Roll of the Dice – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 86 – 2 March 2019

Roll of the Dice – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 86 – 2 March 2019

– ODO- 10922 – 11062km
– Location- Agra, Utter Pradesh, India
– Weather- 13-20 light drizzle

Roll of the Dice

Today I learned that Alex Clark (who appeared on my podcast just a few months ago) was struck by a “semi” on a North American highway and seriously injured. Thankfully he’s alive but he won’t be riding a bike anytime soon.

We’d been introduced on Instagram while I was on the road in Turkey through a fellow cyclist. Although we didn’t meet in person his energy on the podcast and in his videos from the road kept me close to his adventure. In the time it took me to get to India he made it across through South East Asia and the whole of Australia and New Zealand. Every time I saw an update I marvelled at how far he’d gone.

As I pedalled into Agra through the Taj Mahal tourist traffic I had time to ponder the risk of cycling. Cycling by itself is not overly risky an activity. In the UK, “there are 8 million cycle trips for each cycling death and 27 million miles cycled for each death”. Granted we’re not cycling in the UK and around the world traffic safety and cycle awareness varies but the main factor that increases the risk is that we’re on the bike putting in time time after day.

While you’re in the office 9-5pm we are on the bike. Even longer most days. By sheer amount of time on the road the chances of an accident. At the end of the day, your life is at the whim of every driver. By doing what we love we roll the dice more than most.

Here’s to your recovery Alex.

Ben

Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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