We've reached the conclusion of a truly epic ride around Europe on Freedom From Fuel Tour 2016. We pedaled more than 3,500 kilometers to 23 concerts in 6 countries over the course of 90 days. I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who supported us along the way.
Somewhere on a road in Belgium, during the final weeks in Europe, I reached kilometer 20,000 on this ride. Passing the 20,000 km threshold means my bicycle has taken me half the distance of the circumference of the planet earth since 2012. The world seems both more remarkable and smaller than ever, and I'm thrilled to say I'm going to keep going.
Yesterday someone asked me what my definition of adventure was and I replied, "Not having control of what's going on and not knowing how things will work out."
"Why is not knowing important?"
"Because we're all searching for security in it's many forms, but the type of control we often think we find is really a lie. Life is out of our control, and we have to deal with that. So, adventure keeps us awake to the true nature of life." Or something like that.
On the trip this year a thought crossed my mind a few times, and the thought went something like this, "If I had to die today: if I got hit by a car or some terrible thing I would want my friends to know: I'm totally content. I'm following my dreams and I'm doing what I love. I don't want people to mourn me if I die. The world is my home, and the people in it are my friends, so if I die, I die at home, with friends." Or something like that.
So, let's live this adventure of life my friends. Let's live out of freedom and compassion and not be afraid.