Touring – The Journey Is The Destination

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

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dawn Kelly
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 04:48:07

    Hi Janis & David
    Thank you for the beautiful video set to beautiful music, we loved it! We have enjoyed the blog and videos along the way and appreciate you sharing your adventures with us. It was great to hear your voice tonight and Dan enjoyed the song. Have a safe trip home.
    Love Dawn, Dan & Luke

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  2. Marianne
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 13:04:41

    You are living Elizabeth Gilbert’s quote from (Eat, Pray, Love)
    “Still, despite all this, traveling is the great true love of my life. I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen years old and first went to Russia with my saved-up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant in my other loves. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless, newborn baby–I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me. It can barf all over me if it wants to–I just don’t care.”
    — Elizabeth Gilbert
    Such a beautiful world to explore!

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  3. Ali
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 13:18:08

    What a nice summary of your amazing adventure! I am so glad you had the trip of a lifetime but also can’t wait for you to come home!

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  4. julie morris
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 23:51:04

    Wow. Love to see your journey. You look so happy. What an experience. It is a great way to spend your time together. Happy trails and I will watch for more. God bless you both and may he keep you safe. Love Doug, Julie and Zac Morris

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  5. John Campbell
    Mar 31, 2012 @ 22:17:42

    What a great video (too bad my speakers aren’t working so couldn’t hear the music). Thanks for sharing your journey with everyone so faithfully. It’s been a real armchair learning experience to read your entries and look at your videos and photos. Have a great trip home.

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