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 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.
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!
It was an inspirational and emotional day for me at Meadowbank School in Auckland. George and 2 friends had been watching the street all morning and ran up when he saw me... RUDY you really are here you really are here and you have the bike, then he led me to the class. Other children joined to make a parade like the Pied Piper or Santa's arrival at the mall...it was so humbling and emotional. We had a long chat questions , some of the best questions ever. Name all your countries you visited, what was the scariest part, are you lonely, how fast is the fastest you went. Questions from young interested minds.They gave me Clif bars gels and a bag full of papers with thoughts from each of them what they thought of my journey and me .Then we drew from a hat to name my bike as they had all picked names. Well my bike is now officially " SPARKLE". It was so hard holding back the tears until I got out of sight but then I let it go and man did I ever cry tears of joy and happiness to see how I my journey had inspired our future generation.
Rolling right now out of Auckland first stop at Meadowbank school to visit the kids first that have been following my journey try to inspire some young minds. Then its the final push before Christmas a tough 450 km and 4000 meters of climbing to Cape Reinga lighthouse. I plan to jump in for a swim in my speedo if its safe and dump the sand and water I have carried all across New Zealand from the southern tip Bluff Lighthouse. Stay tuned for some great pictures folks and Merry Christmas.
Only in New Zealand can you forget your laptop in a McDonald's with your passport, wallet and $500 in the laptop bag and when you call them after riding 4.5 hours and 90 km down they road they look and say yup its there on the table.In Vancouver if you went to the washroom it would be gone. They packed it up called a courier and delivered it to me for free with a coupon for a free meal. New Zealand you are a truly amazing Country.
Today at Auckland Airport . What an amazing day in my life collecting for the charity a week before Christmas. We met so many great people and raised buckets for Leukemia today.Leukemia is the number 1 cancer in children. Two girls were going on a holiday with their Mom as they just lost their father to the disease. I had to hold back my tears.Then the calendar shoot again for the charity and so honored a Canadian Firefighter in the New Zealand calendar. It took me 25 years and 18 countries!. My bike was really excited she got in the shots. December 2018 is the one.
My Name is Rudy Pospisil
I am a firefighter and cancer survivor circumnavigating the globe for cancer research.
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