Time to throw in the towel


“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.”

? Mark Twain

After cycling 1,538 km and two provinces, I have made the decision to put my trip on hold. This decision came when my parents left after visiting for the weekend. This wouldn’t have been a problem in itself, however I realized the harsh reality that this would be the last time I saw a familiar face until I finished. I basically had just grown tired of being alone. Waking up alone, biking all day alone, and then going to bed alone with my only conversation occurring at a grocery store checkout, or while ordering coffee begins to wear thin after a while. By this point I realized that I wasn’t having fun anymore, and that I still had a huge amount of distance and time to cover on spirits as low as mine were.

I had thought that my goal would be enough to carry me through the hard days, but instead I found out that I am more of a social creature than I thought, and that the goal itself wasn’t enough without someone to share it. I also have learned that in the end it takes a strong mind rather than a strong body to take you through an adventure such as this. It is important to commit to a dream and follow it through to its conclusion, however it’s just as important to figure out when enough is enough and anything more is too much.

The memories I have of biking through B.C. and Alberta I will cherish, but before I tackle the next phase of the trip I have decided to find a partner to share it with. And so, this will be my last blog for the Gazette. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me to write these blogs. I certainly don’t want to be like the cat and never sit on my bike again. Stay tuned for part two!


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