I arrived back at my home, on Baffin Bay in Texas exactly one week ago almost to the minute. So why am I only now updating my Blog. I simply cannot explain it--in fact I did the same thing when I returned from Tierra del Fuego. I suppose I just do not have the courage to admit that the adventure is now at an end. Actually, I have found both times that as I get near the end of the ride, I seem to go into a "funk". A more sophisticated rider, might label that as a bit of depression. However, Texas riders to do not admit to depression. They just suffer from a bit of "funk".
After returning to Texas, the ride west and then east back to Riviera can only be described as hot, dusty and very dry. And very hot! Very, very hot! It has taken me the whole week just to recover. I ride a bit every day, but at a steady temperature between 97 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I don't seem to ride far.
How did the ride to Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean compare to the ride to Tierra del Fuego? Well, I should have ridden to north first and then ridden south through Central and South America. After the adventures of Central and South America, the ride north was a bit tame. Maybe even anticlimatic.
But let's not overlook the beauty of Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska. The roads were great, the mountains, lakes and rivers were grandiose and the wild animals were everywhere. And the people! As good and great as the folks that I met in South and Central America. Almost as great as my friends here in Riviera, Texas! And new friends, people like Ron Clark, Gary and the entire Airhead Group and Bruce and Erma Hoffman. And seeing old friends, Brad Rogers, Paula Sanbakken, Kyle and Bonita Thomas, Teri and Dave Blauer and Tom and Karen Johns (all who fed and gave me lodging)! Truly a great adventure!
What next? I have a few short rides planned, maybe to Ruidosa in September, down into Mexico in a few days, into Arkansas in October....and soon I have to take some time to go back to Guatemala to really study Spanish. A longer ride? I am pondering. Last week my buddy from Ushuaia and Buenos Aires, Mathias Schmid, wrote suggesting I meet him in Africa and spend time riding that great continent. I would love to but it is not in the cards for me. Mathias will make it a multiyear ride and I simply cannot devote the time to it. Kyle Thomas suggested that he and I ride the perimeter of Australia next year. That is doable. And I even speak the language, with a bit of an accent. So if Kyle is game, I am too!