Reminder – the first leg is coming!

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Just a brief reminder that the first Irish circumnavigation of the globe begins this Sunday with a massive charity cycle from Blackrock College to the Happy Pear in Greystones in aid of Aware.

So dust of that bike, wrap up warm and join us on the first leg of an expedition around the world. If you cant make the cycle be sure to join us at the Happy Pear for face painting and festivities.

For more info on the First Leg Cycle see the details sheet here and download a Sponsorship Form below.

Don’t forget, raise €100 and receive a free Revolution t-shirt!

Get your own online Revolution sponsorship form here or download a pdf sponsorship form here

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Inspiration

Simon

Letters from St. Patricks School, Greystones

I got a lovely surprise today. Among the mail with invoices, bank statements and the like was a bunch of beautifully illustrated and scripted (their handwriting was better than mine) letters from the students at St Patrick N.S. in Greystones. Fearghal and I did a couple of talks there last Thursday in the hope of inspiring a new generation of adventurers. It seems to have worked!

Revolution Education Pack Launched

Education

We’re proud to announce the launch of the Revolution Education Pack.

An expedition is a journey with a purpose, and the purpose of Revolution Cycle is to promote the positive contribution that cycling can make to the environment and mental health- highlighting climate change and raising funds for Aware.

The educational pack is an integral part of this, engaging 10-12 year olds with the ideas of environmental responsibility and active lifestyle. Through the six lesson plans students can follow the progress of the expedition in a constructive manner, learning a little bit about the world along the way.  

We’d also like to say a big thanks to the lovely Marina Krommenacker who produced it. Cheers : )

Why-2

Fearghal

I’m still plagued by that niggling question that people regularly ask us- why cycle around the world. Once again,some one else managed to shine a bit of light on the motivations and possible reasons for traveling in an unconventional way. The extract below although written about flying a light aircraft also catches several elements cycling long distances in interesting places.    

His description of living stars, and the slices of life that a cyclist gets when traveling intimately though a place. And his assertion that raw experience of the world can teach us more than any abstract theorising at a desk or in front of a computer ever can. Both struck a chord.

Both make pieces of the complex answer to the question “why?”     

The Earth teaches us more about ourselves than all the books in the world, because it is resistant to us. Self-discovery comes when man measures himself against an obstacle. To attain it, he needs an implement. he needs a carpenter’s plane or a plough. Little by little, as he walks behind the plough, th farmer forces out a few of natures secrets, and the truth which he uncovers is universal.

In my mind’s eye I still have the image of my first night flight in Argentina. It was a dark night, with only the occasional scattered lights glittering like stars on a plain.

Each one, in that ocean of shadows, was a sign of the miracle of consciousness. In one home people were reading, or thinking, or sharing confidences. In another, perhaps, they were wearying themselves with mathematics. In another they were making love. these small flames shone far apart in the landscape demanding their fuel. Even the most unassuming of them, the flame of a poet, the teacher or the carpenter.

But among these living stars, how many closed windows, how many extinct stars, how many sleeping men…

We must surely seek unity. We must surely seek to communicate with those fires burning far apart in the landscape.  

Wind, Sand and Stars- Antoine de Saint Exupery (1939) 

Sanoodi and Revolution; Sharing Adventure

Sanoodi | share your adventure

 

Just a quick note to announce our new communications sponsor . We are very proud that Sanoodi will provide us with the technical support, equipment and software to Share our Adventure. Using Sanoodi’s Smaps software we’ll be able record and download our routes and connect with people.

We’re meeting with Paul of Sanoodi on Monday to pick up the gear and get a quick run through of how to get all of the equipment talking together so expect some interesting in-dept reviews and blogs over the next few weeks.