When I first began riding a bicycle through Africa, there was little on my mind other than the road ahead. From desert crossings and mountain climbs to remote tribes and wildlife around my tent; there was more than enough to occupy the mind.
In short, I spent one year focusing on the simple pleasures and far from the distractions which often consume my daily life. As my cousin says; “we can be busy fools” and it can be all too easy to allow mundane or meaningless thoughts to consume our time each day.
Replacing “Reasons” with Microadventures
Anyway, I also realized during that trip that taking a long distance adventure is not a realistic option for most people. Simply put, it seems like a ludicrous amount of time, money and commitment, not to mention the fact that cycling across Africa is a rather silly idea.
A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.
However, in light of my positive experiences in the outdoors, I wanted to encourage others to get out there more often and microadventures seemed like the perfect fit. Short, local, and affordable; these brief escapes into the outdoors removed every reason a person could have for not taking one – time, travel, and money.
Experimenting with Microadventures in Ireland
Having spent one month taking these microadventures in Ireland, I now fully realize their importance and how even a brief escape in this increasingly busy life can offer the same rewards as an adventure on the other side of the world.
Rather than worrying about deadlines or emails, I was focused on the trail beneath my feet. Instead of stressing over the time, I was keeping an eye out for a suitable spot to pitch the tent. And with the fresh, cold water of a mountain stream on my hands, I was watching the sun rise and feeling re-invigorated.
Sitting back down to work later that day, there was a buzz of excitement as I thought about the next one.
Although it was a year-long bicycle ride that changed my mindset, I believe the time or means of any adventure is rarely the most rewarding aspect. That is to say; the simplicity of these microadventures in Ireland offered all the same rewards and excitement as my escapades around the world. Maybe adventure really is just a state of mind?
Either way, I genuinely believe that microadventures can change the way people feel about the world around them, or at the very least, allow them to forget about those meaningless thoughts for a while – in the comfortable solitude of the outdoors.