An update on our progress over the last few weeks: although my broken wing is healing it’s not 100% yet. I’ll be heading to Halifax, N.S. to visit with my sis for two weeks to allow for more time. So that Dave doesn’t go crazy from boredom he will be reunited with his motorcycle in Sandpoint, ID in a few days where our bikes have been kept safe and sound with our friends Linda and Neil.
I dropped Dave off at the U.S. border where he met up with his dad, Rick. The two will drive to Sandpoint with Rick’s trailer and load my bike. Rick will then trailer my bike to Arizona where he spends the winter. This gets my bike south out of the snow zone for when I’m ready to ride again. I’ll fly from Halifax to Phoenix to meet up with Dave and my bike mid-late Nov and from there we will cross into Mexico. Then the trip will really start. For sure. We hope.
Dave’s plan is to hop on his bike in Sandpoint and ride south along the Discovery Routes, as per our original plan, starting from the exact trail location where everything was put on hold when I hurt my wrist. He has suggested he’ll pee on the boulder that took me out. I’ve requested a photo.
If Dave runs into snow on the high passes he may have trouble if his dad is several days ahead of him on the interstate. It may turn out Dave will load his bike on Rick’s trailer until they get a bit farther south where he can jump off and ride again.
Dave has a deep desire to complete each mile of our planned route on his bike. As he is able-bodied and capable of doing so for the southwest desert portion of our trip I can’t argue that desire. I have less of a need for ‘linking’ each mile of our trip. There will likely be a few hop-over miles ahead where we’ll need a train or the back of someone’s truck to help us along, bypassing many miles or perhaps even a whole country until we can set our wheels down again.
Despite that logic I’m bummed to miss out on this part of the trip. I love the southwest desert and it was never in the plan to separate for large portions of the trip. Even as I write this I contemplate texting Dave to tell him I’ll meet him in Sandpoint ready to ride. But common sense prevails; I don’t want to mess with the healing of broken bones.
We’ve filled the 3 weeks since our last post with fall hiking and enjoyable visits throughout B.C. to friends and family in Revelstoke, Kelowna, Squamish, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. It’s given us the opportunity to see our parents again when we thought it would be at least 2 years, although it’s a bit rough having to say “goodbye for awhile” again for the second time.
Comments are welcome. Bye for now!