When British hashish fanatic Roger Boyd* determined he wished to disprove the lazy stoner delusion, he set his thoughts to an unimaginable feat: biking for 2 years, in three continents, 14 international locations, and over 19,000 miles. You may think Boyd is the kind of man to go large, however he’ll inform you he merely likes to do issues “correctly.” What’s actually clear nevertheless, is that he has a ardour for biking, train, and hashish.
Earlier than Boyd set off on his spectacular journey, he was already striving to indicate that hashish doesn’t equal laziness. He began a web site and a YouTube channel devoted to his love of mixing hashish with train and journey. He switched to vaporizing from smoking and hoped to set an instance of how hashish can match right into a wholesome way of life.
In 2015, he set out on his largest journey, starting in his dwelling nation of England and ending in Australia two years later. In that point, he would cycle by way of England, France, Spain, Italy, San Marino, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, India, Nepal, New Zealand, and Australia–all of the whereas vaping hashish each twenty miles (about 1-2 hours). We caught up with Boyd to ask him about his expertise biking stoned overseas and what his plans are for the long run.
Discovering Highs Across the Globe
Whereas it could be straightforward to guess this journey was a “highdea,” Boyd says there was no singular ah-ha! second. Fairly, it was an accumulation of concepts. His love of biking and journey collided together with his ardour for a wholesome way of life and hashish; thus the urge to disprove the concept that stoners are lazy was born.
Boyd says his packing checklist included:
- Garments for all climate
- Tenting provides
- Cooking provides
- First help
- Electrical and mechanical provides
- Meals and water
“I picked up [cannabis] as I went, sampling the native strains as I traveled,” he mentioned. “Typically it could discover me, typically I needed to search for it, however we at all times managed to search out one another.”
In fact, who wouldn’t be curious as to what strains aided this unimaginable mission? Boyd says that within the UK, the place hashish continues to be unlawful, he normally by no means knew the names of his strains.
“It’s solely just lately that suppliers appear to be upping their sport and labeling what they promote. For the opposite 19 years I’ve been an unlawful hashish client [in the UK], you ask for an quantity, not a pressure identify.”
As such, a lot of what he consumed throughout his journey will stay a thriller. Nevertheless, that isn’t to say Boyd didn’t come throughout some attention-grabbing strains whereas touring, and some specifically stood out.
“A buddy I’d met within the French Alps sorted me out with some wonderful Amnesia Haze which saved me blazed for a month in Italy,” he mentioned. “I had the most effective Tremendous Lemon Haze in Ibiza, Spain. Indica was all that was on the menu in India. Nepal delivered the most effective cannabis I’ve ever inhaled, and Australia gave an excellent normal of what they ‘down beneath’ consult with as Hydro.”
I Get By With a Little Assist From My Mates
Boyd says that he made plenty of pals alongside the best way—a straightforward feat when attracting consideration with a touring bike, and plenty of of those pals turned out to be nice smoking buddies.
“I keep in mind assembly some backpackers in the midst of nowhere on the Nice Australian Chew—correct distant—and their faces after I supplied them some weed vape have been priceless,” Boyd mentioned. “I made some good pals in southern Spain and I toked up with a guru in his temple in India, and a great deal of different Indians and backpackers alongside the best way. A few of the finest weed mates I made have been in Croatia and Serbia … In Australia I met so many weed fanatics; a great deal of the individuals I spoke to would pull out a stash of inexperienced from their automobile and hand me a bud!”
As for the nation with the most effective hashish? Boyd says Spain, Nepal, and Australia got here out on high for stoned adventures, but when he was selecting outdoors of his biking journey, it needs to be a tie between the US and Canada. That is a part of the rationale Boyd has set his sights on North America for his subsequent journey.
“North America could be the dream, maybe beginning in New York and ending in British Columbia, Canada by way of Colorado, California, and Oregon. That sounds alright,” muses Boyd. As for what number of miles he would bike this time? “The one restrict is funding. I labored, saved, and paid for the [last] total journey myself. I’d like to get a sponsor onboard so this may very well be my job, after which I may cycle 100,000 miles and past!”
Residing the Dream
It’s clear to see Boyd is formidable, however he’s additionally reasonable. He doesn’t fake his journey was straightforward.
“I used to be nervous earlier than I set off for positive,” says Boyd. “I’d carried out a little bit of touring previously—the size of the UK with a mate and many mountain biking each with pals and by myself—but it surely was a bit scary to be peddling off with no clue as to after I’d be again. It wasn’t any tougher than I anticipated, as I anticipated it to be exhausting. The nice days have been unimaginable, and the typical days have been nonetheless nice. The exhausting days have been certainly exhausting, however I discovered that so long as I saved on peddling—bodily and metaphorically—I knew I’d get by way of them and issues would enhance, and shortly sufficient they at all times did.”
So, what recommendation would Boyd supply to anybody all for following in his tracks? Go for it! However cautiously.
“Don’t go round making an attempt to speak to everybody about weed with a hashish leaf-flag flying off the again of your bike and a joint hanging out of your mouth—that’s assuming you’re doing it someplace the place weed is unlawful. If it’s authorized, do all the above. Additionally, you must already be into driving a bicycle and hashish. I wouldn’t suggest doing this until you’re actually into each issues,” says Boyd.
Boyd additionally advises warning when selecting location. He says that though he would like to journey within the Center East and Central Asia, he understood the drug legal guidelines are a lot stricter and extra severe, and correctly, he wasn’t keen to take the chance.
For now, Boyd is settled again in Bristol, England, and whereas he says it was exhausting to start with to be stationary once more, he sees some great benefits of each life on the highway and life in a single place. Nonetheless, he finds himself dreaming of packing up and heading again out for an additional journey. It’s no surprise, as a result of when speaking to Boyd, one factor is evident—he has ardour, imaginative and prescient, and drive. You received’t discover a lazy stoner right here.
“I selected to do that as a result of I like hashish, journey, and train, and I wished to spend a few years doing all three day by day.”
* Roger Boyd is an alias to guard his privateness