The week leading up to my scheduled departure date was a bit hectic as I tried to put together all the final preparations for the trip. The days were getting fewer and and while I was crossing things off the checklists and making progress, I was stressed. I decided to postpone by a day or two so that I could have time to see friends before I left and enjoy my last few days home. It was the best decision. It’s nice not to be stuck to a timeline.
The extra three days was just what I needed. Time to hang out with friends and enjoy meals together and time to get the final preparations completed. I went to bed at 3am and woke up at 6 to start getting ready. With all my gear stashed away, I put on my riding gear and was ready to ride. Some friends of mine woke up early to send me off. It’s good to know I have so much support for this trip from my friends and family back home.