After a week in the saddle, we have had enough time to contemplate what we have all signed up for. The good news is that we are all still here, still talking to each other and pretty chuffed with our first week.
SVB and I are a little concerned by the number of people contacting us and expressing how excited they are to welcome us back to New Zealand next year, so we feel compelled to clear up the ‘fake news’ that has been circulating. The real star of The Long Way Home is Becs, who will indeed, endure every km of the mammoth journey and make it the whole way home.
In keeping with the cycling theme, I liken our trip to a track cycling ‘sprint trio’ where I am the lead out rider, pushing the pace and getting the team as far across Europe as possible before peeling off after the ‘first lap’ and handing over to SVB. With my sights set on another attempt at an Olympic Games, I need to get back into a boat and regain some rowing fitness ASAP.
Sarah will continue the journey out front across Central Asia and after 6 months will peel off after the ‘second lap’ at the Chinese border when she has to be back in Switzerland to keep her work permit and rejoin her very handsome and forgiving boyfriend.
That will leave the ‘last lap’ to Becs, who will take it home, crossing the finishing line on the shores of Lake Hawea in front of her adoring fans, parents, friends and, all going well, the other two members of the trio. We each had very different motivations for signing up to the trip, hence the discrepancies in our levels of commitment.
Becs can navigate, pitch a tent, clean her clothes in a sink and grit her teeth through the toughest of times, so the only knowledge that needs to be transferred before SVB leaves her in October is how to do an Instagram story.