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.

7 thoughts on “Reason

  1. I want to express my admiration for your generosity for men and women who must have assistance with that field. Your special dedication to getting the solution all-around became surprisingly functional and have all the time allowed guys just like me to attain their pursuits. Your amazing invaluable advice indicates a great deal a person like me and somewhat more to my office colleagues. Warm regards; from all of us.

  2. Hi again David;
    I just read the “spooked by Parkinson’s”. Here is another perspective. My father had advanced Parkinson’s and was hopped up on medications until he died at 83. He indeed had a very limited mobility for the last 20 years of his life. However, I am 66, with no symptoms, nor has my brother at 70. Likewise, my father’s first cousin Bob just died at 89 without ever having any symptoms, and his father and and grandfather (my great-grandfather) both had severe Parkinson’s. So it does run in families, but getting it is not a given. I am just back from my solidarity cycle to Oak Bay! Cheers, John Plommer

  3. Hy David

    Schön das du uns auf deinem Bloc erscheinen lässt.
    Wenn ich das richtig verstaden Habe, fehlen dir noch unser Namen.
    Im grünen T-shirt, das bin ich, Michael Koch und im blauen T-shirt, Martin Kiser
    Ich wünsche dir noch einen guten Tripp ! Unser zug fährt morgen nach Jasper.
    Liebe grüsse

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