The clock stopped at 10:10 am in the Oncologists office.
If you are ever face to face with your own mortality like I was several times, know this is true:
You will likely beat it if you stay positive, and when you do: Every sunrise, every sunset, every success and every new friend you make will mean so much more that it ever did in your past life !
Excited to have been accepted by the Canadian Red Cross as an Internation Aid and Emergency Response Technician. Packed and ready for delpoyment, using all my previous firefighting skills. Now I will have followed my inspirational Fathers footsteps in all three of his major life events: Engineer/Paramedic/Red Cross. Love you Dad (Rudy Sr.) !
I met a lot of Nomads. I was always amazed by their strength and courage. I will write more about their stories in my book and film under final edits and coming out soon. Plus some other people that came into my life recently, good, bad some I miss so much.
Some Nomads had travelled for months, some had travelled for years. They had lost lifetime partners, had broken hearts, were dying or were going great distances around the world for a cause. They gave it all away, job, home, they lived outside and surprising they all smelled pretty good. Its hard to keep clean fed and healthy living on the road...really. Sometimes we travelled a few days together, we laughed we cried we told stories of our journeys and hardships. They all signed my flag that will rest on Everest did you?
In the end when we said goodbye, I gave them all 3 things they needed:
Food, water and a good long powerful hug!
I gave them all 3 things they needed:
Food, water and a good long powerful hug!
I planted this cedar tree over my mom and dads ashes in Whistler by Lost Lake. Sometimes I cycle up the 125 km just to water it. It has grown tall and beautiful just like they were. Its so peaceful and special here.
I am very grateful that I was able to save countless animals I found at the side of the road (except snakes). I never left one animal that was alive...ever. Even if I just patted them gave them water until they died. Sometimes I cried. Maybe my job instilled that in me, as I held many people when they died. If the animals were small I put them in my bin and carried them along did what I could, we kept each other company, sometimes left them in a town with a refuge. I am not a bad person, that you know, never hurt anything or anyone. The universe knows that. But, I knew that if anything ever happened to me in the desert, these demons that constantly followed me likely would not be as kind!
I looked out my window and saw this...... I had to climb our local mountains starting to prepare for Kilimanjaro. Camping is great for making snow caves with snowfalls are at record levels, excessive snow is a good thing, its our drinking water. Fresh water is more valuable than oil. It was so tranquil, so quiet in the virgin powder. I feel like spending the night. Even made a few friends, a Canadian version of St Bernard and a pesky Raven that likes chicken sandwiches on the peak.
Travel in time fifteen years ago when the Doctor told me I might die, I looked up the top regrets the dying had. Here are the top 3, they were really easy to do. I met several terminal cancer patients myself on my journey and their regrets were all similar.
Why not do them before that day we all will face.
1. I wish I had spent more time with the people I love.
It's easy to let that time slip away, but once it's gone you can never get it back. The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life
2. I wish I had worried less.
Worry is just using your imagination to create the things you don't want. We can't eliminate all worries, but we can choose where we direct our attention.
3. I wish I had forgiven more.
It takes a strong person to say "I'm sorry," and an even stronger person to forgive.
Guinness has just approved both my steepest street time record, and Australia's longest straight road time record. They also accepted my global cycling circumnavigation by following their rules. The film being made with a film company and the CBC will show my full story, the good and the bad encounters. I am excited. I'm just getting started.
The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.
When you find out why... its a very fulfilling feeling.
My next journey (on land) will be very picturesque, from January to April 2019, follow here for pics and updates.
This is Ben Lacompte he is swimming around the world. In 1998 he crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During his 73-day, 3,716-mile (5,980 km; 3,229 nmi) journey, Lecomte was accompanied by a 40-foot (12 m) sailboat that had an electromagnetic field for 25 ft (7.6 m) to ward off sharks. Now he is swimming the Pacific Ocean 8,900 km from Tokyo to San Francisco. He has been stopped twice by tyhoons. After 6 months he just crawled up on a beach in Hawaii this week to spend Christmas on land.. The Atlantic was for cancer charity the Pacific is raise awareness of excessive human garbage polluting the world's oceans.He sees plastic he says every few km.. He swims about 40 miles per day which is father than the English Channel. Below is his website you can follow this amazing man on his final push to San Francisco. http://benlecomte.com/
Makes my Alcatraz and Vancouver Island swim seem like childs play!~
I am a fire captain and cancer survivor.
In memory of the
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE