But on Aug. 26, 2017, 23 months and ten days after starting, Dave and I completed our trip around the world. We had ridden 58,248 miles through 40 countries and had many fantastic memories along the way, like a trip to Ecuador’s Galapagos islands, reaching the world’s northern and southern-most points by road, riding across the world’s largest country, standing under the giant towers of Patagonia, riding the Arizona, Utah, Washington and Idaho BDRs (Backcountry Discovery Routes), watching penguins, lions, zebras, rhinos, elephants, camels, grizzlies, caribou and giraffes all in their natural habitat, eating fresh crab out of a bathtub in a Russian scrap yard, and, perhaps the most impacting of all, getting engaged on the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.
The adventure gave us plenty of challenges along the way and some were almost debilitating. We struggled with personality quirks, invasion of privacy, language barriers and a terrible diet.
But despite the many things that could have stopped us, we rode on and suddenly the trip was over and we were back to Real Life so quickly.
I hope whenever the feeling of mundane comes around, we can look back, no matter how long it’s been, and recall the great memories and experiences this trip gifted us with.
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