Why does anyone take on a challenge? It is some kind of pull on me. Not a push. When George Mallory was asked why he climbed Everest he answered: “Because it is there.” My own because is probably no different. But that does not prevent me from rationalizing so I will start listing them and maybe, over time, will come up with my top ten reasons why. Here is a start:
1/ To get in shape.
2/ To see what it feels like doing it at 54 compared to 19.
3/ To have a long period of reflection.
4/ To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the first UWC, Atlantic College, with a personal challenge and see if I can connect with at least one UWC alum from each of the 50 years.
5/ Because I am spooked by a father struggling with Parkinson’s Disease; I want to do these things while I am physically able to do so.
6/ To fall in love with Canada some more.
7/ To test out some new equipment and see if anything has changed in three decades since I cycled across Canada east to west.