Saturday, 22 March 2014

See you on the road

Tomorrow is the day and for once I am a little lost for words. The last few days have been surreal! Of course they have. I am about to attempt to ride an overloaded top heavy 250cc motorbike around the world on my own. Not only that, I am going to try and sail it to Antarctica in 10 months time across rough seas on a small yacht! I don't even like being on the sea! In fact I get sea sick! Wont it be worth it though? What sights await me?

Yesterday I was interviewed live on Ozzie breakfast television, last week I was in the Sunday Times! Yes of course it's surreal! What did I expect? Actually I expected far worse nerves than I am feeling but it's not over yet!


I have the Ace Cafe send off and the accompanied ride out to deal with before I actually get out on the open road and have some time to myself to really think about it all. Then perhaps the reality will REALLY kick in! Who knows! That's the point. All the plans may go out of the window once I get out there on my own. I could come back after 3 months, I could come back after 3 years! I may end up staying in Thailand and living out my days sunning myself in Shark Bay. I may as well not have had a plan at all really. However, I like to have a mission and this particular mission is my ultimate goal. Why not aim high? Give me one good reason why I shouldn't? Rhonda the Honda and I will deal with the changes as they present themselves! We will adapt! We will role with the punches.  Discovery, excitement, change. That is the recipe to feeling alive for me.

I really appreciate all of your emails and messages of support. I have tried to reply to all of you who have taken the time to wish me luck and offer me advice. Apologies if I missed anyone. Now that phase one is complete and phase two starts tomorrow, it will become harder to communicate on a regular basis. This part is about riding my bike! However, please do contact me if you have any messages or offers of places to stay on my route etc. This journey is powered by the kindness of strangers and without your support I would not be in with a chance. It may just take longer to get back to you. I will aim to update my sites at least once a week.

Scared? Yes!
Regrets? No!
Having a Chinese and a large bottle of wine tonight? Definitely!

Thank you all so much. See you on the road!

Regards

Steph and Rhonda!



22 comments:

  1. Saw you in the Sunday Times. Good luck!

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  2. PS. why are you skipping one of the most beautiful (and hospitable) countries, which is totally on your way - New Zealand?

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  3. Once again Good Luck! Take lots of pics or you'll never remember it all!

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  4. Steph, I wish you all the very best for your trip, wherever it may take you. Last year, I had two weeks touring around Poland, wild camping in forests (nothing compared to your upcoming trip). I had such a great time, so much so, I intend to go even further next trip; so your coming journey should eclipse mine by miles (about 69,000?).
    You're an amazing woman, ride safe, and enjoy :-)

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  5. Enjoy yourself wish you all the best all the way from sunny Kandahar Afghanistan I will be following what you are up to. Afghan Andy !!!!

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    1. Wohoooo! Get in! Made it to Afghanistan! Cheers Andy. xxx

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  6. We are all behind you .... you don't choose a life Steph, you live one. Go get 'em.

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  7. Well, I and may others will be watching, and envying, you all the way! Best of luck. Eddy

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  8. Thanks guys. Matt I have not ruled out NZ. I would love to go but I only have so much money (and that is really not enough) and only so much time so NZ may have to wait for another trip. However, there is still a chance depending on how things look when I get that far. Fingers crossed! xxx

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  9. Hope you have a great adventure. But remember the adventure is the parts that don't go to plan.

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  10. Hi Steph,
    Sorry link should be http://blogs.statravel.co.uk/sundance
    Have an incredible amazing adventure
    Mark

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  11. I hope you have loads of fun Steph - I'll be one of many keeping an eye on your blog - Shame I don't live somewhere remote and on your route - you would have had a useful stopping place.

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  12. Best of luck for what sounds like an amazing trip. Look forward to following you round the world via your blog :-)

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  13. Good luck Steph. I'll be following you all the way. Enjoy the journey and most of all the people you meet. Andy

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  14. I think you are either incredibly brave or perhaps barking mad, but I wish you masses of luck and I'll be keeping an eye on this page. Have a great time.
    Carole

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  15. Best of luck with the trip .... just wish it was me!

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  16. Best of luck! Visit us in Washington state when you get to the USA.

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  17. All the best Steph, was great to see you at the Ace Cafe today, will be watching the blog with interest.

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  18. Good on you!! Shall follow your progress closely! Look forward to welcoming you in Mumbai!!

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  19. Cool will be watching your progress as well good luck.

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  20. Good luck on your trip Steph. If you find yourself in Las Vegas, you have a home here. I just sold my CRF250L, not enough time to ride enough to get good in the dirt. :-( It did go to a good home where it will get plenty of riding. :-)

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