I have just discovered Catherine’s Blog of her 10,000 solo trip around China, started when her youngest son headed off to University. Good for her! Check it out!
Update: Its with great sadness that I have just learned that Catherine has been knocked off her bike and killed. This is so sad. I am not sure what to do with this page now, but for the moment I want to leave it here as it is. My wife and I had just discovered Catherine’s blog and had started to share her adventure. This news is a blow to us both and are thoughts go out to Catherine’s family and friends. She will remain an inspiration to us, however, and for sure.
I have spent the afternoon re-reading Catherine’s blog and looking at her photos. It is less than a week since I came upon her blog, but in that short time her writing and photographs have come to mean a lot to my wife and I. In her first posting she mentioned being selfish and irresponsible in leaving her two sons: not so – all of the rest of her writings suggest that she left them a wonderful legacy of courage, good humour, strength, open-heartedness and optimism. Her account of how she used cycling and adventure to create a new self, physically and spiritually, is inspiring and up-lifting.
In her last entry Catherine wrote:
“Today is my last day of cycle touring in China. I’m not ready to leave yet. It has been wonderful. Thank you, China, you have given me an incredible eight months of learning, living and cycling.”
Thank you Catherine for your example and your spirit of adventure. For sure, Catherine will visit with us on our future cycle rides and will not be forgotten.
Some coverage here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10750730