lack of success with applications for travel-related bursaries and scholarships; by their very nature they are extremely competitive and demand will always far outstrip supply. I've applied for quite a number over the last six years or so and never really got anywhere, figuratively and literally.
So I decided that - rather than just sit on my behind and whinge - I would instead do something about it and have my own adventure, a journey to distant lands where I could immerse myself in landscapes and cultures far removed from mine own.
Thus was borne Cycling South America. My aim is to circumnavigate the continent by bike, taking in almost a dozen countries and travelling somewhere in the region of 25,000 km. It'll be a mammoth task, and whether I'll actually go will depend on securing donations and sponsorship from interested parties.
To that end I've put together a blog full of news and updates and where people can have a look at the reasons behind trip, see lots of inspirational links and offer feedback. There's also the obligatory Facebook fanpage and I'll be using Twitter to promote the journey as well.
So if you'd like to take part in my South American odyssey please have a wander over to the Cycling South America website. It could just be the start of quite a voyage...