I think the hardest part about throwing yourself into an adventure like this is remembering to stay true to the original motivation for undertaking it in the first place. When you are on the bike every day, and when you have specific targets to meet to stock up on food and water, it is easy to focus only on pedalling kilometres and not the broader concept of travel. I am doing this for the adventure that travel brings. I need to relax a bit more and remember that. On the other hand, it is probably not possible to always be in that frame of mind. In the last few days I have been distracted by the exhausting challenge of off-road riding with a loaded bike and as a result I have not been fully appreciating each day. I guess what it comes down to is tiredness. I have done four days of the Munda Biddi Trail and I’m incredibly weary. I need a rest. But the idea of a break feels a bit like failure: do I really need a day off after just four consecutive days, or should I push myself a little harder? I feel pressure of having to always be on the move and such a feeling restricts my enthusiasm about stopping and resting. But this pressure…where is it coming from? I realise it is only coming from myself. In a lot of what I do I push myself until I reach a point where I become exhausted and in desperate need of a break. I reach my limit I guess. While finding your limits is a healthy exercise, I should recognise that I have plenty of time ahead of me to extend my boundaries. This journey is going reach and breach my limits many times over. I don’t have to be a martyr to the cause today. Today I will have a break. When I do choose to push myself hard and go through a tough time as a result, I will keep in mind that it will be because of the challenging times, not despite them, that this trip is my ultimate adventure of a lifetime.
|Accommodation||$ Camping (Coalmine Caravan Park)|
|Distance ridden today||0km|
|Total distance ridden||1,434km|