A few bumps and scrapes is a small price to pay for an epic experience.
That’s what I told myself sat in Adelaide airport on my saddlesore ass admiring my swollen toe and cut chins after cycling one of Australia’s great bike trails – the longest in Australia according to Bike South Australia.
From the deep outback of the ancient Flinders Ranges to the world class wine regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, the mammoth Mawson Trail is an outback to city trail of thrills, spills and almost 900 kilometres of pure adventure.
Boy did we earn that Barossa Valley glass chinking. We’d endured some gruelling terrain and testing moments carrying every survival essential on our two wheels, including enough food and water at times for two days, before we could really kick back and enjoy a few of South Australia’s finest.
I’m often asked why put yourself through it? Well, there are many reasons. The challenge; the achievement; the camaraderie; the people we meet along the way and the discovery of something new, to name a few, but if I had to give one reason alone I’d say it’s because I can talk myself into anything after a few glasses of vino.
Even the pain has a part to play in the game of adventure. There’s nothing like pulling yourself out of the depths of fatigue for one last push and finding a new energy. It’s fifty shades of addictive. (sold myself out with that one).
If you’re not convinced or half cut and you would rather let someone else do the hard part, maybe this supported cycling tour we did in Tasmania would be more up your bike path but watch out for invisible wormholes.
Have you ever challenged yourself for a ‘holiday’? Did you get hooked or swear “never again?”
Watch “The Trials of the Mawson Trail” – two weeks in three minutes.