|Bike building in the Living Room|
The other question is WHY? I read the Cordillera volume 4 (the definitive literary record of the TD). Katherine Wallace says the most important thing is to know WHY:
My reason is selfishly simple... I need to do something. In order to take this trip I changed jobs, and convinced my supervisors to let me ride this crazy race... In the end I am looking for adventure. I have done everything right through my life. All throughout my youth I read books.... classics, adventure books, whatever was in the library. I imagined going myself. But I have never gone. I went to high school, graduated on time. Never drank, smoked until legal age, never used drugs, came home at curfew. Went to college, graduated summa cum laude, got a job. Worked, went to grad school while working full time. Twenty years of continuous employment in healthcare will either beat you down or make you realize that time is precious and CPR is NOT like TV. We only get one shot at this crazy ride of life.
|Never Too Near the Edge|
So I think the answer is a mid life crisis. Time to do something before I can't any longer. Get out and try something. If I make great, if I don't I will come back with a story and make sure I gave it all I had. I was discussing all this at work the other night. As my co-worker said, "If that is your mid-life crisis... that's pretty cool."
|The Mountains Are Calling|
|And I Must Go|
On the other hand... Why is Josh doing it? He is the opposite.
His boss has no idea about blue dots. He may have inhaled a certain herb in Canada at one time in a 2 man tent with a bunch of sorority girls. He travelled through India by bicycle and train solo at age 18. He travelled the Himalayan Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage. Skiied from the Mount Rainier summit solo as well as various other lesser known but better peaks, several times... just for fun.
|North Central Cascades|
|In the Playground|
|In the Great Wide Open|
|Kicking it in Yellowstone|
To be continued when we figure it out....