Having interviewed multiple adventure riders before they set off on their dream ride, be it around the world, across the Americas or Asia/Africa, I noticed a pattern. Before hitting the road, all of them think the journey would be the toughest thing they'd ever do. Here are some direct quotes:
"I think this trip will make me really tough"
"This will be the most challenging thing I've ever done"
"This will test me to my limits"
"This will be an extreme ride"
Fast forward six months or a year into their ride, and the attitude changes completely:
"Instead of making me tougher, it actually made me softer in a way and that's a good thing - I learned a lot about empathy along the way"
"You get flats, rain, a failed GPS, a smelly hotel room sometimes. That's about it when it comes to hardship on the road"
"It's so much easier than people make it out to be"
"This is so much fun!"
Why do so many people assume that riding round the world is all "blood and guts" - an extremely hard, tough, challenging and hardcore undertaking?