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Today, on the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, I saw the replica of Endeavour – the ship Captain Cook sailed out of Whitby in search of a possible southern continent, the Terra Australis. I believe those two voyages of discovery matched each other for audacity and adventure. Also today I met a 60-year-old who is filling his retirement with multi-day seakayaking trips and has just returned from helping run a 2-week expedition for young people in Iceland. Earlier I had met a couple whose steady, conventional route towards retirement was interrupted by forced redundancy after two decades working as school teachers. Forced into boldness and change they now run a farm (Beyond Boundaries) whose purpose is to help people with physical and mental disabilities be active, get outdoors, and keep challenging themselves. At the farm I met a young woman who grinned happily at the memory of when, with lots of help and cajoling, she eventually managed to cross the small stream in the small wood behind the farm. The event had clearly gone down in legend amongst that group of friends. I’m only 3 days in to this ride and already I am loving all the different interpretations of living adventurously that I have across. As for me, I’m sleeping on a beach tonight, weary from a day riding up moors and down the crazy, steep streets of quaint fishing villages. I carried my bike up flights of stairs on the Cleveland Way, poured with sweat, and was very grateful to cool down with a sunset dip in the North Sea. Now it is time to pile a little more driftwood onto the fire and snuggle into my sleeping bag. #yorkshire #blog #thenorthface #neverstopexploring

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