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Riding the Great Wall of China

Words David Cachon
Date Jul 18, 2017

Though you can't actually see it from space, the Great Wall of China is one of humanity's true engineering marvels; built over hundreds of years and claiming thousands of lives in the process, the wall ultimately failed to live up to its purpose: keeping out the Mongol invaders. These days if you venture just past the area for tourist selfies, there's a whole other side of the Great Wall to explore. Join David Cachon as he goes beyond the curtain.

"I never imagined how the bicycle would mark the course of my life. How it would define my style and personality. Exploring new paths and creating new shortcuts is my main motivation. It has allowed me to visit and get to know places that I would never have visited in any other life. They are unique experiences that give meaning to my life and fill me with energy to continue to follow this path. The adventure will continue for much longer, this is just the beginning " - David Cachon

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I’ve focused on riding my bike practically all my life. Ever since I was old enough to know why it was so amazing. I remember that feeling of rolling, sliding, movement and the pleasant sensation that it produces in my brain. Over the years I have adapted my whole universe and my whole life to the bike. I'm already close to 40 and I still have the same enthusiasm, passion and interest for it as I did when I was just a child.

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I always thought that life shows us many paths all the time and that in the least expected moment is when an adventure begins, almost without knowing it, inadvertently ... then the spark is produced, the stars line up and suddenly ... I find myself on the way to the Great Chinese Wall with two good friends.

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Abel Blanco is a Madrid, Spain local who is based in China. Abel works at a school in Beijing and is a virtuous filmer. He was really the connecting link of this whole story. My other traveling companion was photographer Fernando Marmolejo with whom I started the first projects for #MakeYourOwnShortcut. Together we embarked on this adventure that took us to one of the dreams of my childhood, to ride my mountain bike on the Great Wall.

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