Touring and life-changing epiphanies, approaches, meetings, ideas....
At the end of a long journey from Prudhoe Bay to Tierra del Fuego, while he was riding the final few miles, someone said that he was expecting at any moment that some great insight would occur -- that something would be revealed to him, or 'the key to some abstruse mystery' would appear.
He and his wife couldn't explain why they were taking this long trip, and taking so much time away from their work and their established lives.
There may have been an undercurrent, or an intuitive, not entirely conscious element in the trip -- deeply looking or searching for something . . . , feeling some dissatisfaction with life as it is usually lived, and looking to find or come across something else.
A French woman uprooted her life, feeling a very strong intuition that something had to change. She wrote a book called My Ride to a New Life. In it she describes looking for some new idea, or a new way of life, or a new approach to living.
And perhaps, in her case at least, a mate along with it.
Some people have at the backs of their minds the possibility of new insights or realizations, and new levels of clarity, and new energy of living. Bike touring is part of this, for some people.
Maybe it is better left on an intuitive level, not overly burdened with (or taken over by) analysis, words and ideas. On the other hand, maybe the road can be opened up even more by looking into this sort of material.
[For example, I wonder if it might be possible to explore these sorts of intuitions more, give them more room to breathe and function, and give them more freedom and autonomy. Some of us feel them at times, but don't quite validate their existence and way of being -- we seem trained to go with other tendencies, directives and ideas.]
Last edited by Niles H.; 09-28-07 at 03:02 PM.