Saturday, 12 November 2016

The Adventure Begins Again...

I’ve been struggling to come up with a catchy way to start this post, to draw you in and share with you the excitement of heading off on a new adventure, but honestly? I think I’m just too tired right now for my brain to be working at the level required to do that.

For the last six months I’ve worked as many hours as humanly possible, often seven days a week with both early starts and late finishes in order to save as much as I could. I usually make sure I have at least a few days off before I leave, but this time there really didn’t seem to be any need. Small backpack, less stuff and as living out of a bag isn’t exactly new to me, I decided it was worth earning every penny I could.

Yesterday I spent my last day at work with some of the loveliest people I've ever worked with and was truly humbled when I received the kind of send-off reserved for those who have worked for a company for years rather than a few short months. My desk was decorated with balloons and confetti and at the end of the day I was sent off into the night with a big bag of travel essentials, lots of good wishes and a head full of great memories.

First thing this morning, just before the rain started, I tucked my bike up safe and warm in its winter home, dropped some things off at work, picked up the last couple of items on my list et voila - I’m ready to go.

So what’s the plan? Don’t be silly, there’s no plan! That’s the fun, being able to do what we want, when we want with no schedules and no route already mapped out. Travelling simply, meeting local people and discovering and experiencing the beautiful countries of South East Asia.

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll jump on a Heathrow-bound train and as I’m checking in, Evan should be landing in Ho Chi Minh City. In fact he’s in the air as we speak. With any luck he’ll find us a cosy place to stay, sleep off his jetlag and be there to meet me when my flight arrives on Monday night. I can’t wait to see him. It has been a tough six months, it’s really hard spending all that time apart, but it does mean we get to spend the next half a year together.  At last the wait and the hard slog is over and the nervous energy is starting to build. What makes it even more exciting is that this is an area of the world new to both of us. Short of watching a few videos of other people’s bike trips, we’re both going into this blind and I can’t wait!

Well that’s it for now, I’m going to sign off there because there’s really not much more I can say. As usual, I’ll be sharing my musings along the way (and no doubt posting way too many photos). Evan will be writing a ride report again too on ADV Rider (I’ll post the link in due course).

Hope you’ll come along with us for the journey!

1 comment:

  1. So glad that you dropped in to see us before leaving, Evan. Bon voyage loved friend and relative. barb and bill