Geared up and ready to confront the unknown, CBD Ambassador Josh Quigley began piecing together a new road map through uncharted territory. He would be cycling 4000 miles from Vancouver to Halifax, Canada to conclude the North American leg of his journey. This leg offered a particularly meaningful undertaking as it finally offered a close to his arduous, round-the-world cycle. But earning that completion wouldn’t come easy.
Josh was due to arrive in Vancouver on the cusp of winter. At first, when he considered the cycle he appreciated that his Scottish upbringing might prepare him for the inclement weather he would certainly endure- a huge change from the milder, more temperate climate in Southern California he originally expected to face. But as he conducted more research on what the harsh Canadian winters might have to offer, he realized that not only would the weather be incredibly formidable, but it would, actually, in truth, be dangerous to confront. From that moment on, the course of his journey had to change. But how else could he possibly cross North America if the U.S. and now Canada were no longer viable options?
This unanswerable riddle tortured him and left him feeling out of luck. The 7th edition of his round-the-world attempt, he decided, could only be cut short and Josh opted to cut his losses and return home to Edinburgh to focus, rather, on training for the Tour de France. It was a goal he aimed to commence with the start of 2020, but facing the current myriad of setbacks, Josh reluctantly agreed 2020 would just have to come early. And so he resigned to his fate and announced through social media his global adventure was over. And that was that. Until a fateful call from the BBC changed everything.
Stories had been run on Josh before through multiple media outlets so he was no stranger to publicity. He was aware that certain journalist and media contacts followed him and his story so it was no surprise when they got in touch. But, indeed, a surprise was awaiting him and it was one that altered the course of history, reversing a tale of failure and setting the stage for success.
The story had already been written, the journalist simply calling to confirm they had Josh’s blessing to publish it. Entitled Edinburgh Cyclist Abandons 6th Around the World Attempt, it was a current reflection of Josh’s state of mind and a proclamation of surrender to circumstance. It was accurate. And it was a reality that Josh suddenly couldn’t face. In that very instant, upon hearing the words that would define him to the world, Josh changed his mind. He went from accepting defeat to fighting spirit within the minutes of that instrumental phone call and Josh hasn’t looked back. And now the article reads Edinburgh cyclist does U-turn after refusing to give up on round-the-world trip. Admittedly, there’s nothing like letting the world’s most visited news website put things into perspective for you.
So now what’s the plan?
Josh has currently left Australia and is home in Edinburgh now for a week where he is applying for and obtaining a brand new passport. This passport, unlike the emergency one, gives Josh full freedom of travel. Elixinol’s Champion of the Bike plans to rejoin the Australian leg of his journey and complete his round-the-world bid from there, admirably not skipping any steps. It takes a courageous heart and infallible spirit to combat the challenges Josh has faced along the way but he is determined to complete this journey, continuing defiantly amid obstacles. He has come farther than ever before and is hungry for victory. And what better way to reign in 2020, the start of a new year, the start of a new challenge, then with success.