UK 2014: weather, weather and some changes in priorities…
Things didn’t go as planned.
There are many reasons for that. Hurricane Bertha hit just as we were heading towards our start point – bringing flooding and destruction to our route that would have rendered it ‘epic’ even without a child in tow. We also all got a particularly vicious viral bug that meant Bryn wasn’t really on for situations that pushed him (not to mention us).
Derailing our adventure with all it’s bicycle-based travel was the right thing to do. But we’d been so looking forward to putting pedal-travel gloriously back in it’s place as our main identity for two brief weeks that being sensible wasn’t at all easy.
It seems obvious that we were going to run into something that we just couldn’t do as Bryn got older. Others had warned us that ‘things got harder’, but we’d had so much success being bicycle-based with him that it took this trip to bring some important lessons home.
In many ways we’re still working out how not to be travelling by bicycle, despite us now having been back from our Americas trip longer than we were on it. We’ve fudged, by hoping that our all too brief weeks away would slake the thirst and scratch the itch sufficiently until another time comes. Even now, part of both of us is wondering how long it will be before we can set off again without a booked return. Maybe that will give some idea of our need in the face of the even greater adventure that is Bryn.
It’s some measure of our ever increasing joy in him that trying to learn the lessons he is teaching us is worth it. We just have to modify, adapt and take pleasure in different things – possibly not too different. We’ll have to see…
August in the UK turned our ideas upside-down, but also pushed us towards better priorities and a more relaxed road. All to the good I reckon :-)