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August 09, 2010
Crossing the Shield
Oddly, I’m sitting here at the dining table of friends in Winnipeg, the ladies are out and the man of the house is asleep (works night shift). I’m okay with that these days, we have become adaptable to the circumstances now and transitioning from place to place is easier and more enjoyable. Sleep still remains a constant struggle, though it’s always been like that for me.
Our friends are wonderful people and good hosts, Ignacio (man of the house) came to Canada about 6-8 years ago from Mexico. Since then he’s married, had two beautiful children, bought a home and serves Canada and his community as a police officer. I’m proud of this guy and his wife, he’s the kind of person that contributes to Canada in so many ways that he might not even understand and the kind of guy that makes Canada a better place, a real Canadian!
The scenario seems to be the same as we travel: good people, good stories, good food, nice places, bad weather, fatigue, mystery, lessons learned, rules and realities on the road. The important thing to note is the speed at which things change. We are going through cycles, first was learning how to ride with less, camp better and have no home. Next is understanding people, where they are at, what they need and how we fit or don’t fit into that. Soon I hope we’ll start to find our rhythm and be able to slow down a bit more, enjoy the seasons and places, explore better and find a better way to feel productive.
Right now it’s difficult to do anything other than travel so the research we’re doing is lacking. Something has to give and as much as I value the research and networking a lot survival comes first. On the other hand it’s also difficult to contact businesses and get people to make time for you, but this too is an interesting aspect of the research and it will be interesting to see how things change as we move on. Does it get easier as culture and people change, do we get better at our approach, do we modify who we approach or how we ask the questions? I don’t know the answer but the answer is there somewhere and the journey is the key more than the ending, this I know for sure.