After 3 years of planning, the date finally arrived: May 23rd 2017. We partied, we said our goodbyes, we laughed and Paul cried – and we parted in the airport.
2 years of adventure and struggles await the Bike Ronin. From Alaska to Argentina – from New Zealand to Kashmir – from Turkey to Norway. It’s an outlandish plan for an outlandish man, no doubt about it. Of course, circumnavigating the globe is no foreign concept nowadays – even on a bicycle. But this means little to the person who is about to set out. Sure it’s been done before, “but not by me”. The fear becomes real. The fear of failing – the fear of longing – the fear of injuries. The fear of bears in Alaska. The fear of hazardous traffic. Or drinking contaminated water. Or falling behind schedule. The fear grows all the more real the closer the departure creeps. But so does the excitement, the anticipation and the wonder…
Sure it’s been done before, but not by me
For the past 7 or so years Paul has been entrenched in his brainchild that is Alchemy Social. First there was the English school. Then came the bar, and the guesthouse. And then finally the rooftop bar. For all these years daily life has been a tight balance of managing the business while constantly being surrounded by people. Family, friends, students, customers. Always people to talk to, with issues to resolve and stories to share. Even the most self-sufficient amongst us can imagine the social dependency such an environment inevitably instills in a person. We can also imagine the void that arises from leaving it all behind. To go from the comfort of daily social interactions to being alone with your thoughts for long stretches of time is sure to be a test of character and willpower.
But, as anyone who knows Paul can testify, he is not one to back down from a challenge. In a sense, the Bike Ronin project can be considered to be an outlet for Paul’s curiosity of the World and his determination to reach that elusive and ever-evolving personal potential.
So, after 3 years of planning, the Bike Ronin project has officially kicked off.
Although Paul is setting off by himself, the trip is by no means meant to just be a solo journey. We aim to develop a community around the project and everyone is invited to engage with us in any capacity. Maybe Paul will be pedaling through your area soon, so why not reach out and take part in the adventure – be it hosting Paul for a night, riding along with him, meeting up for a cup of coffee, or simply offer suggestions on where to go and what to see.
If you’d like to get involved, feel free to shoot Paul a note at firstname.lastname@example.org, share on social media, or just leave a comment below.
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See you on the road!