It finally hit me when we were driving in a convoy of Eco-Challenge vehicles to the start line at 11 pm….
Volunteering with the Eco-Challenge this year was the experience of a lifetime. Being within a race of that magnitude and seeing how all the cogs work together made me appreciate it all the more. This year, a new expeditionary style was debuted with teams having more navigational control in their hands. The propensity for error was extremely high, with only 23 teams out of 81 finishing the race.
As part of the web team, I was a field reporter and got up close to the competitors. If they were kayaking down a river, we were in a long boat right next to them. If they were biking, we were driving alongside, and if they were trekking, we were trekking with them to get our stories.
Fiji is an amazing place. The sights, sounds, and faces are unique and absolutely memorable. Working with Eco brought me closer to places and people I may never have met, and to some of the most remote yet breathtaking regions on this earth.
Wading across the Navua River, snorkelling off the shores of Wayasewa Island, drinking kava with the villagers of Navala, driving around busy Nadi town, and pushing a muddy van stuck enroute to the remote Savioune Falls are just a few of the experiences that will enrich my life forever.
Find out more about the Eco-Challenge at www.ecochallenge.com