My friend Mark Beaumont announced yesterday on Twitter that his journey down the Americas will now bypass Colombia. He’s going to take a boat from Panama to Ecuador. (I took a yacht from Colombia to Panama, skipping the Darien Gap which was too scary for me). This is a pity for him as Colombia is an amazing, if slightly crazy place to ride through.
I am assuming this decision has come from the Health & Safety powers at the BBC (who are filming his latest trip). Yawn, yawn, yawn.
This has raised an interesting question in my mind and I thought I would get your opinion on it too.
Mark’s a good guy and I have watched his progress with interest ever since he came to chat with me after one of my talks when he was planning his record-breaking dash round the world. I would be really happy to go on an expedition with him one day.
However, I must be honest and confess that I have also watched his stellar rise to TV star, best-selling author and Orange mobile phone poster boy with less-than-noble feelings of envy. I have been working really hard since 2001 to get in a position where I can make my living from my expeditions. Mark nailed it in 6 months (or 194 days, to be precise)!
So when I saw that Mark will not be riding through Colombia I asked myself what would I rather have:
a. – the freedom to cycle through wonderful Colombia
b. – a BBC TV series and a best-selling book
My answer: I wish that I would choose option ‘a’. But, as I grow older, more and more of me wants to pick ‘b’…
So I thought I would ask you your opinion. Unlike me though you are not allowed to sit on the fence!