We were busy painting blackboards and making playlists for the lectures. There were two hours to go until Do USA would begin and Campovida was bustling with excitement. Duke Stump one of the founders just received a text from one of the speakers and his face was a little distressed.
“Hey Ross and Alice, could you speak at this years Do?” Duke asked
10 second pause, “Ah, sure. Tomorrow or Sunday?” we nervously replied
“How about 16:30? One of the speakers isn’t going to make it.” Duke replied
We glance at our watches, it was 14:30.
“Shit the bed Duke” Ross said. “Are you serious?”
“Yep” was all Duke said.
For those of you who know us, you’ll know that we love the Do Lectures, we’ve volunteered at Do Wales every year since they started and every one has been a privilege. Many of the talks we have seen over the last few years have changed our lives, so to be asked to stand up in front of the Do logo and tell our story was HUGE.
We legged it to the Campovida office, sat down with a laptop, a big white board and started working on a presentation of our journey. At 16:22 we crept into the back of the hop barn, got mic’d up and took a few deep breaths.
16:31 Duke took the stage and with a heartwarming and emotional introduction we were live. On stage, bright lights in our eyes, 100 faces staring back at us and our first slide behind us that just said YES.
When our talk goes online we’ll be sure to let you know.
We are back on our bikes in the morning, 800 miles to go and we can’t wait, Mexico and more outstanding here we come.