As the tour lingers in the lazy heat of the equator, anxiously awaiting the election to play itself out, there is more than enough time for reflection. Two months gone, two months to go – one can’t help but think that our time together is ever precious and ever fleeting. It feels as though we’ve just started, like we’ve just got to know each other and ourselves in this crazy place. So much has happened, so many landscapes and challenges, borders crossed and cultures traversed and yet somehow it’s halfway gone.
How do we hold on to this once in a lifetime opportunity? When the days are as full and as long as a day can be, how does the time manage to slip away so easily? With the toughest sections gone and done, does this mean the days will pass with an ever increasing speed or is this simply an invitation or an instigation to pick up the pace and make the most of our time?
With a few days to simply kick back, not pack a tent, not fix a flat, not be filthy or exhausted, our time together has turned a new page. For the first time, we have simply been able to enjoy where we are, and who we are with, with no added tasks or distractions of the pace and intensity of tour life. Heading back into another new section on tour, the trick now will be to hold on to that rest day feeling, soaking in our time together for the second half of the long road to Cape Town.