I was watching Death in Paradise last night and found myself thinking “I bet he’s Welsh”- the main actor guy, Ben Miller – as lately I’ve noticed that many sort-of everyday-handsome men are Welsh. (As opposed to Hollywood-handsome, model-handsome.) And sure enough, his mother is Welsh. I’m definitely going to include Wales in my Big Ride.
I’ve been thinking that I may start my Big Ride in Italy and that if I have the money I could start with a week-long language course. It depends on when I get started and if it’s in time for the Giro d’Italia, where the better weather is, etc. This year the Giro is 9 May to 1 June.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. (Helen Keller as quoted in Two Wheels) I’ve finished reading Travelling Two’s free short guide and begun reading their whole book. I don’t think I’ll need a lot of new gear: I would like different handlebars, maybe, but I’ll think about that some more. If I decide to switch once I’m on the road I won’t be able to …
Thinking about taking this trip is a good reason to just not buy stuff. I’m a little intimidated by the need to get rid of, or store, all the stuff I do have. I need to allow the pleasure of the passion for the idea of the trip to bubble along beneath the surface but not permit it to take over my days.
Last night I told Sam I was thinking of taking a gap year and going for a long bicycle ride by myself. He thought it sounded scary but amazing.
In so far as I have made resolutions for 2014 they are: 1. I will be honest with myself and others 2. I will strive to make my present fulfilling and enriching 3. I will flourish