January 25th-28th, 2011
Total Distance for today: 0miles
Total Distance for Tour: approx. 828 miles
LOCATION: Greenville, SC
STATUS: I’ve been waiting for some new brakes that I had air-shipped to Greenville before I can move on. It would be suicide to skate in this hill country without them. They just arrived today, so I will finally be able to move on to Anderson, SC tomorrow. I’ve enjoyed my time with my Couchsurfing host and her friends. They have been both gracious and a great time to hangout with. I might just need to add a little dot for Greenville on the journey map. In honor of my new friends, of course.
Be Careful when in Limbo
On the road, I find myself feeling a lot of things: elation, a sense of true freedom, exhaustion, stress, and danger. When you’re on the road, often times, you can only think about your next rest point. You look forward to spending a couple days or even a few hours in one place. Strangely, it is the rest days, when I’m in limbo, that this tour can be the most difficult.
When you’re out moving, doing, and becoming, you don’t have time to over-analyze your situation. You just do. There’s something about these rest days that is somewhat unnerving. It’s almost like you’re afraid you’ll be tempted to like the semblance of normal life a little too much and never start back up.
If you’re on the way somewhere, physically or metaphorically, be careful about spending too much time at rest – in limbo. Your mind can play tricks on you. Keep your perspective. Most importantly: keep moving forward.