I hope to complete my bucket list of rides in the coming months*.

Every trip I gather experience to try something more ambitious. I’m riding places now solo I never imagined. This has reaffirmed I might not be a total dumbass and there is some merit to ‘look at your end game’.

By that I mean most people have a bucket list but no plan just ‘one day’. I decided to look at it backwards. Yes, from the point of when the averages say I will end my time and then ask when is ‘one day’ for me?

Observations of friends approaching or in their retirement reveals a pattern. Join some organised tours or do the big caravan trip then things slow.  The big adventure once dreamt of is not undertaken. It’s too much bother, confidence and health not what it was. ‘One day’ for them has become past tense.

I may have it all wrong but it seems like everyone is betting they can buy a younger self in later years. Even as a boxed trifecta it seems long odds to me.

Well time to board plane number one of three on my way to South Africa before I make more excuses.

*for better or worse I took a breather in 2019 and am still working on completing my list. Actually I even added a few more. Got me thinking I hope in some way I always have at least one more thing on the list to try do.

3 Comments

  1. Go for it mate! You have the right idea.

  2. Looking forward to some more entertaining stories from the road. As JRR Tolkien once said "The roads winds ever on…"

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