I went to see a mate in hospital yesterday, who had the misfortune of hitting a Kangaroo on his way to work. It’s made a mess of his arm, his elbow was in 7 or 8 pieces! He’s ok in himself, and receiving excellent medical care – but it has brought home the magnitude of what I’m planning somewhat. Ok, so they don’t have Kangaroos in Mongolia/Patagonia or wherever, but a goat/sheep/Ox/Elephant etc. can easily do the same damage. Add to that the fact that they don’t have the same emergency responders or medical facilities either, and you start to see how things can go wrong in a big way!
Not wishing to be the prophet of doom, I’m sure we’ll be fine. (And if not at least careful!). No riding at night will help of course, as that’s when the nasties come out! When we’ve decided on the final route the exact hazards will be more identifiable, but really it’s just like riding a bike! Right?
Gav, get well soon mate – as someone who’s already ridden across continents you have my respect. Right, now I’m off to look at jackets to replace my aging (but excellent) Hein Gereck.