We are done the cycling portion of our trip and are enjoying a little beach time before returning to Canada on April 02nd.
In the past, we have commented on how we tour. Now a brief summary on why we tour. The reasons are many, and they change day by day.
It is an amazing way of slowing things down that are being presented to you. From there your senses take over and digest what is in front of you, the sights, the sounds, the smells and the cornucopia of other snip it’s of a culture right before your eyes.
One could look at travel and see an evolution of methods of travel. All are good and serve a different purpose. In the past we have flown to a country, done the all inclusive thing and flown home with a new sense of understanding of that nation.
Next one graduates to flying to a nation and booking your own hotels and fly from center to center.
Next you buy a back pack and take the VIP bus or train between cities and maybe start to stay in guest houses instead of Sheraton hotels. Now things start to get more interesting, and you start to get a better feel for the locals, and you meet travelers with deeper travel stories. While you are on a bus in a foreign nation you go through a small village and you see two cyclists with their bikes fully loaded, on the side of the road spending time with the locals. That is when you get the touring bug.
We actually met a guy, Michael who halted his 12 month around the world backpacking trip, bought a bike and is now finishing it on two wheels.
Now that you have slowed your journey down to under 20 km per hour, you can see and feel where you are. It gets one more into the moment. You see a sight you want to absorb more of, you simply stop and have at er. No agenda, no timetable, let the wind blow you where it may.
What about the crappy beds, with questionable cleanliness, squat toilets, no TP provided, little or no recognizable food to be offered, no hot water, and even no water once, 45 degree temperature, mountains, broken road, no roadsigns, and worst of all no coffee in the morning. None of that matters, it is all worth it.
As a new friend we met, Stephen mentioned, “STAY CURIOUS”. That seems to be a key ingredient in seeking to see the off the beaten path’s of the world.
Oh ya, just behind us at one point was a Lady who was walking from Paris to Singapore. Who knows, if our biking days ever end…..
Signing off for now, as this is the end of this blog. Thank you for taking time to read this journal.
We did a summary video from our trip (below).
Janis and David