1080 days of k’s

I am mid-way down a mountain of ‘to-dos’,  looking up I see the road ahead.  Lots of mixed emotions and bi-polar moments:  90% excited 10% scared then 90% scared 10% terrified.  All the while feeling very happy, content and on track.  It’s a feeling I don’t fully understand but am trusting nonetheless.  Here’s some reality check trivia.

  • I will cycle over 74053 kilometres, through 54 countries, averaging 69k@day for 1080 days.
  • I have 1080 days of new experience to capture and share with you.
  • I am one of 6.97 billion people on this planet and will be 1080 days less ignorant about it.
  • Making each day count 1080 times will build motor memory.
  • I am very loved and fortunate.
  • I have 8 days of work left.
  • I have little idea about bike mechanics!!

On that note, I plan to crash course my way through the Barnett’s Manual when it arrives.  It comes with a CD-ROM version for the Ipod.  Perfect for those ‘stuck-on the side-of -the-road-with-no-idea’ moments.

Today is sorting gear for packing!!!!!!

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About shecyclesolo

If you could dream up the most wildest adventure imaginable what would it be? Between jobs and craving new experience, I decided to indulge the challenge. This is what I conjoured with a promise to come home safe and smiling. I hope you enjoy the 1080 days of stories as much as I will sharing them. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.' H D Thoreau

16 responses to “1080 days of k’s”

  1. Vicki says :

    Hi Maree

    well, i am both scared and in awe of what you are doing. what a truly brave person you are! i would be absolutely terrified to take on the challenge that you have set yourself 🙂 but how inspiring…… i am looking forward to following your blog and will be thinking of you and all the adventures you are having. The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. Best of luck Maree, enjoy your adventures and I can’t wait to read about them. What a magical experience 🙂 take care and know that we are all thinking of you. Vicki xoxox

  2. john harman says :

    Hi ,John here from Hoffy Cycles in Sandgate, good luck with barnetts 😉
    If you ever get stuck with it ,let me know and I will try to help if i can

    • shecyclesolo says :

      Recently I had the humbling experience of getting my mechanical learning curve fixed at a bike shop. So on that note I ordered Barnett’s and exchanged my trip bike for an older one. I think it’s called damage control 🙂 Mmmmmmmm seems quite obvious now. I might yet accept that offer if I’m causing mechanical chaos out Sandgate way. Thanks John.

  3. janet says :

    Your blog looks good. And your looking great, bike and all….is the photo before or after dismantling it? Let us know what your first stretch is exactly from Chiang Mai to Cambodia. Incredible to think those two wheels will move you forward for the next 1080 days around the world but it’s your will that makes it happen. Keep strong. Thinking of you with all your last preparations and have fun in New Zealand trying out the tech equipment. Take care and have fun. Love the Tandls

    • shecyclesolo says :

      Hey Shakespere Sister, the photo was definitely pre dismantle. The bike is set up now in the lounge with the trailer and gear half packed. I think I’m getting used to the idea of the size and feel of it. We’re bonding as opposed to me breaking and that’s a good thing considering the km to come. A good mix of will, good health and fortune, safe travel and the right side of crazy will help that’s for sure. It may be a solo effort but I don’t feel alone with the support already there from family and friends so thank you. Yes you’re right I need to get the route up for the first leg from Chiang Mai (Thailand) to (Hanoi) Vietnam travelling Laos and Cambodia along the way. Hopefully the local communities are in recovery from the floods. I may have to adjust my route but will wait until closer to the 1/12/2011. We leave NZ 4/11/2011 for some walking in Arthur’s Pass which will be beautiful weather permitting. It will also give me a chance to try out the safety and tracking gear which will also be awesome. Thank you again love. Widx

  4. Linda Hooper says :

    What an awesome adventure . I know that you can look after yourself .but is the world ready for you. Hahahaaaa, me and Jackie will be keeping a close watch .enjoy love Linda …….c/o the laurels

  5. Linda Hooper says :

    Hey friends and family would anyone like to follow Marie cycle around the world in1080 days

  6. Linda Hooper says :

    On second thoughts may u should go undercover ….look normal ….if ur in sand gate ,please drop in and say bye

  7. barbara says :

    Hi Maree
    Wishing you all the very best. will be thinking of you on your amazing journey around the world and remember that you are an absolute inspiration and another wonderful example that women can do anything. 1180 days wow I can’t wait to read your adventures and know my spirit is with you sister when you need it…

  8. Ruth Moody says :

    Loving the blog cousin!! Can’t wait to see “helmet cam” in action…

    R xo

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