Heba’s Story: Cycling 1,000 Kilometers To Learn Nothing Is Impossible
By Heba Kamel ·
February 19, 2017
This post is part of the Oola Travel Adventures Series, which chronicles the adventures of Oola pioneers far and wide, in pursuit of mountains and lakes to rivers and waterfalls. Each post is a guest post from a brave Oola pioneer.
About the Oola Pioneer
NAME: Heba Kamel
DESTINATION: Cycling from Oslo, Norway to Düsseldorf, Germany
TIMING: May 2012
PURPOSE: Cycling with Team Egypt during the Global Biking Initiative for charity
EXPERIENCE: Cycling 1,000 kilometers from Oslo to Düsseldorf in only 7 days, Heba Kamel learned that NOTHING is impossible.
For five consecutive years starting in 2011, I’ve dedicated time to train specifically to join a great cause of cycling for charity. The adventure of crossing countries on a bike was a cherry on the top to look forward to.
One of the toughest tours I’ve ever joined was in May 2012, when we cycled 1,000 kilometers in 7 days from Oslo, Norway to Düsseldorf, Germany. We did an average of 100-120 kilometers per day, cycling for about 6 to 8 hours daily. It was all for charity, through the Global Biking Initiative, a fast-growing, worldwide cycling community with the mission to raise fund for charities in more than twenty countries.
Our team pushed through in the rain and wind and toughest weather conditions. No matter the circumstances, we cycled on.
This tour changed my life because I realized that there is nothing called “impossible” — the only limits that exist are the ones we set for ourselves. Human beings can do anything, anywhere and anytime.
The tour taught me to believe in myself and to never underestimate my ability to succeed. I was one of five Egyptian girls who did it, so you never know who you are inspiring to #BeStrong #KeepGoing 🙂
My biggest advice to others out there:
“Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. You got a dream… You gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.”
All photos courtesy of Heba from her cycling adventures.