Kevin Shannon is on a mission to pedal, paddle and sail his way around the globe across 5 continents and 2 oceans over the next 3 years. You can follow along on his website, Because it is There, and live this ambitious adventure vicariously.
Kevin’s zero emissions attempt to circumnavigate the globe came about through a desire to explore the world, face his own challenges and to do what others say he canʼt.
The site is updated regularly. Posts are a mix of tales from the road, tips for other bike travelers and random ramblings, like the one below:
A question I get asked rather frequently is ‘was I an avid cyclist before I left’. I usually answer jokingly “What makes you think I’m an avid cyclist now?” But as my mother is forever telling me “Many a true word spoken in jest!” and she’s right, because I’m not an avid cyclist.
The bicycle is simply a means to do something. A means to travel and a way to explore with a freedom that is hard to find with another mode of transport. I am fully immersed in the worlds I pass through and the sights/smells/sounds, what I experience can not be experienced sitting on a bus/train/plane with your nose pressed against a window.
The fact of the matter is that I would be hard pushed to find an alternative. Sure I could walk but it could take a quite a while to achieve a circumnavigation. I could rollerblade of course but there isn’t a pair of rollerblades that can handle both long distances and unpaved roads so that’s out too. I’ll admit I enjoy cycling and I’m loving life on the bike but I’m not a ‘gear head’ and I’ve only learnt about my bike through necessity. Having said that, I do feel quite attached to my bike.
I’ve anthropomorphised it in some ways. When I stay with friends or hosts I feel bad for locking ‘her’ up in a garage/shed/storeroom. If something on the bike breaks I feel personally responsible and even a little guilty.
Perhaps by the end of the expedition I’ll be an avid cyclist? Or perhaps I’ll hate cycling altogether? I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
Because it is There is still in year one. Now’s the time to start following along and see how the adventure unfolds.