Here’s are some words we received from a primary sponsor – Craig Hansen at PLK Buggies in New Zealand. We thought they were so good we printed them out for bedtime reading in our hammocks! Perhaps a useful reminder of why people decide to leave the comfort of home in the first place and why we’re doing this trip…
“A short note to wish you well and see you off, as it were.
One final piece of advice. Remember the old adage: “The best laid plans of mice and men…”.
So it is not if things go wrong, but when things go wrong. It is at these times that our true mettle shows, and what we make of the mess that follows sets us apart from the crowd and often determines success or failure.
The most important thing I can say is…
Don’t panic. Do anything but don’t panic. This is global advice: in every situation keep your head.
If you have nothing to read on the plane, pick up a copy of Shackleton’s book South, this is the stuff we are made of, this is what men do well, what we are equipped to do, what most men alive today never discover, this is what populated every corner of this planet, what began the civilization that followed.
Go find it for yourselves.
“We had pierced the veneer of outside things. We had “suffered, starved and triumphed, grovelled down yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole.” We had seen God in His splendours, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.” Sir Ernest Shackelton
This is the stuff that inspires us and drives us on to adventure to go to places not travelled and do things not done before.”
Inspiring words, don’t you think?