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Say Yes More

Originally posted on a now defunct version of this site in April 2014

While I was researching something inconsequential at work, this tweet popped up on a site I was looking at:

Everything about it piqued my interest. Adventures are awesome, the South of France is beautiful, Elliptigos look really fun and #sayyesmore is a great hash tag. I dropped Dave a tweet asking where I could sign up, and expected to hear no more about it.

Then a message arrived in my twitter inbox.

“Hey Chris, drop me a line and I’ll send you details”

So I dropped him a line, and he sent details:

The Elliptigo was in storage in Nice after one of Dave’s previous expeditions, and he needed to get it back in London. As an adventurer himself he decided to open it up to other people who may be interested, providing a mutually beneficial solution to everyone involved.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find the time off work to do the whole ride, but suggested riding from Nice to Paris (~600mi). In Paris I’d meet another prospective adventurer who could ride it back the rest of the way, and I could jump on a Eurostar home.

For a while this seemed like a fitting arrangement, although as Dave was about to set off on his current expedition in Chile it ultimately proved too logistically difficult to connect the dots. Someone who was able to do the whole trip got it in the end.

I’m inspired though. It’s cool seeing that someone can Skateboard across Australia, Paddleboard the length of the Mississippi River, Elliptigo around Europe and make a living out of it. I love the idea of being in a position to outsource adventures, too.

Below is the beginnings of me planning the route I’d ride. The plan was to do around 75 miles a day (tough, especially with the rowdy elevation!) and Couchsurf / camp where suitable.

I’m quite tempted to do the ride anyway at some point. It passes through loads of lovely places – Aix en Province is beautiful, I’ve heard good things about Avignon, and the South of France as a whole. I’m not put off by the elevation either, even though the total climb for the ride is only just under an Everest’s worth (8158m).

Our position in history

Right now you are at the absolute forefront of history, and that’s pretty cool.

It’s cool because you have the entirety of recorded human experience until this moment to refer to when deciding how to approach and behave in the ever-unfolding future, which is incredibly empowering.

Think about what people have achieved in the past when the combined pool of human knowledge and experience was smaller.

Then think that the further back you look, the smaller this pool was and the harder it was to access.

Looking back into history lets you see circumstances which led to paradigm shifts. Or to learn directly from thinkers who died hundreds of years ago. Or to study the common traits and trajectories of people and peoples who achieved greatness, in whatever form.

This is slightly hyperbolic, but allow me it: 

You have access to this knowledge and to the possibility to incorporate it into your moral code and actions. You have the power to ensure its preservation for future generations and, most excitingly, you have the power to ensure it continues to expand.

Don’t waste that opportunity.

Especially don’t deny to yourself that the opportunity even exists.

Salvaged from some old notes from around December 2013, then tweaked slightly.