Cycling 12,000 miles from Lisbon to Shanghai
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Conclusion…

After spending a whirlwind few months settling back into normal life here in Sydney, we haven’t had much time to reflect on our trip… The fact that we didn’t manage to complete our route haunts me occasionally, as I plague myself with the classic “what if” questions. The self-inflicted guilt trip rapidly vanishes when I air it out with G, who reminds me of all the reasons we decided to quit. There is no shame in being sensible. There’s no fanfare, drama or excitement either in our ignominious end, but every now and then, I think of all the amazing things we’ve seen and the people we met – and realise that, completed or not, it was all worth it.

For those interested, we did manage to get our bikes and luggage back. After two weeks spent on the phone with various staff from China Southern, we finally managed to negotiate the excess baggage fee to a much more palatable rate. So you see, persistence wins!

So with noses firmly back to the grindstone, the pros of having a static home certainly outweighs the cons. Its nice to wake up in our own bed every morning, to cook properly, not have to handwash all my clothes, have an intelligible conversation with another person… the list rattles on. No doubt there will be more adventures in the future, but in the meantime, happy to stay put for a while.

May 17, 2010   Comments Off