Welcome to 2017, friends. I hope that your holiday season was fun, that you had some time off of work, ate, drank and enjoyed your loved ones. Add to that the hope that you’ve come in to this new year filled with excitement about all of the possibilities before you.
If you’re an Instagrammer, it’s old news to you but I closed out the end of 2016 with a solo riding trip through the California desert. I spent 8 days in general solitude with a rented Triumph Tiger 800 XCX. The trip was an impulse decision made at my work desk two weeks prior to taking off. I had remaining vacation time that couldn’t roll over so I figured… why not? Why not, indeed.
In the wee hours of the morning of December 27, I left my house for the west coast. With little more than a few “nice to haves” scribbled on a piece of paper, I decided to take on my trip a day at a time.
As with any of my solo trips, so too with this one I burned through feelings of guilt, wonder, empowerment, loneliness and amazement. I’ve come home changed. Better, maybe than when I left. That was my Christmas gift to myself – change, understanding and forgiveness.
With the snow flying now, over the next few weeks I’ll be posting about my trip. Hope you don’t get sick of me 🙂