I dreamt up this awesome adventure after a break-up that did a surprise, full-on, Bruce Lee style kung-fu body slam to my psyche. After reeling from the hit, I decided to use the momentum and energy of the strike to my own advantage.
I asked myself what I would do if I could do anything. Naturally, the voice inside my head answered, “Ride your bicycle 5,000 miles through South America, blog about the experience, document as you go, write always and often and meet amazing people along the way who have opted out of the ordinary.”
I am a (53 yr old) women with average athletic ability, fear of all things electronic, no bike maintenance skills to speak of, zero video experience, and little campsite cooking ability. Nevertheless, what I lack in real-world talent, I make up for in resourcefulness, resilience, creativity, persistence, and a belief in my vision. To be fair, I do have loads of travel experience, I speak Spanish, and I feel completely at home in Latin America, but I would be equally happy on a continent where I don’t have those advantages.
Along with the belief that I can pull this off, I also believe in the kindness of strangers to help me out along the way, an abundance of all things good, and a sense of compassion and empathy for myself, humanity, and the environment. These beliefs will fuel my ride and accompany me on my journey. I decided to imagine the big picture–starting off in La Paz and ending in Ushuaia–instead of fixating on the myriad of things that could, and just might, go wrong in between. I am taking the proverbial “Leap of Faith.” This strategy allows me to pedal forward with promise and possibility!
I am learning to be brave and dare greatly.
I am on a journey of self-discovery and reflection.
I pedal; therefore, I am.