A few weeks ago, Sparta Chicks Radio celebrated its 4th birthday.
And there is no-one I’d rather share that celebration with than this week’s return guest, Lucy Barnard!
Lucy is attempting to become the 1st woman to walk the length of the world.
She set off in February 2017 from Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina to walk to Barrow, Alaska; a journey of 30,000km /20,000mi across 15 countries that she anticipated would take about 5 years.
When I was preparing to speak to Lucy for that episode, I realised we share a unique connection; we both started our respective journeys - Lucy started walking and I published the first podcast - on the very same day in 2017.
That conversation turned into our first anniversary / birthday celebration and we agreed to catch up each year for an update on her progress!
And now she returns to the podcast for the 4th time to share how the last 12 months have unfolded, including:
* when she got the sense that 2020 may not go according to plan,
* the record (!) distance she set this year,
* making the difficult decision to come home, knowing she had to leave Wombat behind and why it felt like a betrayal,
* why Wombat brought purpose to her expedition,
* when she realised the purpose she had when she started the expedition wasn’t “enough”,
* the experience of coming home and the culture shock she felt,
* the grief she felt at the loss of her goal (for now),
* whether her attempt to become the first female to walk the length of the world will still be recognised when she resumes the trip, and
* her hopes (if not her plan) for the next 12 months.
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