The Journey Begins Again on April 1st
After spending 174 days in Austin I will be getting back on my bicycle to continue my journey to Los Angeles. I am looking forward to the drier air of the South West and the beautiful red, orange and yellows of the dessert landscape. Of course I am also very much looking forward to all of the people I am going to meet along the way.
I’ve been checking through my gear and the household items I bought in Austin to figure out what to bring along, what to give away and what to send forward for the end of my trip. I’m always surprised at how easy it is to accumulate stuff, but also thankful that I don’t really care all that much about getting rid of it again. I view purchases as rentals.
My twenty week stint at Megalomedia has allowed me to refill my bank account and I was also able to fulfill the remaining financial obligations from my divorce settlement. I can now happily say that everything related to my past marriage is done with.
I’m also out of the long emotional shadow that my failed marriage has cast over me. I may think of it occasionally, but the visceral feelings of loss and failure are gone.
I will be following the Adventure Cycling Association Southern Tier Route from Austin to San Diego with some side trips along the way. Right now I am looking at Big Bend National Park in the SW corner of Texas on the Rio Grande River. It is both beautiful, very dry and with lots of elevation gain.