This is Victor. He must be close to 70 years old. I met him previously in Northern California. He is originally started from his home in Germany, and started this cycling leg of his journey in Anchorage. He was headed to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of North America. Then across to Cape Town Africa and north. He had lost his wife to cancer and everything in bad investments. So he left on his home on his bicycle and the road was now his home. All he owns is on his bike behind him. He had no finishing spot. He even smelled OK and had all his teeth so i gave him a few Clif Bars and some money! A real modern day nomad, just amazing to meet a human being like this man.
If you ever cycle across Australia: Be warned south of Brisbane along the coast, the flies and bugs are relentless. Worse than Burma or Thailand where the mosquitoes carried Dengue and Malaria. They need protein to breed. They get protein from your tears, saliva, the mucus in your nose -- and from blood. - I rigged up a cool face bug net after swallowing several flies and one stuck way up my sinus. I think they breed on the cow dung and kangaroo carcasses that litter the roadways in many areas. I minimum speed of 15-20 MPH outruns them a real motivator to keep going. If you go too fast they will hitch a ride on your back just waiting for you to stop and swarm you.
Crossing Thailand in 2014 we arranged a cycle 90 km into Bangkok with donations to the Red Cross Hematology Cancer Clinic in Bangkok. Myself and around 80 cyclists from all over the world cycled together for a common goal. I am so humbled and honored to confirm that now an annual charity ride will now be held for cancer charity in Bangkok since my ride there. It will be broken into 100, 50, 25 km cycle into the cycle called Rudy Pospisil's Ride To Conquer Cancer. Another annual strike against cancer and example that we are all working together to eliminate this disease once and for all!!!
Taking self pictures in deserts are harder than finding water. Extreme heat in the day cold at night. The desert comes alive at night with distant howling sounds of coyotes ... but more stars than I have ever seen. In Arizona I crossed the Sonoran Desert. After crossing hundreds of miles of flat scorching hot desert I came to this huge monolith I had to climb.You can see the road way up there! This was the continental divide near the Arizona New Mexico state line. It continues climbing into the mountains with elevations up to 6,500 ft. and crosses the Continental Divide in southern New Mexico. After crossing the Divide, it descends southeastward toward El Paso, Texas. It was a tough climb but it went from dry hot sand deserts to green hills streams and WATER. All water from here that ran west, went to the Pacific and East to the Atlantic my destination My bike, she was really tired and just wanted to lean on the sign and rest.
The first type of sign I like. When I find a sign like this one cycling near New Mexico/Texas, I like it. It usually means its peaceful ahead. The others being alone on a bike, those ones made me a little nervous.
My Name is Rudy Pospisil
I am a firefighter and cancer survivor circumnavigating the globe for cancer research.
My Current Location
In memory of the
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE
THirty Countries 4 Three Cancers