Please follow my blog as I update with my progress. Unfortunately I don’t have the huge publicity machine that celebrities have when they do their big challenges so if you can find a little loose change in your wallet or even a huge wedge of spare cash please please please send it my way. Every penny really keeps me going, particularly when the days are dull.
You know how some apparently normal people take on challenges that on the face of it look like they are way beyond the limit of what is typical or wise?
Have you seen how their first idea becomes a draft plan and how all sorts of thoughts spiral together so that this relatively normal chap ends up unicycling his way to the South Pole and in doing so raises heaps of cash for very worthy causes?
Hmmmmm…. Yes….that’s me….ish! I was a 50 year old (now 51), overweight, desk jockey who acquired this affliction and had this idea to take on a challenge and a half and attempt a 5000 mile walk around the coastline of mainland Great Britain, even though I was torn between obsessive enthusiasm, worry for my family and massive self-doubt that I could actually do it.
I can’t say where or how the idea really originated, though I am beginning to suspect a long dog walk may well be the culprit. However, having had the idea, I’ve since read a fair few books and blogs from people who have completed the challenge to see if I could understand what motivated them. In conclusion – I don’t think they knew either. Maybe it’s an age thing? In truth I suspect it is an urge to do something tough that can also tangibly contribute and help. Some might describe it as a personal pilgrimage but maybe I see it as more of an item in my bucket list. I also find myself with the opportunity to raise money for two excellent causes.
And my family? Despite my potential 10 month absence, my family are incredibly supportive. My partner lurches from enthusiastic support to worry and upset at my clear desertion but she also insists that I have to do it and have no excuses anymore….gulp! The kids are hardly children anymore and though exams press for all of them, they are confident that modern technology can keep up communications and couldn’t be more enthusiastic. I’m hoping that all of my family can join me at some time during the walk.