I've had a really interesting week or so! Are you you sitting comfortably? Good, because I'm not going to write about it..
I'm on a break from American drama, since the end of the Sopranos and had taken to watching foreign language films and some oldies that had been recommended. Also some stuff that had never risen to the top of my to watch pile. In here I found Long Way Round, Ewan Mcgregor and Charley Boorman's attempt to motorcycle around the world the 'Long Way Around in 115 days'. Taking in such places as Russia, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Innocuous and entertaining enough. Ewan and Charley seem like personable people and the series passed some time quite nicely.
Programmes like this always raise a bit of "Why don't I do something like that..." in me, although their adventure required months of planning, not inconsiderable amount of hardship with things like international borders to traverse and bandits. They also need hefty sponsorship and support crews.
I have no interest in motorcycles, and not much interest in travelling into bear infested wilderness, so probably a little unsuitable and ambitious...
Maybe I should consider something a little more achievable, perhaps involving water. I like water.
The thing is, I've done the scuba try-dive and made a commitment to get some lessons (unfulfilled- it's been eight years).
I've done the white-water rafting introduction at the National Water Sports Centre and made some initial plans for a more advanced longer trip down a real river (unfulfilled- six years).
I've done the step-up from Bodyboarding to Surfing and made a commitment to do the intense two-day training (unfulfilled - two years, although I was somewhat thwarted by the weather earlier this year).
I've window shopped a dog sledding trip through Sweden for charity this year, but have yet to get around to not fulfilling it..
Most of these plans were made with mate Z, who has a real enthusiasm for this kind of stuff. And he has kept ringing me over the years to try and get me to follow up on these adventure. He always rings in the middle of a good film though, or sometimes a bad one, so I'm usually too busy to commit.
It hasn't been completely adventure free, however. In the early nineties I became quite serious about off-road cycling and spent some great weekends in the Forest of Dean throwing myself down and around some seriously steep Wye Valley trails. Unfortunately an incident took me off one these trails and down an incline. I somehow ended up quite high in a tree sprouting from some lower ground. Saturday night in casualty and the following week off work, unable to move much, dampened my enthusiasm somewhat, and I returned to the life of a slacker.
Long Way Round has piqued my interest for a little adventure and opportunity has knocked today. A colleague of mine suggested two or three of us trek the quarter of a mile to another building across the campus on which we work, to make use of the canteen facilities and have a slap-up breakfast.
I'm in! *
*Weather permitting, obviously.