Well we have now been in Alexandra Headland/Mooloolaba for the past week transitioning back to the Western lifestyle. Later this week we will be packing up, putting the bikes on the plane as this amazing 4 1/2 month adventure comes to an end………..or does it have to…………..?
We look back on the crazy 2700km journey through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam with a huge sense of achievement and a reminder that our lives don’t need to get caught up in the rat race and ever demanding expectations of society. We can’t pin point actual highlights as it has all been amazing. The freedom of riding with no idea where we would be sleeping each night, the welcome sign of 7/11 stores in Thailand where we knew we could get a cold drink, a toasty, and a toilet stop. Our friend Leo always greeting us at the end of every tough day in the heat and the thrill of finding a place to stay each night. Despite the oh so tasty Asian cuisine we did manage to lose 12kg between us, which is steadily going back on during out time in Oz thanks to kiwi Sav, and indulging in all the foods we craved whilst away.
The smiles and waves from the people from remote villages who were so poor financially but so rich in happiness was a stark reminder that money isn’t necessarily what makes you happy.
Now if anyone ever tells you your bum gets used to time in the saddle without cycle shorts they are lying. The not so glamorous side of cycle touring, constantly sore bum, loo stops on the side of the road amongst the prickles, on snake look out and hoping you don’t squat over any UXO’s (bombs). The lack of road rules and ridiculous driving had us see way too many crashes first hand.
So little old Nelson you are going to seem very quiet and cold when we return later this week, but looking forward to seeing you all soon. In the meantime we will be planning the next chapter………