2014-07 GDRx2

The Great Divide Route (x2)

Motorcycling Adventure #14

28 days, 6,323 miles, July 2014

Ray Jardine

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A 28 Day Journey

July 7 to August 3, 2014

28 days, 6,323 miles

Antelope Wells, New Mexico to Banff, Alberta Canada - and return.


Typically - the day before departure - even the whole week before departure - I don't feel like leaving. This seems to apply to just about every trip I've done in the last ten years. Home is so very comfortable, my work is important, and the internet is so interesting.

The world out there is full of uncertainly. Its not very comfortable. And I suspect there could be problems.

But I have learned from experience not to rely on those feelings, because they're not real. What is real is personal growth, and I can't get much of that at home.

I've learned that I can face the uncertainties, can easily endure any lack of comfort, and I can indeed solve most of the problems.

Then there's the fun. Staying home is not so fun. Safe and comfortable, yes. But not so fun. On the other hand, these trips are a blast!

So in the weeks before departure, I set a date and stick to it.

Come departure morning, I'm already mentally programmed. When I get on the bike, the doubts and concerns have faded into nothing, and I'm ready to roll.

An early start to a 28 day journey.

Alberta


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