My name's Greg, I'm from The Netherlands, 26 years of age and I'm currently in the process of realizing one of my lifelong dreams of visiting Greece. I took it upon myself to do this after getting through one of the darkest periods of my life (full story is at my website
). It just seemed now or never, so I started lessons, got my license, and now I'm here, ready for the next phase.
The plan is to make a journey in 2013, which will bring me from my home through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy to Greece. I fully realize though that this is not going to be some trip down to the supermarket, but needs serious training and preparation. For this, I plan to use the coming year.
In May 2012, I did a 700km testing trip to see how all the various equipment coped and in the summer of 2012, I crossed the North Sea to Great Britain to make a tour of the island
. The Tour of Britain wasn't just to find out how the bike and I cope with longdistance touring, it was also partially due to my grandfather - it's been a dream of his to once see Scotland, but now that he's in his 80s he can't do it anymore. That seems the worst feeling in the world to me - wanting something only to realize it's too late. Therefore, I did the tour of GB also on his behalf.
The eventual trip to Greece will also incorporate a charity, namely the To Write Love On Her Arms foundation
. They're a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing help and support to those dealing with depression, suicide, addiction or self-mutilation. In 2013, I plan to ride with a white helmet, and I'll ask everyone that I meet to write the thing or person they love most in their lives onto the helmet. Upon arrival back home, the helmet will hopefully have become a written map of the trip, and will subsequently be auctioned off. The proceeds will then go to TWLOHA.
Currently I'm busy with determing the way to and from Greece
. If you have any suggestions on where to go or you want to tag along on the route, please feel free to post!
Be sure to checkout my website @ www.thirteenreasons.nl
or on Facebook
Thanks in advance!