BIG Birthday, No Bash !!
Since the day we started out on our epic ride, the Big Fella and I have marked our journey by the numbers…
We figured it would be easier to say things such as “103 countries”, or “6 Continents” or even “5 Oceans”, than to actually list them !!
Like many people I know, I have taken note each time the vehicle I was driving or riding clicked over another 10 000 km. It somehow signifies the “age” of a vehicle, and “age” is obviously linked to birthdays, so each time one of my vehicles reached another 10 000 kms on the odometer, it had a “birthday”…
The amazing machine I have had the good fortune to be riding around the world, today celebrated his 20th such birthday… It is his 17th since we left home on our World Tour, and during this time, I have celebrated four of my own. (Mine being marked in years, mind you, and not tens of thousands of kilometres !)
Barely 100 kms after the Big Fella’s last “birthday”, we collided with a pick-up truck in Idabel, Oklahoma… That was seven weeks ago…
As we reached the Nova Scotia border with New Brunswick, my ever reliable companion celebrated another big day, and thankfully, this time there was no “bash” to go with it…
Although we did come close to running into a Black Bear on the Cabot Trail, earlier this morning !! And that would have been a “bash” to remember !!
When I left home more than three years ago, I remember somebody asking how many kilometres I thought I would have to do to complete my ride. I had already made an estimation, so I was ready with my answer…
“About 160 000 km…”, I had replied as nonchalantly as I could.
A low whistle had greeted my response, and I think there might also have been a, “You’ve got to be joking !!”, thrown in for good measure…
Today, we exceeded that prediction, and still have another 5 000 km or so to go before we are done !!
As I sit here in my pokey motel room in Muncton, New Brunswick, I am going through the Big Fella’s many other “birthdays” and the places we were when they took place.
For the record, here is a list of those places:
Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa. March 2nd 2010 – 40 000 km
Lilongwe, Malawi. April 9th 2010 – 50 000 km
Dongola, Sudan. June 15th 2010 – 60 000 km
Anould, Belgium. July 31st 2010 – 70 000 km
Tabor, Czech Republic. September 9th 2010 – 80 000 km
Limassol, Cyprus. November 22nd 2010 – 90 000 km
Luang Prabang, Laos. March 14th 2011 – 100 000 km
Noonamah, Northern Territory, Australia. September 11th 2011 – 110 000 km
Triabunna, Tasmania, Australia. October 18th 2011 – 120 000 km
Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia. December 14th 2011 – 130 000 km
Barra do Ribeiro, Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil. February 27th 2012 – 140 000 km
Canon del Pato, Peru. April 14th 2012 – 150 000 km (We both had a birthday on this day !!)
Ocotlan, Guadalajara Province, Mexico. June 8th 2012 – 160 000 km
Junction 37, Yukon Territory, Canada. July 19th 2012 – 170 000 km
Norris, Montana, USA. August 11th 2012 – 180 000 km
Perry, Florida Panhandle, USA. June 20th 2013 – 190 000 km
Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. August 11th 2013 – 200 000 km
It won’t be long now before the Big Fella and I will ride the trails of our home country again. And hopefully celebrate many more birthdays together…
Madawaska, Canadian/USA border.