Part 4 The Groad Home
There is a recurring theme that pervades all the more extreme rides I have either created or participated in; and that is that Nothing Ever Goes According To Plan. From near-hypothermia in the Canadian wilderness, to being caught in a typhoon in New Zealand, to landing up in a casualty ward in rural Italy… it’s as if I purposefully forget that risk and danger are implied terms of adventure.
And this trip, relatively short though it was, had brought with it one of the most dangerous situations I’ve been in so far.
Yet it’s hard not to reflect upon situations such as this with at least the beginnings of a smile. These are the memories that sustain us; the moments that define us; and the reason we come back to search for paradise once more.
Bike-packing is never supposed to be comfortable. But to pack up, ride into unknown territory and return is a beautiful thing.