December 30 & 31 2013
I’ve had enough airports for awhile. Today was a long haul but the trip home was worth it.
When I first floated the idea of coming home for Christmas the response was so positive that I knew it was the right call. In hindsight it was one of my better decisions of the trip. I admit I was reluctant to bring up the possibility because I didn’t want to break the adventure up. My wife and I already had a great little retreat in Belize and I figured it would be fun to spend the holidays in South America. It turned out that I was missing home more than I thought and seeing my wife, kids, family and friends was a wonderful Christmas gift.
I have managed to resupply a few things too. A set of new tires (I love the smell of new tires….in the morning) came back with me along with rear brake pads and a countershaft oil seal.
I also brought an air box cover screw, a few rubber grommets for my top case, a headlight bulb, and a vinyl patch for my saddle. Included in my supply run are fresh supply of fruit/veggie bars and some Captain Black cigars. In addition I brought some long johns and an extra warm layer back with me. At home I left all my Central America maps, a T-shirt I received from the Stahlratte, and a back up of all my images and video clips.
While I write this I’m waiting for a flight in Lima, looking forward to the next chapter. It begins tonight when I celebrate New Years with new friends and give my bike a great big hug!