I have now been on the road for such a long time I'm getting a bit anxious about finishing. It's going to be strange to have no focus anymore.
I planned this trip for so long and very soon the whole thing will be over. Of course I'm going to feel very proud, if and when I finish, but there is definitely going to be a bit of a void.
I have had fleeting thoughts about continuing to travel the world on my bike but that's allot to take on as a solo traveller. It's not as simple as just packing a backpack and hopping on a bus, boat or plane. Every day requires a plan A, B and C.
I can't imagine repeating some of the mind and ass numbing days in Kansas/Nevada etc. But the other days, riding across California, Colorado, Utah and seeing San Fran, Chicago, the Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls has made the whole thing such a positive experience.
I have definitely gotten everything I wanted from this journey and more.
My main motivation now, with 2 weeks or less to go is thoughts of crossing the 'finish line', or hitting the coast. I just can't wait. It's going to feel extremely rewarding.
Boring day today - all about the weather.
I was up early again and had eaten breakfast and hit the road by 7am.
I had decided not to ride after mid day because of the extreme heat. This gave me only 5 hours make up some miles. I had decided to take it easy and thought I would only make it as far as Rockport. I had done 30 miles by 10am though and felt good. I'm pleased with myself because in the end I managed 49 miles and arrived in Fairport at almost exactly 12.
It's a good feeling checking in somewhere so early knowing you have the rest of the day to relax and get organised. This whole week is going to be the same story. While its this hot I don't plan on riding after mid day if I can avoid it. I will put in some long days again as soon as things cool down.
I've been lucky to be riding a trail following the Erie Canal for the last two days. It's really kept the temperature down. As soon as I hit asphalt during the last 3 miles of today's ride I instantly started to boil. I was pouring sweat down my face. The heat radiating from the cars and the road was very intense.
since arriving I have tried to keep cool and avoid going out, but my aircon hasn't really been coping either.
total miles travelled - 3348
distance between Australia most eastern and western points is 2485 miles.