Di Linh to D'Ran 81km
This week has for me been almost the ultimate adventure experience. I am in a exotic foreign country, cycle touring, with my favorite traveling and adventuring partner, my wonderful wife, Juliet. The only way that it could possibly be better would be if she was not going home to NZ next week.
Today we are clocking up the kms towards the coast, and hopefully a nice beach resort, so Ju can have some beach time before heading home. So for me it is a little sad. It certainly feels as if she has only just arrived, and already we are preparing for her to leave. It certainly makes me wonder why I am pursuing this dream, this journey, this adventure of mine. A very good friend asked me before I left Hanmer, whether I wasn't being a little selfish, leaving Juliet, my family, and friends for over two years while I went off alone. I had to think a bit about it. Yes they would possibly miss me. Yes I wouldn't be close at hand to support them. Yes I would probably miss important times in their lives. But I have a dream. I had an adventure I really want to attempt. And I too am important.
Believe me, it is not easy being separated from those you love. I think of all the adventurers over the years, climbing mountains, crossing oceans, crossing continents, and think how lucky I am, with the benefit of modern technology and communication. Ju and I talk most days by Skype, and I touch base with my family and friends as often as once a week.
But it is still not easy. Easy would be to fly back to NZ next week with Ju, get a job, spend every night with her, go and visit my children and grandchildren, go for meals and drinks with mates, go riding on Hanmer's fantastic Mtb tracks..... Easy, and tempting.....
So what is it that drives me to continue this journey? I wish I knew. Male ego? Mid life crisis? Escapism? Getting out of a rut? Or perhaps just a need for adventure and challenge? As I said I don't know, but at the moment, I'm still feeling pretty motivated. 230 days, and 14,000km from home. I'm going to push on. Initially I'm going to ensure I enjoy everyday that I have Ju with me. Then, sadder, I will get up each morning and cycle. Many days it will hurt. Some days I will be exhausted. Some days will be very hot, some very wet, and some will be very cold. There will be big hills to climb. There will be visa deadlines to meet. I will continue to struggle to find good quality food, and to feed myself sufficiently well to gain some weight. There will be tears, and probably blood spilt. And I will continue to miss Ju, family and friends . Unfortunately, that's part of what this adventure is about.
One of the big things that keeps me going, is the massive support from home, from friends, new friends, sponsors and other supporters. With your help, I'm having a new adventure every day. I am in fact excited every morning about what the day will bring. And I'm really, really looking forward to getting home......although I may be some time.