What can I say, the list of complications was too long, the pain, unrelenting, I knew the only way to stop it all was to stop and rest and relax....
Now to get home....
I saw other riders at breakfast that next morning. The Lorax, Rick Ashton, some riders I had not seen since I passed them on the top of Richmond Peak, I said bye to all of them. Some were sad to hear about me dropping out, but I was making the decision that had to be made.
Sometimes, decisions get made for you. Whether you like it or not, you swallow the bitter reality and move on and plan your next challenge and make your next move.
My options for leaving Lima was taking a bus to Salt Lake city Utah and then hopping a plane. I considered just riding there, but didn't.
Then my brother Edwin was on his way to Yellowstone National Park and he volunteered to pick me up. I got the room for another day and then spent the next week, riding with my brother. We did the tourist thing in Yellowstone, then did the tourist thing in South Dakota, then did the tourist road trip across the United States. He left me off in Tennessee where I met up with my Brother Eric, who needed a van driven back down to Florida, so that ended up being my last leg of the trip, a long drive home.
It was an epic 22 days away from home, 2 countries, 10 states and several thousand miles of planes, trains, automobiles, hikes and of course Bikes!!!
|counting more coup|
|my campsite with my brother at Yellowstone|
|falls at Yellowstone|
|yellow stone is full of bears, I was very fortunate to see lots of wild life on my 22 day voyage|
|that's right Buffalo's the size of a Prius|
|my brother Edwin is no joke, WE WENT TO EVERY SINGLE HOT HOLE IN YELLOWSTONE, beautiful in person|
|This duck was at the camp in South Dakota, he behaved like a dog and you could pet him. I am not making this stuff up.|
|I wanted to capture even the smallest things when I was traveling, a macro up close shot of Mr. Bee|
|My home in South Dakota for a few days. Even though my trip ended, my need for sleep gear did not.|
|Yellowstone is a live volcano, a huge diverse expanse of raw earth power|
|Biggest single stone I have ever seen|
Thanks for reading!!!
ON to the next thing!