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!!
http://www.jodyforrester.com/blog/2012/07/06/put-a-fork-in-me-im-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.

-p

One thought on “Gladiators, or not?

  1. Peter, you have got it exactly right. Who would want to return to the pre-race state. Somehow it seems so uninformed. The world as we know it just got a whole lot bigger and our own self importance challenged. And yet, in the process of that churn, a deep tranquility and satisfaction rises to the surface.
    Congratulations once again on your achievement.
    Mike

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