Dragging my Brompton through the thick Hawaiin mud for twelve hours straight had many thoughts going through my head, most of them were what the fuck am I doing here. I didn’t put much thought into that journey, I just stuffed my shit in my pack and left.
when I returned I hadn’t ever gone deeper than 6″ into my pack. I never used my sleeping bag and most other items were little more than the weight of the world on my back. I carted my shit around because I owned it, but in the end; it owned me.
Ive never been very good at preparing for things, I just dive and and see what happens. I’m pretty much on that page right now. Last night I stuffed a bunch of crap in my bags and it all almost fits. Im not mentally up to the task of doing this right now due to all out exhaustion but I am doing it. My motto is if I want something and I don’t have it, I don’t need it. I sure many items will be donated along the way.
What I do know is that my tent works and I have a warm enough sleeping bag. My mishmash of clothing should keep me warm and the uke will help my brain and maybe even a few new songs will come out of this.
The whole boat thing hasn’t really been working out so in switching gears, when she sells I’m buying a flat in the city and going back to a normal life but for now nothing in my world is normal. Tomorrow after my last day at work I get one special night in a big comfy bed with a bathtub and good music. The following morning is when the rubber hits the road and all bets are off. I have no idea how far I will ride or in what direction although do usually gravitate south at this time of year.
I haven’t a single responsibility in the world so at this point I am more free than I have ever been in my life. Just me, Brompty, my uke and the open road. I think Larry Pardey said it best when he said ” As long as it’s fun”. Be it a day or a year, one of the many benefits of traveling light is the ability to jump a plane, train or automobile at any point and make a B-line to a new adventure. Going my way?
“A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.”
― Roman Payne