I have written a number of Motorcycling Diaries and published them on this site. The question that crops up most frequently, along with statements about my general mental health, is Why??
To try to answer that I am going to take you on a Motorcycle Ride. This is not your "Sunday afternoon, let's go for a ride". Everyone can understand that, even if they don't want to do it themselves. No, this is a test of endurance. It is not a race but it is far more than just a ride.
This is a tale of an attempt to ride fifteen hundred miles in less than twenty four hours. We are not talking about whether it should be done, all I am concerned about here is whether or not it can be done, and can it be done safely.
In advance I know it can be done, but I don't know if I can do it.
In every test of endurance you will find your limits. Leaving it all on the field is a time-worn expression to those who have pushed themselves right to the point that their mind and body says "Enough! I have gone this far, but no further". If you have never experienced that then, at least in that respect, you have yet to realise your own potential.
Whether it be triathalon, marathon running, hang-gliding or any other activity that requires a combination of mental acuity and physical endurance there will always be those who want to push it to the point where they reach the wall, then go a bit further. The acid test is to be able to do that while retaining sufficient judgement to understand when it is time to stop. What marks out the truly successful is the ability to know when the limit is reached and take away not the failure, but the lessons.
In one respect, twigg failed. Sad, but true. There is more to it than that, so let's go on a ride, and you be the judge.
On the other side of the Orange roadkill, is the tale ....