It’s been an unbelievable couple of weeks, firstly the disqualification of the leader of the race, due to taking a taxi in India has installed me as the current leader of the event.
Pedal The Planet - Breifne Earley
There is a long way to go yet before any medals can be claimed.
I’ve arrived in India and am making my way down the coast of the Arabian Sea on the west of the country through such household names like Chiplun, Ratnagiri and Jamsande. Never heard of them, I’m not surprised I hadn’t either before I was a day away and aiming to reach them.
The one place I’m sure you might have heard of is Goa, I have been lucky enough to spend a few rest days between Anjuna Beach at the north of the Indian state and Palelom Beach in southern Goa. It’s a million miles away from anything I’ve ever experienced in my entire life before.
The pace of life is totally pedestrian and between kayaking in the Indian Ocean, sleeping in a tree house on the beach in Anjuna, retracing the steps of Matt Damon in his movie The Bourne Supremacy at Palelom, enjoying the food and drink available along the beachs and just completely recharging the batteries both physically and mentally.
The range of people I’ve spend time with over those days is equally as interesting as the activites we got up to. From French reality TV stars, College professors, exchange students, hippies out to find themselves, holiday makers and some fantastic locals in the accommodation, restaurants and bars along the way. I’ve also been invited to speak about Challenge Ten and Pedal The Planet in both Bangalore and Bangkok when I pass through both cities.
After the break, my mind is slowly returning to the task at hand which sees me back on the bike. By the time you’re reading this I should be somewhere between Mangalore and Bangalore in southern India with my focus on reaching Kolkata (Calcutta) at some point in the next three weeks.
The main focus of this entire project is to help spread the message of Cycle Against Suicide which is “It’s ok not to feel ok” and with Cycle Against Suicide kickstarting their second annual event next Monday in Dublin taking in a complete loop around the entire island of Ireland it’s not too late to get involved. The route takes in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal on Tuesday, May 6, exact details can be found on www.cycleagainstsuicide.com
All of the texts, tweets, comments, likes and emails have been fantastic, it really makes it so much easier to keep those pedals turning with the fantastic support from everyone. Of course you can get all the latest news, videos, images and my exact latest position at www.pedaltheplanet.tv