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Old 07-29-08, 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Newspaperguy View Post
When the trip is no longer fun, it's time to either change plans or quit.

A few years ago, on a one-week tour, my goal was to cycle to Ainsworth Hot Springs and Kaslo, B.C. When I arrived in Nelson, I felt an incredible sense of sadness and I knew it would get worse the farther I went. I have a lot of good memories of vacationing in that area with my wife. This was the first time after her death two years earlier that I had gone back there.

I turned around and rode back to Castlegar where I spent the night. The next day, as I began the ride home, I followed an abandoned railway bed through some of the most incredible scenery I have ever seen. Later, I followed the highways and stopped for rests and breaks in places I hadn't really noticed before.

When I arrived home, I felt good. I hadn't completed my original route, but I no longer had to do that. Touring by bicycle had now become much more important than simply arriving at a destination.
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