"You're dead a long time."~ Anonymous (one of the rules of trauma)
It's been a while since I posted on my website and for good reason...after considerable deliberation, I have decided to end my ride across country. The simple fact is that I am not having fun. When did this realization sink in? Marshall, AR. Prior to that, I had reorganized my route several times, but, the night in Marshall, I realized the fact that I wasn't having fun was overpowering my desire to continue on.
Physically and mentally, I was doing fine and really felt strong. Without the fun, however, the ride was not what I wanted. In the future, I'll be back on the road, traveling to those battlefields or brewpubs on my bicycle, but it will be different in that I will drive from one location to another and do day rides there. I'll also do more solo rides, where I start/finish somewhere.
So, right now, I'm at The Bill and Hillary Clinton International Airport in Little Rock, AR, and will be flying Southwest to Albuquerque this evening. Tomorrow, I'll fly back to Silver City to see my wife, Eileen, and our friends. My bike is being shipped to Silver City and will arrive there on Monday. Spokes, http://www.spokesshop.com/, is an amazing bike shop with very friendly, efficient employees, who packed my bike and got it shipped out. And they have an espresso bar! Very cool.
For now, a tune to exit this post. George Strait doing "The Cowboy Rides Away"... http://youtu.be/4AnTe663mrY. To all of you who read my website posts and who had faith in me, thank you. I wish I could tell you all how much that means to me. Until the next ride. And I will post about the rides up to and including Little rock, AR, and will be posting pictures and videos. Happy trails!