On June 21, we are leaving on an adventure that we have been preparing for for over a year. When thinking back, we can’t pinpoint the moment the decision was made to go on the bike tour. Was it possibly a fleeting thought that stuck? Was it a grand discussion where we weighed the pros and cons? Regardless, we have been living and breathing this dream for almost a year now. Soon we will be quitting our jobs, packing up all of our belongings and departing on a self-sustained cross-country bike tour.
A lot of people think we have lost our minds. And you know what? It will be scary and if you let yourself dwell in negative thoughts, you can consume yourself in fear and talk yourself out of just about anything. But we want to do this BECAUSE it will be hard. Undeniably, some of it will be unbearable and ugly and not fun. But more often than not, there will be parts of our bike tour that will be so amazing and unplanned and beautiful.
Recently, this advice was given to us in an email, The people that think what you are doing is crazy are asleep. I’m not sure if the person who typed this was quoting someone else, or speaking from his heart, but it is something that I will repeat to myself while on the road and for the rest of my life.
What people don’t think about when we tell them about our bike tour is what we will find out about ourselves and the world while on our bikes, with the sky above us and the road beneath us.