watching TV one morning a few years back and Tamara Taggart was
interviewing some crazy Swede who rode from Sweden to Everest on his
bike and then climbed it with no oxygen. Apparently he carried all
of the equipment he needed for the journey on his bike and trailer.
To top it off he rode home. Now Tamara is not very tall to begin
with (boy she's cute though!), but this man was a giant. However he
was a friendly giant, full of humor and antidotes. I was so
impressed I tried to see him at the Ridge Theatre where he was doing
a presentation of his Everest footage among other things. Well not
knowing anything about him at the time, I figured I would get there
about half an hour before the show and walk right in. Well I got
there and the lineup was around the block. That night I went out and
bought his book 'Ultimate High - My Everest Odyssey' and proceeded
to read it cover to cover over the next day. This man, Goran Kropp
knew nothing of limitations which I believe is something all great
people posses. I buried those feelings but knew I had to act on
them. Onward to China...
Kropp spinning them pedals!!!
usually the first question I get asked. It is not the easiest to
answer either, I usually give the same old response in the general
terms of, "Because it's there". Truly though, I have a lot
of animosity towards the people who started the Cultural Revolution
and who were responsible for the massacre of Tibet. However, I am
only now starting to grasp the length of China's history and how
this is just a minor blip on the radar no matter how unrighteous.
The true answer of 'Why China' lies in the mystery of the western
understanding of the east, not China specifically by a long shot!
Everest is the easy draw so to speak, I read so many books about the
mountain I actually want to climb it. This is where I think I missed
the point and this is why I need to see China and the Eastern
cultures for myself. Reading about it is great, but I learn the hard
way and need to get my nose bloody to feel I have learned anything.
This is what makes life interesting, and to my friends, me
interesting. I hope this page is humorous and educating at the same
time. I also hope it can be used by other people friends or not who
are interested in China and travel by bike in general.
This is my
first real trip...
And I know
I will get fucked around somewhat and will definitely miss home
lots, but I have no problems with that. In fact I look forward to it
because shit! it makes good reading!!! So enjoy the web page and
thank you to all my friends and family for your support. To the
people who are unsupportive or smart-aleck about my intentions, fuck
thanks goes out to Matt (when are we getting the band back
Edwards for creating and updating this page.
truly appreciated by me, Mr. Gillooley!!!