So before something like this nonsence quoted below gets posted. In her words:
"“I’m still reeling from the shock of it that I’ve made it this far. I honestly didn’t think I’d be getting here,” she said.
What remains, she hopes, will be a message about perseverance.
“If you can just find a way to keep going, either metaphorically or literally, whether you’re running a marathon or facing financial problems or have bad news to deliver or it’s tough at work or whatever, if you can just find a way to keep going, then you will discover that you have potential within yourself that you never never realized,” she said.
“Keeping going is the important thing, persevering, no matter how messy that gets. I mean, for me, sometimes I’ll be sitting in my tent in the morning bawling my eyes out, having tantrums. It’s not been pretty. But I’ve kept going, and that is the important thing because at some point in the future you’ll look back and just be amazed at how far you’ve come.”
quote:To be honest, this man seems like a dimbulb, and I hope he doesn't receive any attention. I would not want kids, or other members of society attempting such an ill-conceived trip, which has, even in the first leg, relied completely on the kindness of strangers in random encounters.
While such an epic journey, might be admirable in dire condtitions eg. find water for one's village, in this culture and era, it's hugely irresponsible, and I would not want kids, to emulate him. I doubt many parents would want their kids to do so, with a similar level of planning (as his own, apparently, much more level-headed father attests to).
It is almost inconceivable to me...the reasoning that goes into a man who had a "revelation" that he was able to bike across Canada the previous year, into not having much "fear" about trying this.
I hope he continues to receive all the support he needs not to get killed (I am glad to see, he has people ready to pick him up), but I wouldn't want to see such a misadventure applauded. If any member of this community went on a hike or climb, with a similar level of planning, experience, and reliance on random support from strangers, they'd be eviscerated, and rightly so (Luckily, another party happened along, and I borrowed water from them...then further on, another party spared some water and food, then thank god, another party saw me, and I got water from them....).
I also think the notion of "self-support", is just self-serving hype....since he has full support at each stop, as well as getting random services from strangers, and, has already called friends to pick him up to take him out of a leg, he's really just trying to avoid the illusion of not having a support crew...when in fact it would be wise (and his case needed) to have one. That would be smart planning, much more self-sufficient, and not so irresponsible, but not sound as good at first glance on paper.