August 20, 2014 | Posted in:Musings
I was reading the latest update from Almost Fearless, a great blog about a nomadic couple traveling with two toddlers. I was disappointed for them to find out they had cut short their bicycle trip across Europe because of some broken gear, but the way Christine ended her post filled me with a great sense of excitement and promise
We lounged in the park in Pula, Croatia while the kids played. After a few days we were looking to move on.
“Where should we go?”
“Um, the Euro Velo 6 picks up in Osijek, we could go there.”
“We don’t have bikes, Christine.”
“Oh wow, it is going to take me a while to remember that.”
“We can go anywhere.”
This summer has been the best travel experience of my life. I learned so much. I got so close to my kids and husband. We became this little cycling team, having the most lovely pedal through Europe. It changed us. We can do anything, absolutely anything.
“Let’s go to Romania.”
This reminded me of exactly why we are doing what we are doing. We can go anywhere. That’s the whole point. Bicycle to South America? Cool, let’s do that. Find someplace great we want to settle for a few months? Great, let’s chill out. Side trip to Whateverthehell Island? Absolutely.
I had been a bit bummed since we made the difficult decision to skip Colorado. We realized it was necessary for both time and money as we would no longer be stressing about a too short visit to my family in Wisconsin, and we would get an earlier start on the west coast leg of our bicycle trip.
Regardless of how pragmatic the decision was, I had been suffering from some serious FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Not only are we missing some great shows and great party, but even worse, we are missing out on seeing a ton of friends we had been looking forward to visiting. This won’t be the last compromise we’ll make on this trip, but I was still feeling a bit down about it until reading that blog post the other morning.
“We can go anywhere.”
Those three lines in Christine’s post this morning have almost completely replaced the bummer I was feeling with the original sense of freedom that initiated this trip. We may not be able to do everything, but we can do anything. We are not taking this trip to do everything, or even anything specific. We are doing it to do whatever it is the road leads us to do. I can picture me and Brandy sitting in that park in Croatia, watching people stroll by on their afternoon walks and saying, ‘hey, let’s go to Romania.’ Those little moments are a huge part of why I travel and now as we are preparing to leave Wisconsin, we are entering into the open road portion of our trip and it feels great!