And so I cried.

February 13, 2019
I stood at the check in counter and cried.  One final time in this epic journey, I let all the frustration come rolling down my cheeks. Despite doing all I could to ensure I would not have excess luggage charges; booking an extra piece of luggage, checking the airline t...
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The Mud Fiasco.

December 22, 2018
Perhaps the bamboo bar across the road, manned by the gentleman who told us not to go that way, who tried to indicate that the mud would be up to our knees, perhaps that should have been enough of a warning. Or the next man, who drew Chinese symbols in the dirt and shook his...
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The March of Progress.

December 1, 2018
The hills rise steeply on either side, towering over me, layer upon layer in the distance, the remnants of last weeks snow still clinging to the northern faces. Despite their steep sides and apparent inaccessibility the hillsides are marked by ridges, terraces cut ...
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Diabolical Little Ducks.

November 12, 2018
I quite like having my ducks in a row.  A few years back I had life, in my view, quite neatly organized. I had a very good job, I travelled internationally for work, I had a clear career path, I was fit, healthy, driven & focused. I was on track. I'm not quite...
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I should know this by now.

November 5, 2018
I awaken early, while the darkness of night still hovers, spying a lone star through the cracked and dirty window of the abandoned roadhouse we have opted to call home for the night. I sigh. Clearly, it is not yet dawn. My body is starting to develop a few aches, reminding m...
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Teenage Dreams.

October 27, 2018
I haven't eaten this many two-minute noodles since I was a teenager, when I used to catch the bus home from school with Clare Manners and we would scoff them before dance class. Normally I am a fairly conscientious eater. Not in the finickity or rest...
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My Own Two Feet.

October 21, 2018
What is it about our culture that values the standing-on-your-own-two-feet so much? I have worked hard over the years to master the skills I need to navigate my way through life. To ensure I can tackle whatever comes my way and well, s...
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All part of it.

October 16, 2018
I have just set up my bed for the evening. On this particular occasion this happens to be on the dusty floor of a room attachedto the shop of a 24-hr highway road stop. The room appears to at some point ha...
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And so it begins...

October 11, 2018
I am hunched over in an awkward crouch. If I stand I will smack my head on a concrete ceiling that is dotted with spider nests. This culvert underneath the local highway provides us with shelter for the night ahead but is somewhat more cramped than previous editions. An adde...
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Gremlins and Bridges

August 22, 2018
Take an optimistic dreamer with a warped sense of adventure and a deep streak of stubborn determination, stir in a little social conscientiousness, combine it with opportunity, and suddenly it becomes borderline normal to think that riding a bicycle across one of the largest...
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