If I had to pick the one thing that I’ve learned from our travels over the last five months is how incredibly lucky we are to live in the USA, particularly in the southwest with all of the amazing public land available.
Saguache Park in So. CO
Sunset in So. AZ, Black Canyon Trail
On the GDMBR in NM.
San Antonio Mountain, southern CO.
I no longer have a desire to travel 6-7 additional months in a foreign country.
Someone, Cindy Villa I think, gave us a magazine article called “Caring for your introvert”.* When I read it I thought, wow, I am not alone, or weird, there are others out there like me. I shouldn’t feel guilty or need to apologize because I have no desire to willingly be in a crowded, noisy environment.
Cabazon Peak, NM
I do know that I like quiet, I like calm, I like organization, I
like efficiency, I like solitude, I like peaceful, I appreciate
clean and neat. I dislike crowds.
The populated areas of Peru, and the other 3rd world countries I’ve been in, don’t fit into the paragraph above and they really can’t be avoided … I have enjoyed Peru, the experiences I’ve had here the last 6 weeks will always be treasured. Most people agree however, that traveling here is hard. I can do hard, in fact most things I’ve ever done that are worthwhile have been hard. I have come to the conclusion, that for me , traveling in 3rd world countries is not just hard, the rewards don’t outweigh the efforts. On top of that that I seem to keep having health issues.
You know how a song pops into your head and you can’t make it go away? For weeks now I’ve been having mental images popping into my head of areas in the 4 corners states. This is where I feel passion. More often than not these images include mesas, canyons, pinon/ juniper, scrub oak, and ponderosa. Always clean air, solitude and quiet. Often times it’s New Mexico, canyon country has been calling loudly too. Patti thinks it’s because it’s familiar to me. I don’t really agree, regardless, it doesn’t change my feelings.
NM on the GDMBR
CO on the GDMBR
AZ on the Coconino Trail
For the reasons above we’ve decided to head back to the US in early November. We aren’t ready to go home though, we’ll continue to travel, sometimes by bike, sometimes by foot. Southern AZ and NM are in our sites, Baja and Big Bend are possibilities. We’re planning to go to the PNW for a new grand child in January as well.
The only thing certain at this point is that we fly in to Albuquerque. I/we chose ABQ for family reasons.Patti would be happy to continue working our way south from here. I feel really bad about asking her to leave. It’s also frustrating for me knowing that friends and people I respect tremendously** love traveling here. I now accept that I’m not one of them.
Waiting for the ride home….
Patti…… Although I would truly love to continue on through South America perhaps this is not the time. Not having the same issues that Gary experiences here, I admit, the din can be overwhelming and I absolutely understand why he has come to this point and this decision at this time. I truly appreciate the fact that he’s given it his best, much of it has been for my benefit. Far more than wanting to continue through SA is my deep desire for Gary to be happy and like all good partners we have complementary strengths, we travel well together…. Sure, I could continue on either solo or with friends we’ve made along the way, but I would much rather be with a happy Gary in his happy places. After all, they’re my happy places as well. So… folks… I’m totally good with this decision. SA will always be here. Besides…. he’s so very right, we are blessed to have what we have at home…. and that includes all of you!!!!
*Article on introverts;
**Friends that are now or have recently traveled here long term;
Harriet and Neil- http://pikesonbikes.com/blog/
Sarah and Tom- http://bicyclenomad.com