a sense of excitement
Nerves, anxiousness, peace, excitement.... I am stoked about returning to the wilds of AK. A place that 4 years ago single hand idly changed my life. No delusions that it will be the same or as profound as before, but still.. The promise of peacefulness, the essence of my travel, brings a warmth to my inner being. The ability to silence the voices and commune with that which I treasure so much, Mother Earth. The silence of morning coffee or the silence of the trail. Wheels spinning, paddle strokes gliding, feet treading -- it does not matter how I travel, but in the simple act of propelling myself forward I find much peace. The world is clearer to me; everything makes sense to me; my self doubts and my constant 'what ifs' and 'what nots' all fade away as quickly as the path that lay behind my two tires. My thoughts and needs become simple, and basic. Food, shelter, rest, movement -- those are the movements of the day. The sun rises and I wake, it sets and I sleep. The power of this simplistic daily ritual through time can not be comprehended until you allow yourself to be immersed in the act of human powered travel. I stood in the shower, one of my last for quite a while; hot water streaming over my head and down my back. I closed my eyes and felt the warmth of the water and the sense of peace as it wrapped itself around my body. A smile crossed my face as I got a brief glimpse of the days ahead.