I have been traveling for 4 months already now. Hard for me to believe that it has been as long as my last big moto trip. How different and amazing in their own way the two trips have been.
As I sit in my little apartment in Lima, reflecting to the rhythmic sounds of a hammer drill on concrete, because of a remodel in the neighboring apartment, the only thoughts I have are true appreciation and gratitude. Well and the thought of taking the sledgehammer I now hear to the hammer drill and telling the construction guys to call it a day! Haha.
All sarcasm aside, which is a feat for me in itself. I have really enjoyed Lima and growing to love this apartment Ive been in. More on my time in Lima later. The construction is not an everyday thing and it is what it is. A minor unexpected inconvenience in what is an amazing journey. The scenery and the riding are always good and at times breathtaking but something has struck me lately about people and their reaction to my adventure.
Recently I have had several comments from people I have met, thanking me. For what? For letting them be a part of or sharing my adventure with them. I have always said “thank you, my pleasure”, which is absolutely true. But a thank you for sharing my adventure might have knocked a coherent thought loose in my tiny brain and maybe even a feeling! I never felt like thank you back my pleasure was enough. That’s because its not.
I always appreciate the thank you and kind words but really I am not sharing my adventure. They are a part of it and making the adventure! The people I meet and experience things with are the adventure. Without the human side of my crazy little idea of riding a moto around South America, it would simply be a mission of miles. It is really to all of those people that I have spent time with, keep in contact with or wish to see again someday that I say more than thank you. It’s just riding a motorcycle without all of you being a part, a huge part. I have been humbled by people compassion when I have been sick, inspired by peoples ability to put others first in life and give with no limitations and others effortless ability to truly enjoy life in the moment. So much respect, appreciation and love to those whom I have crossed their path and their adventure. Thank you to everyone that follows along and sends messages asking where the heck I am and how I am doing. Good to be reminded I have more than on home to come back to. The trip simple stated is riding a motorcycle around foreign places. The journey is sharing it with people in all capacities. Feeling like one lucky gringo these days!
Some words of inspiration the a wise man! (no not me)
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered:
“Man.. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then, he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”