With seven months before I leave Australia on my adventure, there is plenty of time for me to change my mind about what exactly that adventure will be. It started with cycling from Patagonia towards Alaska. But then I went to Africa and fell in love with that continent and the idea of overlanding there on a motorbike. But I keep finding limits to that approach (for example, all the hikes I want to do in Namibia are closed from October – February) and I keep finding other really cool things I’d like to do (for example, hiking in Patagonia, taking a camel trek in Tunisia or spending Christmas with my grandmother in Holland).
So I’m taking a new approach. I’ve bought a world map from a school stationary supplier. The back of the map has larger extracts of Europe, Asia and the US. I’m going to take some time to read guide books and “best treks / adventures / bike rides” in the world books and mark up the map. I am sure that a pattern will emerge that will help me to decide what exactly I’ll do next year (or at least where I’ll start my adventure). So far I’ve been focusing my reading on southern Africa but I am now expanding to Scandanavia and Patagonia. After that I’ll just work my way around the world courtesy of my local public library.
Half the fun of an adventure is the planning. And, besides, it’s a good distraction from the stress of selling a house and ending a long-term relationship. Though it’s not that compatible with my need to study for university – haha. All I know is that the next couple of years are going to be epic. Next month I can start exploring more of Australia by bicycle, foot and motorbike during the weekends, and then from November I’ll be someplace new.