At the Horizons Unlimited meeting last week, I had the feeling I was blagging it a little. Sure, I’ve ridden half way around the world, but there are others have gone much further than me. Yet, some of the folks there were seemingly in awe of what I’d done.
The last speaker on Saturday was Dylan Samarawickrama. He’d ridden around the world and I managed to catch his presentation. Wow!
Riding around the world isn’t that hard, as I’ve always maintained. But Dylan has taken the adventure to a whole new level. Crossing the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia is impossible by land. There are no roads, only impenetrable jungle. The two neighbouring countries don’t get on, and with FARC rebels and drug Lords controlling parts of the area the situation is unlikely to change!
Most people doing the Pan American highway fly their bikes over the gap. The more adventurous ones find a fishing trawler willing to take their bike. Not Dylan. He built a raft out of oil barrels, took the rear wheel off the bike and used the prop shaft to drive a propeller. Then set sail from Panama across the Pacific.
That sounded brave enough. Then I find out its 450 nautical miles across the Pacific! I’m not a water person and this just seems so incredible to me. I won’t steal his thunder by recounting the events that unfolded, you’ll just have to read the book. (I have!).
Suffice to say that as adventures go, this makes mine seem like a walk in the park! I felt like Wayne and Garth “We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy!”