Why I Did This

To be frank, I’m not exactly sure what led me to take this trip. It kind of just seemed like a good idea, at least better than anything else I could think of. So why not?

Of course there are a lot of different ways to travel, but, for me, biking’s the way to go. Yes, it’s slow, it’s raw, it’s difficult, but it’s also awesomely rewarding. It forces you off the beaten track and leads you to corners of the world that most people will never see, even if they want to. There’s really no getting around it, when you can only travel 50-100 miles a day, you’re destined to get stuck in some strange places and weird situations. You’re guaranteed to leave your comfort zone, sometimes way more than you want. I really do think that adventure doesn't exist until you are completely in a state of discomfort. When you’re truly unnerved, that’s when things start to get interesting. Adventure is great for adventures sake, but I think it can also be a pragmatic source of education, on the job training if you will. So in that way, I have been trying to justify this trip to myself as an educational endeavor…

I’m not doing this for a cause, a charity, or to otherwise be portrayed as a Good Samaritan, and I don’t have any sponsors, nor people that I have accepted donations from; I’m doing this trip completely for me, by me.  You see, I believe that you always have to have something to look forward to, a goal that you’re working towards achieving, even if it’s small or trivial. Without an objective, life can seem cliché and purposeless. For the better part of three years, this trip has been that goal, my goal. Whenever I’ve been bored, fed up, or feeling like my life is stalling, I can find meaningfulness in planning my bike trip. Even right now, I’m writing this post weeks before me departure date, because it makes me feel productive, like I’m working towards something interesting and important. Whether or not anyone else thinks this trip is worthwhile, there’s no denying this trip has provided me with self-motivated ambition. This trip has become my thing, my challenge, my life.

So to conclude, forget about all the bull shit I just wrote in the previous paragraphs, and just know that I fundamentally want to bike across Eurasia for one reason; it sounds like a lot of fun. A job can wait, a family can wait, but I haven’t really convinced myself that this trip can wait. I may never again have the physical strength and schedule flexibility needed to do this. The time is now.

For more information about my thoughts on biking, you can check out my other website, here.