Okay, you know what a rhetorical question is, right? Oh, actually, that’s one there: it’s me asking you a question when I already know the answer.
Now, don’t worry if you’ve already got this stuff wired: I’m not being condescending. I’m being pedantic.
Anyways, I mention the whole “rhetorical question” factoid for two reasons.
First, I’m an English teacher, so I dig that kind of stuff. Second, I mention it because the title of this post is a rhetorical question.
You see, I already know you can do this off-road expedition thing.
I’ve been out there. A lot.
When I was a private wilderness guide and Outward Bound instructor, I guided adults and teenagers tackling challenging month-long canoe trips, dog-sledding treks in temperatures as low as -47o C, rock climbing, white water kayaking, hiking, camping, sea kayaking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing….
A real diversity of trips, with an even greater diversity of participants.
But virtually all the people I’ve guided in the wilderness – and there have been hundreds – had two things in common:
1. They didn’t think they could overcome the challenges they encountered.
2. They overcame the challenges they encountered.
It’s one of the reasons I loved my job: I got to see people overcome their fears and limitations. Every day.
I witnessed the transformation when my clients and students realized their limitations were mostly self-imposed. Given the motivation to challenge those limitations, they were able to accomplish more than they ever dreamed.
I take my hat off to all of them.
And I take my hat off to you.
Because, if you’re reading this, you have the motivation to get on your bike and leave the pavement far behind.
You just need someone with experience to get you started
That’s where I come in. My profession and my passion have given me decades of experience in outdoor travel and survival. Plus, massive miles accumulated off-road on motorcycles. And – you’ll recall that I’m a proudly self-confessed pedant — I have a life-long habit of making lists.
So, seriously, who better to lay out all the details of this adventure thing?
Whoa! Is that another rhetorical question? I didn’t even do that on purpose.