It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

By Stephen | July 2, 2014

15,706 km so far.

We are now officially off our bikes.

Our journey isn’t over, and we may yet do some cycling on Bali, but we will be spending the next few weeks adjusting to a different pace of life and figuring out how to re-enter normal society.

Too bad it's too late to decorate our bikes with this.

Too bad it’s too late to decorate our bikes with this.

We’ve decided to keep writing until August 1, when Jane leaves for Canada. Maybe we can shed some light on how it feels to end a trip.

Centre Of My Sleep

Today we allowed ourselves the luxury of being tired. When you know you have to ride another 50, 70, or 100 km before the sun sets, you become used to putting the exhaustion to the back of your mind. As Bali got closer, we both became more aware of just how physically exhausted we are.

We are remarkably fortunate to be staying at a friend’s beautiful home nestled in the jungle outside Ubud.

We set ourselves one real chore for the day, a trip to the grocery store. Apart from that we stayed in, drank coffee, and enjoyed the views and sounds of the jungle.

Home Away From Home

Jane napped away the afternoon, and I took advantage of our incredible temporary home – which happens to be equipped with a gorgeous glass-walled poolside yoga studio – with meditation and a contemplative yoga practice.

Tonight I got to do something I haven’t done since we were in Hong Kong back in January. I cooked in a kitchen! Using locally made tempeh we picked up at the grocery store, I threw together some vegan burritos for dinner. I miss cooking, and I miss knowing exactly what is in the meal I am eating. This is just one more reason I am so grateful to Amy for hosting us in her home.

Thank you so much Amy! How can we ever repay you?  

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4 comments

  1. Comment by Cassie

    Cassie Reply July 7, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Couldn’t say it better than Kimberly. Looking forward to buying you a beer or 5 the next time you’re in town! :)

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen July 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Look forward to catching up, with local beer, soon Cassie!

  2. Comment by Kimberly

    Kimberly Reply July 7, 2014 at 5:37 am

    A well deserved rest! Congratulations on achieving this incredible journey and for allowing us to travel along with you through your words and pictures. I think I’ve read every post and laughed and cried right along with you. Your words and pictures have opened new places in the world to me and I thank you for your wonderful gifts. I look forward to continued writing from both of you and wish you both well in the next adventures. Namaste!!!!

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen July 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Namaste Kimberly! We will continue to write while in Indonesia, and who knows what we will do with the blog beyond that. We shall see… I am sure I will begin writing on http://www.blaim.me more regularly as I travel and teach.

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