Well, the countdown is well and truly on. Just two weeks before I’m on my way down to Heathrow for a 14 hour flight to Santiago, Chile. I always knew that the days would just fly by the closer my departure date came but I’m still shocked about how quickly it has come around.
Hopefully this website/blog will be useful for people who are interested to see what I’m up to over the coming months. I’m not trying to gain any kind of following, it’s just a site for family and friends really. There are pages on the main menu about the route, the bike and me and regular blog posts will appear via the home page. Feel free to add any comments you might have, mercifully I get to moderate these.
I have a mixture of emotions about the trip really. Of course I’m super excited about the adventure ahead but for some reason trepidation seems to be rearing its nagging head lately. The funny thing is, I’m not sure I’m even worrying about the right things. I’m not overly concerned about personal safety despite recent public unrest in Chile and Bolivia, and a mugging gone wrong in Argentina. I know that by far the biggest risk for me is a road traffic accident. The unpredictable bureaucracy of border crossings and not being able to call any place home for several months seem to be a growing worries. It will all be fine of course.
“It will all be fine in the end. If it’s not fine, it’s not the end.”
Even with my own somewhat limited pot of emotional intelligence and compassion to draw upon, it’s really starting to hit me that there are people and places that I love that I won’t see for a while. It will definitely be hard on me, and them at various points in the coming months.