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From Castellon (Spain) to Northern Cape (Norway) by Tandem supporting the fight against cancer.

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Day 38. Sant Carles de la Rápita – Castellón

Posted by admin On Agosto - 27 - 2010

109 kilometers. 4 hours.
JL: I’m writing this belated blog post about the Sant Carles de la Rápita- Castellón final stage. I can’t say much about the road since we cycled along the national road N-340.   Not many kilometers but at warp speed. We had to get to Castellón on time, at 1 p.m. No further [...]

Day 37. El Vendrell- Sant Carles de la Rápita

Posted by admin On Agosto - 16 - 2010

129 kilometers. 5 hours and 54 minutes.
IVAN: The kilometers we covered today along the hellish national road N-340 weren’t as hard as we thought they would be. An ugly day; it was cloudy for a change but there were blasts of fair wind. We went past the Ebro Delta; that’s worth mentioning. Take a close-up [...]

Day 36. Vic- El Vendrell

Posted by admin On Agosto - 16 - 2010

142 kilometers. 8 hours and 34 minutes.
IVAN: 6:45 a.m. The alarm clock goes off at the same time it does every single day. It doesn’t wake me up, though. I’ve been awake for 15 minutes. I look through the window next to my bed. It’s open. I can see a blanket of thick black clouds [...]

Day 0: The beginning of all this…

Posted by admin On Diciembre - 1 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

By Iván.

I remember “day 0” very clearly, the first day. I already knew that José Luis, my partner in this case, was a supportive person, although you can figure that out through time and hours of conversation, but I’m losing track. “Day 0”, in a train from Alicante-Castellón, coming back from a workday at one of the peninsular delegations of the company where we work. We started talking enthusiastically, like in so many other occasions and THE IDEA that had been circling his mind for so long came up. Not only did he share it with me but he suggested I participate… THE CHALLENGE: a long-distance trip riding a tandem bicycle, and immediately the reason and the purpose, the why (the fight against cancer). We started giggling and making comments and suddenly the doubt… is it true what we are saying? Does it make any sense?… and what’s more, are we willing to do it? Let’s go for it!

After discussing the subject for days in order to properly approach the challenge, after revising calendars and dates and even checking out various routes, we made up our minds for this one and adopted it as our own, as if we were the first to do it. We studied printed and digital maps, balanced the pros and cons, the profiles and temperatures, and last, we planned our physical preparation that we are executing now.

Its like if we were preparing our bed to be able to sleep well and reach our dream.

Day 0: What if we organise a solidarity challenge?

Posted by admin On Diciembre - 1 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

By J.L.

What is wrong with cancer? Why is it so hard to find a cure?
Either directly or indirectly, cancer has affected almost everyone I know causing them pain and loss. Cancer is a disease that does not differentiate between rich and poor. It receives less attention than other more recent diseases even though it takes more lives. It never gets a front page and it seems like famous artists are no longer interested in organising huge concerts to defeat it. It is as if its universal nature has made us resign. Practically, the only way to fight it is amputating or bombarding the organism with substances that sometimes attack the cancer and the rest of your body.
I have known so much suffering up-close due to cancer that I have always wanted to do something about it. But what? I am sure that curing it is a mater of money. I also know that we are capable of the best if we have a purpose that inspires us. I have seen videos of people achieving things that seemed impossible and they weren’t after all. Seeing them convinces me that impossible things are impossible only because we expect them to happen by themselves. To achieve what seems impossible we must abandon the traditional road and take on brave actionsthat can inspire others.

The words from Steve Job´s speech (creator of apple) “remembering that you are going to die is the best way of not falling into the trap of thinking you have something to lose, you are already naked, there is no reason not to follow your heart”, rattle us and leave us without excuses. For me, an inspiring reason is helping defeat cancer.  There are no excuses. This proposal was what finally made me decide to start a project that had been floating around my head for many years. That is exactly what my friend Iván and I talked about on a train trip from Alicante back to Castellón on February 2009: Why not make a long distance trip through Europe in tandem and use it to attract attention and collect money for the fight against cancer? Why not? The next day we started working without excuses to give shape to the project and obtain the necessary supports. Once these were achieved, nine months later we are in perfect physical condition to face the challenge we will begin in June 2010. Want to join us?

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