and why am i doing this?
There will be good days and bad, sweaty skin and cold fingers, painful knees and smiling cheeks. It’s not so much about adventure, as one could get that anywhere. It’s about learning a new language, sleeping under the stars (and clouds), and learning again…. that there are great people in this world, and that they come in the strangest of forms and the weirdest of places.
After hitching 'round the world, I learned that when you least expect it, the right person comes your way and makes you feel that this is exactly where you’re supposed to be. To explore south america, this time on bikes… I couldn’t think of any reason why I would keep the great job with the dream schedule in the awesome town. As it was the perfect time to bike.
My Goals for the Trip
- Master speaking Spanish like an adult.... and also understand what other adults say back to me.
- Learn how to do one-handed handstands.....will master after learning how to do two-handed handstands well.
- Become a professional hackey-sack player
- Learn to write with my left hand...to keep the right side of the brain functioning.
--if even one of those has been accomplished, then it has been a great 6 months.
quotes true to heart
"A traveler doesn’t know where they are going, a tourist doesn’t know where they’ve been." -- my personal fav.
"Cycling is like church: many attend, but few understand." – Jim Burlant
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails. The same wind that sweeps one boat to victory leaves others far behind.
The difference is the skill of the hands that handle the sails. It is not the wind that makes or breaks us - it's the set of our sails that counts."
"Like the winds of the sea are the waves of time as we journey along through life,
'Tis the set of the soul that determines the goal and not the calm or the strife." Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."
"Tenacity is the thing you need to make up for your stupendous lack of good judgement."
"Bring a compass because it's awkward when you have to eat your friends."
"Eat well, stay fit, die anyway."