My name is Paul Griffiths and I’m currently cycling my way down the Americas. Fresh faced I left Prudhoe Bay at the top of Alaska in August 2013 and put in the first tentative pedal strokes towards Ushuaia at the tip of South America, some 30,000 or so km away…
I wrote the following just before I left and whilst obviously outdated I think it still sums up the ‘why’ quite well:
“It’s been a dream for almost three years and I still can’t quite believe it’s actually going to happen. Writing this I’m currently in the process of curtailing my comfortable 21st century life in Bath, England, leaving a good job and an amazing group of friends & family, and wrestling with the nagging question of ‘What the hell am I doing…?!’ These cheeky doubts rarely take long to silence though; I want to make the most the most of my time on earth and generally have an adventure of a lifetime (while I still have the chance!).”
Now, after an incredible year on the road, I’m in South America where the focus of the trip has gravitated towards travelling light and exploring remote dirt routes along the length of the Andes.
This blog serves as a record of my thoughts, ramblings and photography during the trip. As eluded to above, leaving to start this trip was possibly the hardest part of the whole thing and I’d like to think this blog may inspire others, if only a tiny bit, to get off the couch and follow their own dreams, much as so many have done for me.
How much better to know that we have dared to live our dreams than to live our lives in a lethargy of regret.
– Gilbert E. Kaplan