed 18 countries covered over 29,000 km and used the same bike for the last 10 to complete my ultra marathon cycle. I set two world records during my journey that I am very proud of. I have saved almost 100 animals from the side of the road. I averaged 100 km per day burned around 5000 to 8000 calories per day. I was hit by cars twice , robbed , driven off the road several times bitten by several reptiles flies and insects run off the road by road trains and cheated death more times than I ever want to remember. My last leg in Australia I will have raised almost $50,000 thanks so much to the Melbourne firefighters. I have started annual fundraisers in 5 cities around the world. Why did I live through it? I don’t really know . I think the universe, the power in it that plans all our fates awarded me a chance to fulfill my destiny ...it already knew I never give up it knew I could survive. It knew I would keep going on now even though I have finished. Egypt Israel and Jordan . I contacted the Bedouins Jordan's desert-dwelling nomads I will join and travel with them across the desert top show the world who they are... and I promised I would. Thank you everyone for believing in me. Thank you for believing I could do it. Thank you for supporting my cause to cure cancer. I never ever break a promise and I never ever give up until a cure is found or I die! Well its sunny and warm and Sparkle want to ride to the beach today. Stay tuned I,m not finished. That’s all I have to say about that.
World Record. 5 hours 1 minute and 20 seconds. OFFICIALLY RECORDED This was one tough feat average 30 kph , I did not feel alone everyone following cancer patients family thank you all . I’m real tired now so I think I’ll go home Only 3000 km to go. So if you want to beat it $1000 to the cancer charity of your choice is the fee. i will pay for the first challenger. Good luck its a bitch like riding into a furnace on at full blast. My eyeballs dried out and my nose is plugged with dust.
Four months ago I was listening to this song because I could not walk up a set of stairs I was so weak I never thought i would ride a bike again. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxiu8UPuzA8
I am a man from British Columbia they dont even know. The support has been amazing. i think they know people from British Columbia and Firefighters are good people. I fly my Canadian flag with signatures of Canadians and cancer patients. What a great turnout by all the amazing Australian Volunteer Firefighters.At least a dozen crews were waiting at the sides of the highway on my way into the outback to chat and shake hands . I had a few good stories ready!!!. These amazing men and women do the job not for money (because they dont get paid)...but because they love to help others. I told the Commissioner this morning he must be proud of his volunteers and he confirmed he is!.I know these are the guys that will come to my aid and clean me off the road if anything happens to me. Each day now will be less and less people cars and trucks just a desert plain and nothing.
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.
My Name is Rudy Pospisil
I am a firefighter and cancer survivor circumnavigating the globe for cancer research.
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