We Begin Again

26 05 2016

It’s Thursday,  the 26th of May. We leave tomorrow to finish our trip across the country.

So much has happened in the last year, it’s hard to actually process it all.  10 days after we left our trip last year,  Ken’s mom died. Cancer is a bitch. 7 months later,  my dad also died.  The best medical care wasn’t enough.

Throw in a new job for Ken and the challenge of living in two different places,  I can only say it’s been a tough year.

But we’re going to finish!

In many ways I’m feeling incredibly relaxed about the preparations.  We’ve done enough cycle touring to know what to expect and what works for us. We’ve made some changes to what stuff we’re taking (less! ), we’ve upgraded some of our camping gear (lighter! ), we’ve got our first 3 nights planned.  Both of us have put as many kms on the bike as we did before we left last year and this year the first days of riding will be much flatter.

But,  there’s always something to stress about.  Every year we’re a little bit older,  will our bodies cope with the physical stress? Every time we leave we miss something at home,  a wedding,  our grand-daughter’s birthday  (2 years in a row!), the flowers in the garden.

This year we also worry a little more about safety.  Last July a local cyclist was hit by a car,  her life will never be the same.  I’m now part of committee looking at cycling safety within the county,  we talk about safety a lot. Will our bright clothes protect us? Will new rules of the road convince motorists to give us more space?  Will they care if they run us off the road?

In any case,  we leave tomorrow,  rain or shine.  Trusting that God will watch over us,  keep us safe and give us a time of renewal.

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Packing--notice the flag, another safety feature!

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