This weekend, the focus was on getting the equipment together and testing everything on a long tour.
The tour went very well. I have 2.700km in my legs now since the beginning of the year. However, it was my first one above 100km this year. After the return my mechanic Peter did a detailed check and it turned out that there is a somewhat dangerous crack in the rear rim. It will be a challenge to find a replacement so shortly before the start of the tour. Not so great…but I am sure we will find a way out.
About 30 years ago, two zis scholarships helped me to broaden my horizon, expand my understanding of what is possible, and develop more self-confidence. zis is a non-profit organization that has been awarding scholarships for study trips to young people between the ages of 16 and 20 for more than 60 years. Today, the word we use for tenacity and grit is resilience - and I've made it my profession, to help managers around the world to develop more of this inner power.
In retrospect, the experiences I've had on these trips to Scotland and Iceland have been priceless for my development. After having had a childhood with some challenges, I learned that I could cycle 1,700km on my own and get wet every day without despairing. I have learned that I was able to get along with only 300 € for 4 weeks and still had a good time. I have learned what it's like to be threatened with deportation and how to get an interview with the President from such a crisis. I have understood that limitations are primarily constructs in our heads, and I want to make these insights available to as many adolescents as possible.
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