The End of an Era

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Beijing had always been a milestone for me and my journey and with the arrival of Gao back at the beginning of July it took on a whole new meaning. Well, now China’s capital has been and gone, and with it the end of an era. Gao and I pedalled in late last week after a mammoth 200km day, the 35th day on the road since leaving Urumqi on the other side of China. The indomitable Gao, Ya Guang aced it from start to finish. I pedalled out from Beijing on the 16th after a few days rest and sponsor activities with my Title Sponsor Accenture, alone this time, back to just Hercules and I – my big red flagged buddy with me no more.

I shall miss his company and giggles, his friendship and insight – it has been a privilege, an education and a whole lot of laughs to pedal with him and I am super glad that he had the balls to bound up to me and announce his intentions all those miles ago.Β Here’s to Gao and all that his spirit and journey stands for.

So, next time you’re dithering over whether to do something or not, just think back to Gao.

About Tim Moss

Logistics Manager for the L2L Expedition, Tim runs adventure website The Next Challenge offering free advice and support for anyone planning an expedition or dreaming of one.
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20 Responses to The End of an Era

  1. Helen Outen says:

    Such courage and bravado to suddenly decide to do something as rash as say you’ll cycle 4,ooo km to Beijing!!!!
    Thank you Gao. Hope to meet you someday. I am sure Sarah will miss you as she travels on through China and into Russia.

  2. Stuart Rogers says:

    Yay for Gao!

    So, how’s he getting home? Cycling again? At least he might get a tail wind on the way back.

  3. Robert Bert . says:

    Well done to both of you , I was having withdrawal symptoms without any news for a few days ha ha , I hope Sarah that you are enjoying China as much as I do , and you have found it to be an eyeopener and a country that Westeners do not understand until they visit , regards Sujuan and Robert .

  4. Currin says:

    This is the beauty of adventure…the life unanticipated…! Dreams, Adventure, Stories…then again… Well done Sarah and Gao…!

  5. Dave Baldwin says:

    Congratulations Sarah! I have been following your trek since mid July. Your interview with Gao was special. We are all capable of doing things we thought we could never do. Your trek and adventure has challenged me in this way.
    Looking forward to more reports and updates. Stay safe!
    Dave Baldwin

  6. Susie Hewson says:

    Sorry I missed your calls Sarah. First time I was in Devon, no mobile reception ( odd seeing as you were in Beijing and Devon is the stumbling block!!) second call I was out collecting my son Andrew from Heathrow back from his trekking in South America…. Beijing, such an experience and wonderful people. Gao has been inspired by you and now his life is changed in many ways just by taking that challenge. See how you inspire and motivate Sarah, fantastic πŸ™‚ Would love to talk to Gao if you have contact details. Hope you will get your solo mind back quickly now your whistling partner’s racked his bike. But of course, we are all there behind you so you are NEVER alone. xxx Susie

  7. christina watts says:

    WoW meeting up with someone that can travel across to China with you ‘just like that’ was amazing – like Sliding Doors, we just don’t know what’s around the corner!!!
    Hope we get to meet Gao – he has to be in London as you arrive back down the Thames 2013 ??
    How he must be feeling after his achievement too !!?

    Sure you will miss his company – but we are all still here with you Sarah πŸ™‚
    big hugs

  8. Sally Angel says:

    You don’t regret what you do, just what you don’t do when afforded an opportunity for an adventure!

  9. colin says:

    What an amazing thing he did and he seems like a very likeable guy. I have a vision of him, smiling as an old man in the future when he thinks back to that distant day, many years ago, when he impulsively took off on an adventure with a crazy English woman!
    It’s life stories such as this which will make your journey the incredible experience that we know it will be. Can’t wait to buy the book.
    Colin xx

  10. Alexandra Makhnina says:

    This is great and very inspirational. Brilliant example for “Just do it”. Will think of you both when I have doubts of doing something πŸ˜‰

    Well done both of you!

    Best of luck!

  11. Libby Craig says:

    Keep on pedalling, Sarah, I am sure you will miss your companion and thanks to him for his friendship and encouragement.

    We are out in Kimberley, BC, Canada and I will contact Tim Moss on our return to the UK re your bike journey from Vancouver. Much enthusiasm out here from a friend, Don Davis, who has done Vancouver to Kimberley by bike several times and also Kimberley to New York fairly recently.

    Much love from here and all at SJS, UK.

  12. Gwyn Roberts says:

    Wonderful to be (nearly) able to share this experience with you. This has been a very uplifting event and I admire your courage and your belief in human goodness. Keep going Sarah.

  13. This is quite encouraging and inspiring Sarah, I pray for good health during your adventure. Chao

  14. Rilla says:

    Inspiring! Just do it. πŸ™‚

  15. The hardest part in any journey in life is stepping out the door. Once you do, the rest is incredibly simple. “Leap and the net will appear”
    I love his attitude in this video. Amazing outlook to life. Wish both of you the best in your future endeavors.

  16. Gao is just adorable – I do hope that there will be some way for him to be in London to meet and greet you on your return Sarah. What a wonderful experience for him to cycle with you to Beijing!Gx

  17. gao says:

    Hi,every one. I am back to my normal life and taking care my sick grandmother. thank you every one who cared this trip and thank you everyone who given us a best wish .

  18. gao says:

    Sarah , my friend and my partner. Thank you. I can’t finish this trip without you . You given me an Unforgettable trip.
    When we encounter the sand storm, Your optimism inspired me.
    when we went through the Huoyan mountain(flame mountain) You given me cooler by your water.
    And the most amazing thing is your magic. You could magic everything to help me. Thank you
    I will find my future but not afraid , not fear loss. Because the song you sang :we are the champion my friend.

  19. Sarah says:

    Gao my friend – drop me an email buddy! I have tried calling but your phone is always off/not answered and I don’t have your email address.

    Hope you’ve been out on stranger lately.


  20. Tari says:

    Gao… RESPECT! As we would say in Japan: otsukaresamadeshita!

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