It’s awfully hard to put experiencing the Challenge into words, although a large number of folks have done a fantastic job doing just that on the blog site.
I’m humbled to have been able to participate in something as transcendant as the Challenge. Spending a day riding through the constant rain & headwinds of tropical storm Debbie, as well as climbing unexpected & unforgiving hills (Himalayan mountains for Steph) would normally be a pretty nasty ordeal. Instead, yesterday was a breeze. When riding with Steph, there is an empowering awareness that whatever nature might throw at us today, is nothing compared to what life has thrown at Steph.
It’s also amazing how the Challenge instantly bonds those involved — I’ll always feel a kinship with Mead, Greg & Don, along with Lincoln, Maria, Alex and a little less directly with everyone that has participated along the way.
What happened to Mark and how he has responded has a surreal and enlivening feel to it. Perhaps it is because we encounter so few truly transcendent experiences in our lives.
Steph—I’m grateful to be your friend and indebted for the opportunity to have shared part of your journey by participating in the Challenge.
You ‘da man,