Tuesday, September 14, 2010

T Minus 5 days or so... unplanned, unprepared and undecided

Such an odd summer this year, nothing went as I planned it.  I really hate to plan anything, because experience dictates that any plan I've ever made, has failed.  In Scouts they teach you the motto "Be Prepared" and I've always lived this way.

Well, for this trip, I have not planned, nor am I prepared.  I guess it's time to fly out on a wing and a prayer, but I'm all out of prayers.

I've prepped the bike with minimal preparation.  Besides the hard cases, crash bars, etc, the only real additions I have put on the bike is the GPS, a Stebel air horn and some stickers. Damn flag stickers on the back don't want to stick to anything.  Serves me right for buying it at the dollar store.

I've been dragging my feet getting ready for this.  I think some of it may be due to the fact that I really don't want to leave Ottawa and my comfort zone.  Some of it may be due to wanting to stay here with friends and family, and enjoy what time I have with them. What I do know is that I am not afraid of the unknown.

More bike porn:

Almost ready to hit the road.  Bald tires, old oil and dirty.  Just the way I like it.

I'm not too fond of the tank bag I put on the bike.  seems the straps are too short or something.  I'll ride with it like this for a bit, and maybe change it around while on the road.

This is what people will see when following me.

I am looking forward to meet people along the way,  so if you're reading this and you wouldn't mind me popping in for a beer or coffee, send me an email or something and let me know.  It's not the scenery that make a trip like this worthwhile, but the different people and situations along the way.

I almost had a panic attack last night trying to find all my tools that I will  be bringing,  knowing I'm missing some tools, and not knowing what I have to bring.  Then I thought... who cares?  This is an adventure bike.  I'm out here to have an adventure.  What better way to thrust yourself into adventure? 

One definition of adventure is: "An adventure is an activity that is perceived to involve risk, danger or exciting experiences."

By not bringing all the gear, I introduce a slight risk.  By being undecided on where exactly I will be in the next 6 week, I usher in excitement.  Danger is ever present when riding alone... across country... on a bike.

I've thought out all the possible scenarios in my head, from bad to worse.  From a broken bike, to death... I've thought it mostly through.

Whatever happens, happens and I'm OK with that.

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