Yes! It is true that my partner for so many years is leaving me. He has been saving up vacation time and is just going to hop on his bicycle and depart mid- August.
He and 3 other cycling enthusiasts have been training for quite some time to begin at the Canadian border and zigzag through the Cascade Mountain passes until they reach Mexico. They will be carrying all their gear and stop every few days for supplies and fresh food.
They did part of this trip over a ten day period a couple of years ago and they did a trip down the coastal route before also – those trips were about 10 to 15 days long. 2 of the cyclists have taken several months to go from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean the northern route and then repeated this trip for the southern route; they are retired.
This trip will be 2200 miles long and will take approximately 5 weeks. My husband will need to ship his bike home at the end and will probably take the train back himself.
Trusty bicycle is getting a new chain and 2 spare Armadillo tires as I write.
I am very busy working at putting some weight on his body and gathering up packets of nut butters and powdered protein drinks that he can just tuck into his panniers. The panniers are new and were given to him by his children for Father’s Day and his Birthday. They are waterproof and lightweight and sturdy, he will not need to wrap everything in plastic bags and hope for the best.
We are going to spend our anniversary with his brother and sister in law at the beach, I am flying to a family wedding in Montana for next weekend and then I am taking care of home sweet home and sweet ZIP.
One of my book groups is coming here for my birthday, because I don’t want to be alone that day and I want to have some truly magnificent conversation.
I have a huge stack of books to read and I have been following Sam Juliano at Wonders in the Dark to put together my own DVD film festival with about 6 Meryl Streep films tucked in too.
Each week that he is gone, I am planning to devise an Adventure to promote an out of house experience, because I just know there is enough work here to keep 2 people working full time.
End of September he will return – hopefully refreshed and ready to get back to his sustainable Green architecture projects and healing the earth – work he just loves to do.
What would you do if you have 5 weeks on your own? What adventures would you undertake to refresh and renew your spirit?
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