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The Essence of the Traveller's Tale - Part 2

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Views [92]

Is there anyone in your back seat?

 

"Being mistaken is the essence of the traveller's tale."

Paul Theroux, Riding the Iron Rooster

 

From the word go, “we” were creating this project. “Our” journey would take us to 200 towns in one year. Without discounting all the indispensable media backing and practical help, the truth is that The EXPEDITION Project has been a one-man undertaking all along.  The strands of the support network have all been intermittent, temporary, or simply external. The only person who has been 100% invested is me.

 

In speaking of this project as a collective endeavour, I tried to make it sound more established, more remarkable. I used a well-known and cheap marketing trick. I promised to be honest with my supporters and followers, but fell short before I even hit the road. I was so anxious to get the support I needed, that I lost sight of the essential struggle I was going through. This journey was always personal. It was always going to be hard. In hindsight, I needed to be confidently upfront about it.

 

“This journey was always personal. It was always going to be hard. In hindsight, I needed to be confidently upfront about it.”

 

To be continued...

Tags: africa, expedition, expedition project, paul theroux, riding the iron rooster, roger wynne-dyke, south africa, volunteer

 

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