Preparation and Countdown…

I have exactly a month from getting my leave of absence approved to the planned departure date. It’s been the most stressful month of my life and it’s my own fault for all of this self induced stress overload. Below is a broad checklist of items that I had to take care of prior to taking off:

  • Rent out my house
  • Move all of my personal stuff into storage
  • Sell my car or put it in storage
  • Purchase a ton of new equipment and learn how to use them
  • Perform maintenance on my bike
  • Meet up with family & friends one last time

I’ve been going through all sorts of emotions as of late. I’m excited as I’m making a long time dream coming true; I’m frazzled from the never ending list of to-do’s within the tight time frame; I’m also nervous about the potential risks up ahead. What if I get robbed/kidnapped? What if I have an accident? What if my bike breaks down in the middle of nowhere? People have asked me many more what-if’s and I really don’t have any answers for the most of them. But I think that’s the allure of this adventure. Everyday will be different and full of unanticipated events. I will just have to deal with them when the time comes. Don’t let the fear of what could happen make nothing happen.

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