The Pacific Ocean must be Huge

Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

It feels like a long while since I’ve blogged. Ah, I guess that’s because I have not blogged in a long time. There is a reason for this though…

…I haven’t ridden the bike for a long time 🙁

Russia, and all that preceeded that long ride, was great. WIthout substantial hinderance, I am now in my 21st country this year and the bike is now on the Pacific ocean. The trouble is that the bike is taking two months (all of August and September) to cross the bloody thing. I knew that I would have to kill some time in Vancouver, but I was prepared for a couple of weeks – not a couple of months.

Those that know me will know that the whole point of this trip was to ride the bike around the world and end up at my dad’s place in New Hampshire (USA). Well, I’ve taken a short cut and I’m spending August and September in New Hampshire now. It feels rather like cheating, as I flew from Vancouver to NH, but I didn’t have the bike and it was way too far to walk.

That said, I’ve been able to get som chores sorted out (I have a clean sleeping bag once more – phew) and get my thoughts together, ready for the next leg.

The bike arrives in Vancouver on the 26th of September 2014 (estimated), so I arrive back in Vancouver on the 25th. I hope it won’t take more than a couple of days to get the bike cleared through customs so I’m hoping to be back on two wheels for the 1st of October – heading south along the west coast of the USA towards Mexico. Fingers crossed.

All that said, I’ve not been sitting still and doing nothing. Oh no. I’ve explored all the bars of Nashua New Hampshire and my dad and I have gone on a mini road trip out to Chicago, down to St Louis and across to West Virgina. Chicago was really cool (see pictures) and mooching our way back up through the Apalachians is fun too.

The above facts aside, I have really missed riding.

I have missed being in near absolue control of each day’s physical and emotional desity.

I have missed the glorious changing sceneries and cultures.

…and I have missed Turkish tea and Russian goulash.

It’s been an easy 5-6 weeks, and it’s been a hard 5-6 weeks.

I don’t know if I’ll update this again before hitting the road – I guess it depends on how the bike-collection and customs paperwork works. I will be sure to update it once I’m back on two wheels though, as down the west coast and through Mexico I’m expecting drug lords and free WiFi to be plentiful!

La vida loco, here I come!

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