Today we’re celebrating 365 days of being on the road!
We’d like to send out A Big Thank You to all the wonderful people who have supported us along the way!
Three (of many) valuable lessons we’ve learned over the past year:
Don’t believe everything you hear or let media-driven agendas feed your fears.
We’ll admit we were nervous coming in to Mexico because of all the media attention over the very real problem of narco-related violence but soon after we cycled over the border we realized the media was not representing Mexico accurately. We’ve been blown away by the peaceful nature of this country and we have not once felt threatened. The people who live here are amazing, kind and generous beyond our expectations.
You don’t need much in the way of material possessions to survive and be happy.
In fact, the more time that passes (and the more passes we climb) we realize we could live with even less than what we currently carry in our panniers. What we thought of as “necessary” items when we left a year ago are now considered “luxury” items.
Relationship dynamics intensify on a long-distance cycle tour.
This is true for your relationship with yourself, with other people and with nature. Cycle touring strips the nonessential away and, without distractions, previously unresolved problems, issues or connections take center-stage. Our relationship has been challenged in ways we never expected and, as a result, we’re learning how to be more patient, empathetic, compassionate and communicative. We’re also realizing our individual potential, accepting how strong we can be and questioning previous assumptions about ourselves and other people. Our relationship with the natural world has been renewed. No matter how emotionally difficult it all is, we’re on the way to forming stronger relationships with each other and the world around us and that’s pretty spectacular.
These lessons, and the many more we’ve not mentioned here, are what we were searching for when we started on this ‘pilgrimage’ a year ago. It feels like we’re just beginning to live our lives with more intention, even though we’ve been working on it for years now. There is so much more for us to learn. We hope you’ll continue to join us as we pedal off in to the next year!