A short post about our trip home followed by a few photos from the trip ……..
After endless discussions we decided that Seattle was a good place to bring our journey through the Americas to a close. Various options had presented themselves, usually involving a route across the United States and the idea was very tempting as neither of us were 100% sure that we were ready to give up the nomadic life that had come to be the norm for us. In the end the argument that after the previous 8 months, it would be more of a road trip than an adventure for us, swung the decision in favour of going home.
The 42 km ride to take Bertie to the transfer company
from where he would be ‘trucked’ to Los Angeles for shipping home, was a ride of mixed emotions and handing him over and leaving him parked under a carport felt akin to leaving your child in the playground. On the bus ride back to Seattle we were both feeling a bit subdued. Now returning home was real.
Sending the bike back from the USA presented us with a problem of transporting our kit home. All our bike clothes and helmets went in the crate outbound but this time we could only leave our boots in the panniers and as Bertie would be sat outside for 3 days we weren’t happy to leave our
helmets in a bag strapped to the back.
A trip to Walmart saw the purchase of a large suitcase and holdall. The case all neatly packed we discovered the true weight of our bike kit & other kit as Jim could hardly lift the case off the floor. At the airport they refused to take the case at 31kg unless we could get the weight down to 23kg. Why do they sell cases that you can’t fill!!! Suitcase duly repacked in front of the check in desk and we were on our way for what proved to be the most amazing flight heading over northern Canada and Greenland to Iceland. With 24 hour daylight and virtually no cloud the sights from 37000 feet were incredible and made us feel that we were still on our adventure.
We had talked about what it would be like
to be back home and had read that returning from a long journey can leave you feeling out of sync with everyone else for a while. Having ended our journey in the ‘civilisation’ of the USA we had thought that we would slip back into life at home quite easily and have been taken aback at how we have felt.
It has felt strange walking through our small town where everyone’s lives have continued while we have been away and we feel out of step with them. People stop and ask us how our trip has been as if it can be summed up in a few sentences and it has surprised us as to how reluctant we have sometimes felt to talk about it. It has felt like we are camping out at home and we should be moving on. Already we can’t help discussing where we will go next and when. While we were away we were asked if the journey has changed us and at the time we couldn’t decide whether we thought it had, and answered that maybe others would be a better judge when we arrived home. Now we are home we acknowledge that it has changed us. Certainly in as much that we appreciate how fortunate we are to live where we do, in a country where we have such complete freedom. It has also made us aware of the fast pace of life in our own country and the rush everyone seems to be in, the materialism, of which we are still culprits but hopefully to a lesser degree and hopefully we have learned to be content with the simpler things in our lives.
The world is a smaller place with technology to keep us all in touch and a few days ago we had a happy skype reunion with Max and Miriam who have safely arrived back in Italy. Watching the Argentinian episode of Top Gear on tv turned our thoughts back to Patagonia as we watched eagerly as they drove to places and on the roads and tracks we had ridden, as they stood in awe at the vistas we had also stood in awe of a few short months ago. Both these events had us yearning to be back on the road.
To date, Bertie is still in Los Angeles and we don’t know when we will be getting him back. What we do know is that when we do it will be a
joyous reunion with our trusty moto who carried the two of us almost 42,000 km without a hiccup, returning us home in one piece.
Now, where is that world map……..
Whilst Jim may do a review of some of the kit we used, this is the final trip blog of this adventure and we would like to thank our families & friends who have been so supportive throughout and who never once asked whether at our ages we should be doing this! We hope you enjoy some of our favourite photos below.
…….and finally, we would like to say a very big thank you to all those who have generously donated to Shelterbox. At the time of writing you have raised £1,138.16 for this charity (which will be further increased by Gift Aid). We will be closing our JustGiving page in 7 days time.
Just a few of our photos
From the bottom of the world to the top. Jim, Jenny & Bertie, our 2010 BMW GS Adventure …………..