Gladiators, or not?
Read Jody Forrester’s blog entry on the final day of the Freedom Challenge RASA2012 where he concisely explains part of what makes the race unique and such a special event. He finished on the same day as Johann and I, albeit a few hours earlier. We stopped for snacks and photos when they stopped for Red Bulls!
” Put a fork in me……I’m Done!!
Here is a quote from one of the legends from the race, whom I had the privilege of cycling with for a few days. This is a man who knows the route well enough he does most of the race without the maps and narratives:
“As the Race Across South Africa cyclists arrive at Diemersfontein after nearly 2300km of off road challenge I stand in awe of their achievements. Almost want to confer gladiatorial status on them except that I am too on of them and a gladiator I am not. What an amazing race”. (Mike Woolnough)
Every year for the last nine years Blanket wearers have been experiencing the the same process. Re-integrating into the cliched normal society and adapting back to pre Freedom Challenge functioning. Except there is a minor problem: the minds of those who have completed the Freedom Challenge have been stretched and their perspective, both internal and external, will not be able to return to the pre-race state. Something inside has changed.
That something will be managed for a while by reminiscing, perusing photos and looking at the bike that carried one across South Africa. Those are all however, temporary measures to stave off the burning desire inside.