The jitters have started. The two week to go anxiety. What could go wrong??? A new continent, Africa, and CoVID. They are saying level 1. The Omicron variant is gone.
We have had a wonderful past few months catching up with friends and seeing family. Thanksgiving. Birthdays. Christmas. Holidays not usually spent together were spent together. Just visiting and hanging out with the kids and grandkids. Time on the road steals those precious moments away, like sands in an hourglass, gone forever. But we all make the most of the time and memories made when we’re together.
But, isn’t that what life is about? Figuring out what makes you happy, what makes you feel whole. As I talk about giving travel presentations, “Yes, You Can”. You can travel and not leave your life behind. Yes, sacrifices have to be made. This life that we have, it isn’t a dress rehearsal. Wouldn’t it be worse to be at the final curtain saying, “I should have”. Make the best of the time available to you, be happy, try to make others happy, and do this everyday.
So, now is the next chapter, a few months riding around Africa. I like to plan, but have learned not to overdo it. Thanks to many friends that have done this before me, I have learned. I have learned that the best parts of any trip are the unexpected things. The amazing view when rounding a tight corner and the green valley opening up to reveal the jagged snow caps mountains in the distance with a brilliant blue sky as a backdrop. The stranger that becomes a friend even when a language and cultural barrier seemingly make that impossible. So we leave the route a mystery. We know a direction and what’s ahead, but those are just suggestions waiting to be changed.
We hope to show you, again, that people are good. That governments have an agenda to keep you home and scared, for what ever reason you may want to believe. So in the shadow of so many travelers before us, we set off to our unknown. New people, new foods, new cultures. Changing us again. Opening our hearts and allowing the goodness to enter.
Two more weeks…I can’t wait.
Cheers, and safe travels,