Staring out the stern windows of the Spirit of Tasmania ferry on my Bass Strait crossing I wonder where my previous 5 weeks have gone. What a hectic time it has been. Returning home after almost 2 years away has presented a number of challenges.
Selling a house, changing banks, collecting papers for the ATO and doing taxes, let alone trying to meet up with friends and attend running events in the Victorian high country. I also managed to squeeze in a ride from Melbourne to Sydney over 12 days and 1,300km raising much needed money for Parkinson's research..
The feeling returning home was most definitely a mixed one. For me I was not quite ready to return but had to for those various reasons. That familiar feeling of not fitting in was alive and well.
I have experienced this feeling before upon my return from the middle east after travelling for an extended period, even after travelling around Australia for 2 years brought on the same feeling.
Suffering with Post Adventure Depression is always a struggle and I know it well. It does help to look to the future and plan future adventures but this time I really want to try soak in what I have just achieved.
You always get the "What's Next" question and I don't blame people for that, I guess it's part and parcel of the things I do. People get bored and most people cannot comprehend what it is that you have done so it's a good way to keep conversation moving. :) It`s a good thing I do these things to satisfy myself.
I am looking forward to getting to Tasmania where I can spend some time with my family and time in the true wilds of Australia reflecting on my 23,300km cycle trip.
On a side note, if you want an amazing wilderness experience, get down to Tasmania. I traveled all the way to Patagonia for what I thought would be wild and remote, and it was anything but. I should have saved the money and gone to Tassie hahaha
Call me if you want a tour guide ;)
I digress, I have tried to write this a number of times but always get side tracked. I am also unsure why I feel the need to write this but I figure it gives people an insight into what goes on inside my head after an all consuming Adventure.
Looking to the Future,
I am flying back to the US and making a road trip to Alaska; running, riding bikes and pack-rafting my way there. Blogging and taking pictures along the way to get people involved and hopefully inspire a few people to get outdoors and live life to the fullest.
I feel my goal in all of this has shifted. I just want to send the message to people that ANYONE can do it. "You can too" seems to fit in as a nice motto.
Along the way I will continue to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's research. I believe we CAN find a cure in our lifetime. This is a cause that is close to my heart and one that I believe in 100%.
In Alaska I have a long bike-pack, pack-raft expedition planned. This is probably going to be the most difficult expedition I will have ever undertaken due to the remote nature of Alaska. The trip will involve riding "trails," running a few summits, and rafting some inlets and possibly glaciers.
I am really excited about Alaska. It's so remote and untouched. I am thrilled to be able to go there and share my experiences with everyone else.
Whilst in Tasmania I have at least one short expedition planned. I am really excited to do something in my homeland once again and prove that you don't have to travel halfway around the world to have an amazing wilderness experience ....
Anyway I could ramble on all day but Just remember
YOU CAN TOO.....
Keep living the dream
P.S If you ever have any questions or want to say hi you can send me an email @ shanehut10@gmail or on FB messenger ;)
I am an ultra runner, Mountain biker, Climber, Ironman, Endurance Athlete