I’m excited to announce that this ride will no longer be solo.
Though the toils of long and lonely miles can be most revealing for oneself, I am immensely relieved by the prospect of a little company for the journey.
Enter Benjamin O’Rileburg, one of my favourite cool daddies and an all-round swell guy. After he expressed his interest, I urged him to take a small amount of time to think it through. Having agreed and signed his life away on the dotted line, he is now conscripted to await whatever hells the gravel-laden path ahead may hold.
Ben and I have had some great adventures over the years… In 2008 we spent a year living together whilst we both attended Victoria University. That year was a succession of strange nights mincing about Wellington after dark and long days attending to our bursts of enthusiasm for endurance sport. What I learned is that Ben is a man whose company I relish. But importantly he´s also a man who I can tell to bugger off once in a while when I´m feeling moody – and that´s going to be important at the end of a 200km slog through rugged back-country.
Ben has also been maintaining a slightly better pair of shanks than I have, owing to the plenitude of delicious mountain bike trails at his back door, and to my new-found love of empanadas. So, if nothing else, he should at least be good for a tow.
In our friendship, I don´t believe we´ve yet hit the potential in quite the way that this ride promises, so I’m chuffed to have him involved.
Welcome aboard, bro!