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What is more Broken after cycling 16,000+km solo from London – Hong Kong: the mind or the body?
Late in 2011 Mark Wright (Executive MBA student at EHL 2015-2016) decided, on a whim, to embark on a journey in aid of Breast Cancer Care and the sheer thrill of an unplanned adventure. On 14th April 2012 he left on his fully laden bike with no maps, no visas, and no real idea of a route to ride the 16,000+km to Hong Kong. En route he crossed the Alps, skirted the Adriatic coast, hopped into Asia via Istanbul, cycled through Iran and along the Caspian Sea, through the deserts of Turkmenistan, followed by the Himalayas and the world’s largest desert - The Taklamakan Desert, ending with a quick 6,000km dash through China and finishing on top of Victoria Peak, Hong Kong. All in 180 days. This journey is characteristic of Mark’s get-up-and-go attitude: decide now and plan later (or never). The next adventure is only a snap decision away. He also managed to raise £22,975 for Breast Cancer Care, a charity close to his heart.
The talk however is not about the trip itself but about advice on how to find your own inspiration, how sometimes people focus so much in the planning, they forget they need to actually do things, how adventure is not about extraordinary things but can be done at a smaller scale. He also makes nice parallels between someone’s personal and professional life. The presentation is brought to life with picture and videos.
“Years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” - Mark Twain
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