Once again, George Maurer is on his bike, learning about a new culture and raising money to fight cancer. He's been there for five days and you can follow his journey on Facebook, Instagram and the Blog on his website.
Here's an excerpt from George's Blog post - find the blog at georgemaurer.com.
In about ten days, my trusty Surly Straggler bicycle and I will be boarding a Delta flight to Korea, and then connecting to Hanoi, Vietnam, to begin a 30 day solo bike ride across that country. After five of these rides so far, I have to keep answering folks (and reminding myself) when they ask “why do you ride?”...
My short answer to them will be: “because it’s given me the confidence to get on a bicycle in a country like Vietnam, where I’ll only be prepared to communicate in a basic way in Vietnamese, and to make my way from one end to the other…” It may not be the answer they are expecting, but it’s quite true. Learning a foreign language has been shown to make a person more flexible and open to other races or cultures. Opening up to a culture allows you to be more flexible and appreciative of other ways of doing and looking at things. Certainly being on a bike for weeks on end, observing, listening, and empathizing has helped me more readily answer the question “why do I ride?”