Scott and I have been researching touring bikes for some time now. Well, I’ll be honest, Scott has been researching touring bikes. I’m just not that concerned with the type of bike I will ultimately ride.
I rode a 10-year-old bike across the country that I bought for $200 out of someone’s garage. It was fine.
When I dream about our trip, I look at maps. I’m obsessed with maps; state maps, country maps, world maps, google maps. I pick a random spot and I google it. I’m less concerned with gear, components, wheels and racks. I dream in maps, Scott dreams in gear. Together we have an idea of where we’d like to go and the stuff that we need to get there. At any rate, I thought we were still in the dreaming phase of our travel plans.
So I was caught
a totally off guard when Scott calls me in the middle of the workday to tell me he found a deal on two touring bikes and he needs to know if I want a black one or a blue one. Perhaps if I had put more than 5 seconds of thought into my response I would have said something along the lines of “Don’t you think it’s a little premature to purchase bikes for a trip that doesn’t even have a departure date?”. But instead I said “black”, probably reasoning that it will look nice regardless of the color of my bags. little
That’s probably why after I hung up the phone, knowing the order was submitted, I sat back and in the privacy of my office, had a moment of panic. I realized the decision to purchase the bikes was not just about the bikes. It represented a commitment to the journey.
We were no longer just dreaming about this adventure.
At that moment we had officially taken our first steps toward that goal. We have been talking about this dream since I can remember but it has only recently taken shape into something realistic. We have taken measures to put money aside for a potential departure from the workforce, but that money could just as easily be used for something else – a new house, car, vacation, kids, retirement, etc. These bikes serve one purpose – to find the ends of the Earth.
I guess we’re on our way…