Back in the Saddle Again
By Tim Notier
Marisa and I have been on the road again for just under a month, but it feels as if we have been traveling for much longer. We've already stayed with friends in Oklahoma City, attended an Overland Expo in Flagstaff, and spent time with new friends in Phoenix and Sedona. We've chatted with fellow travelers and dream-seekers as we made our way west to California, and are now in one of the most impressive National Parks: Yellowstone.
But let's rewind just a few weeks as I haven't been keeping up with our blog posts.
Our latest round of adventures started with where it all began over 5 years ago when we first left on our trip around the world. We rode to the same campground that we spent our 1st night at to relive some of our fondest memories, but ended up creating new ones as we found a perfect spot next to a lake just 5 minutes away from our old campsite.
Needless to say, things were off to a pretty fantastic start, and there was an entire summer and fall of travel ahead of us. Before we knew it, we were in New Mexico, watching the sun set from across a lake.
Everything seemed to be happening so fast, and even though it had only been a few days at that point, it seems like we left our home in Chicago months ago.
Our first Overland Expo of the season went off without a hitch. The stories traded from the thousands of attendees could fill the pages of countless unwritten books. The excitement and thrill of adventure is passed around like a peace pipe amongst strangers and friends alike.
After the hustle and bustle of an awesome show and camping for 4 nights, we wanted to transport ourselves to a calmer, more Zen-like place to relax (and do some laundry).
So we entered the vortex and rode down to Sedona to spend time with newly acquired friends that we met on the road. We spent a few nights just soaking up the surrounding red cliffs, and even went on a small hike, something that Marisa and I rarely do.
The trip had been a success, even if we were only measuring it in short strides. There was a lot more ahead of us than behind. But we were back in the saddle again, enjoying every moment of Zen along the way.
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