Lately, Josh Quigley, Elixinol’s CBD Ambassador, has certainly seen his fair share of challenges. After experiencing a journey-altering detour, Josh unexpectedly found himself home, awaiting the delivery of a replacement passport. While Josh was sure to take advantage of the comforts of home, he was also just as sure to push himself so that he might rejoin his cycle in Adelaide once more in top form. But success never comes without struggle and even in this momentous pause, Josh discovered there’s no rest for the weary. Having been off the bike for weeks while chasing down his administrative options in Australia, Josh was determined to use his time wisely and he put himself through a sort of back-home-boot-camp pursuing peak miles daily. It was hard going having to reacclimate himself and the road conditions were less than favourable, yet it all seemed to be going his way until he managed to crash his bike… Although he went careening off road and his bike suffered damage, Josh vlogged about his experience shortly afterward with a smile. Even in the face of adversity he found humour and he joked about how, somehow, as he and the bike were hurling towards the curb, and then a fence, he was miraculously able to land on his feet. In that moment it was an accurate description of the outcome, but on a larger scale, a flawless metaphor for his continued resilience.
Upon his Australian return, Josh sought again to conquer the route from Adelaide to Melbourne. It was a stretch of road that haunted him as the last time he was down under he found himself emotionally incapacitated and couldn’t cycle it. And while the emotional challenges Josh faced before made him feel so uncapable he traded two tyres for four and, rather, got the bus, this time he was sure to meet this previously abandoned segment head on. And as Josh put it, he ‘tackled that demon in three days.’ Not only did he valiantly retrace his steps for the pure pleasure of being able to say that he honestly cycled the entire length of the continent, but he overcame this lingering past defeat in impressive fashion. Our Champion of the Bike saw the highest mileage from back-to-back days of cycling he had accomplished since the very start of his journey, averaging over 200 miles each day. And this came from consistently falling short of achieving even 100 mile days when he was recently home in Scotland… His elation couldn’t be topped, especially upon learning that he now held the leader’s position on the Strava Scoreboard, a challenge he regrettably fell short of before.
It seemed life had a funny way of bringing everything full circle. Not only did Josh land back on his feet in Adelaide, but as soon as his toes touched the soil, he hit the ground running. He was floating on a high, full of well-earned pride and feeling his determination had surely seen him through the worst of things.
Then, as fate would have it, he punctured his tyre twice in one day along rugged roads on December 2nd. Luckily, Josh, wise enough to carry spare inner tubes, was able to make necessary repairs but when a valve snapped off and became lodged inside one of the inner tubes, he became unable to inflate the tyre. And so arose yet another setback in the Australian outback to overcome. Having used his spare inner tubes and with no bike shop near, Josh was forced to apply a precious day from his rigid schedule to bus back nearly 80 kilometres to a town able to supply replacement tyres for Robert the Bruce, his bike. Physically shattered, annoyed by the inconvenience, and feeling understatedly frustrated by the unwelcome detour
only days from his goal in Brisbane, Josh nevertheless maintained the heart of his personal philosophy and kept moving forward.
Perhaps it was the new tyres, or perhaps it was shear fortitude, but with 235 miles to get to Sydney, Josh rebounded from his setback and achieved a new personal record by cycling the distance in a day. And there he closed the chapter of a ‘special experience’ in Australia.
From damaged passports, to facing uncertainty about the completion of the entire cycle, to cancelled flights, to an unexpected trip home, to crashing his bike, to blood stained jerseys, to unforeseen punctures, to rising above it all, Josh Quigley has proven his steadfast dedication to this journey.
Emotionally, Australia proved to be the toughest leg of the cycle yet. But conquering it also came with the greatest rewards. As Josh said “I’ll never be able to put into words just how special this experience in Australia has been over these last few months. I haven’t even done it justice. I’m not even going to try. All I’ll say is that the beauty of a journey like this and the beauty of setting goals like this and achieving them…. Its not really about what you do. Its about who you become. And I’m very proud of the guy I’ve became in Australia and I’m excited for the future.”