On this episode of 'the Nostalgic Vagabond' podcast, I talk with Matt Chalupnicek.
Matt is another Canadian and fits my descriptor of being cool, charismatic but kinda crazy.
We worked together for a few months in Australia when he was travelling the world with Matt, another Matt whom I also worked with. It was a little confusing at times working with two Matts, both Canadian, both kind of crazy.
Matt Sebastian was the other Matt in fact, the other Matt who was on the previous podcast episode with Shaun McCord. It was this Matt, Matt C, who was one of the other riders on that epic east to west bike hike across Canada.
In conversation, we talk about an accident in Calgary that could have killed Matt (10:10) ironically on a bike. While he was in recovery, with a busted jaw, broken arm and a sore head he was invited on the journey. After some deliberation, he decided to join but make the trip his own at the same time (22:40). And why not try to raise money for charity too. So he did.
Matt tells of some of the mishaps he endured (38:10) like when he got sick in Quebec, all alone and had to make a deadline while cycling, soaked in the rain and dog-tired. The things you do for others I suppose.
Matt explains how this journey changed him (54:40) and some of the achievements he is proud of (55:10) too.
I was curious to know Matt's favourite memory (60:10) of the trip and why he would recommend (1:07:00) these kinds of epic adventures...
It was great to have a chat with another old buddy after so many years. If there has been one benefit to this pandemic it has been the willingness of people to reconnect over Zoom. That's been pretty sweet...
A big thanks to Tom Forfar for creating the title tracks for the podcast series.
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