The original Braking Boundaries team met while working as English teachers in Seoul and had known each other for several years. Despite this, they seemingly haven’t had enough of each others company and spent 6 months living on bikes and in each other’s pockets.
From past experience, Jared is going to be the one kicking down the tents at daybreak and ensuring that the team are from their beds untimely ripped. And he’ll do it with a smile on his face.
Why Jared Cycled: “Imagine an adventure of a lifetime, with 3 of your closest friends, through multiple countries and cultures. Top that with an an experience that will push the limits of both mental and physical abilities and there you have it.”
As the team’s sole American and female of the species, Katie will of course be subjected to absolutely no jokes whatsoever. She recently decided that Sunday mornings were much to nice for lie-ins and that triathlons would be a more sedentary alternative.
Why Katie Cycled: “Between the What Ifs and the Why Not’s, it’s a wonder that anyone would cash in their creature comforts for a bike, a few bags of belongings, and a sore bum. And I’m sure this is the line of thinking that drives people to ask, Why?”
The periodical instigator, it’s only fitting that David should provide the spark of inspiration for this grand scheme. With an 8,000km cross-Canada trek (2006) already under his belt, he is no stranger to long-distance cycling. His experiences of life on the saddle will no doubt be an invaluable advantage over the days and weeks to come.
Why David Cycled: “My bike has made my life better. Whatever the reasons are; for health, strength, adventure, tired of the current state of life, getting the last big adolescent want to travel out of the system, blah blah blah… I think only one sentence is appropriate: I cycle because I love it.”
Tom is from Northern Ireland, and is accompanying us under EU Directive #1690 which states that any multinational expedition party must include one certifiably nutty Irishman or derivative thereof.
Why Tom Cycled: ….a question I’ve asked myself many times since the the idea was initially floated to me back in 2006. I’ve tried several times to answer it, but each one has failed to satisfy, either coming across as too mawkish or disjointed for my liking.