|Heidi and I met this amazing lady on the plane and we wound up staying at her place in Guatemala City!|
|Heidi at the Cosmic Convergence|
|All the lovely people at our camp|
|Bringing on the 2014 pre-dawn at the Desert Dweller's performance on the lake - incredible|
|January 1st, 2014. - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala|
|My home for a little while at the Miami airport|
|Beach day with hostel folks|
|Highway 1, heading out into infinity|
|Out exploring the Keys for a couple days|
|Further from Washington than South America!|
Any great experience gives us the opportunity to redefine ourselves. Whether you jump on a bus bound for another city or leave on an adventure to an unknown continent, the way we perceive the experiences and relationships we’re surrounded by is up to us; we create our mood. I believe the secret ingredient to having a monumental adventure is to plan nothing and never use a guide, rather find your own ‘road less traveled.’ I use the bicycle with tattered photo-copy maps and recommendations from travelers – there are tons of creative ways to explore the worlds’ landscapes and cultures, it just takes a little imagination. From here, just flow, listening to where your soul and instincts takes you. This past year traveling held some of the best moments of my life and allowed me to recognize and change a lot of old habits, replacing them with new ideas and actions. I strove at first to find who and what I was looking for in this trip, but learned that if I had patience, what I lacked in my life would come. From experience to experience, relationship to relationship, everything happens for a reason and every day I live is to my astonishment always better than the last.
THANK YOU to all the donors who have helped us raise what we have for our water project in Africa. You know who you are and you should be tremendously proud of the humanitarian equalities you’re fighting for. THANK YOU Dad for beginning this adventure with me and essentially getting me started on a trip that I will think about every day for the rest of my life. THANK YOU Wilhelm for hosting us in Chiclayo, Peru - thank your grandpa for us for cleaning our blood in his special machine! THANK YOU Thomas for all the endless conversations and crepes and to you also Tenny, you guys both inspired me to do a surprise homecoming. THANK YOU Suzanne and Tobias for helping me through the Cusco ordeal and buying Oregano at the plaza in Cusco haha. THANK YOU Loic for launching me into the second chapter of my trip and for being a great companion for those months spinning south – so many oatmeal-tuna-cracker-soy meat-soup packet lunch mixes out in that damn windy desert… Rinconada! THANK YOU Gael, Grace, Rebecca, Juliana, James, Marianna, Nicolas, and Christa who made Sucre, Bolivia an incredible memory that I’ll never forget. THANK YOU Nigel for showing me that it is possible to tour with a bike too heavy to lift. So glad to see you doing something like this at your ripe young age. THANK YOU Anto, Mauro and Fauco for the early morning road trip around Salta and an introduction to the indescribable friendship that nearly every Argentinian shares. THANK YOU Lukas for introducing me to the art of meditation and positive energy. You helped me remember that my bike trip is not about biking; I hope to one day see you in rainbowland. THANK YOU Sr. Antonio in Belen for creating a haven for cyclists bounding with art and inspiration. THANK YOU Coco and Gregg for all those warm starry desert nights spent stuffed in the tent watching Breaking Bad or Boardwalk Empire. You douche bags really brought out the creativity in my life and reminded me that sharing everything is the only way to live. THANK YOU Vickie for spontaneously hosting six smelly cyclists in your tiny two-bedroom house when we needed help in Chilecito. THANK YOU Jackie and Kayla for those awesome nights camping around the fire – the ‘family song’ will forever be stuck in my head at the most unsuspecting moments. THANK YOU Miguel, Cecilia, and friends in San Jaun for not only accepting dirtbag strangers into your home, but for making us feel like your family. Grido’s, the asados, the boliches and endless Fernet and Coke… You guys are exceptional examples of a genuine friend. THANK YOU Victor in Uspallata for letting me into your home and for the opportunity to make Camping Venancio into a refuge for ‘people like us.’ Never did get your real name, gringo loco… THANK YOU Nastasia, Fanny, and Charlin for getting me on my feet with work in Santiago when I first arrived. THANK YOU Sina for the fun adventures around Santiago and to Francisca, Yuri, Santo, Pablo, and gang for all the late nights on the balcony with Spooky relentlessly licking my apparently delicious ankles. THANK YOU Ivan, James, Jason, Lena, Seona, Diedre, and others for sharing the good times at Ventana Sur Hostal, whether in the pool at 1am or dancing salsa in the family room. THANK YOU Juan Carlos for the pre-mountain pass motivation sesh and for offering your house to me in Santiago should I return. THANK YOU to Sierra and Liam for being the best fucking Canadians that ever lived OH CANADA... THANK YOU Poroto, Luke, Dave, Rafa, and Katrina for making my departure really really really hard. Throwing shapes at The Terrace, bike rides, drives, Chuckee Cheeses, rock climbing at the beach, jam sesh’s, countless after-party sunrises… The energy and happiness we share can move planets and one day we’ll all be howling again under that creamy Chilean moon.
|Poroto, Luke, Dave and I|
To all of you that have followed this trip, I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride! Your support and enthusiasm is always treasured and I hope you took a little piece of inspiration from the trip to use in your own life. I hope you had a fantastic New Years and a 2014 filled with simplicity and happiness. All the relationships and experiences in our lives are connected, leading us somewhere; the decision is up to us whether to fight the current or take the risk and flow. Valparaiso happened to lead me back to the Northwest, but don’t believe for a second that I am ending my trip. I’m just changing locations. :)