– and ¿Why are doing this trip? -ask me Mike at the tourist office in the Grand Canyon
– Because I don’t want to die without having lived – I reply him looking at his eyes-
I’d prefer rather die trying to live, that to die without having lived.
As everyone knows, now I, Aitor, keep on in this journey alone. Just as I started in 2006, I cycled the Himalayan mountain range without more company than the people who I was meeting on the way. And now it seems that again I’m gonna cycle the Andes mountain range, among other many places also alone. All these years in which we have told you in the blog stories that we have lived, I was who has gone with the camera taking snapshots that we have been hanging in the web page.
As I have always thought that a picture is worth a thousand words (maybe because I don’t have the gift of the word and the writing), I will continue telling you in my way more through images than through words.
It has been almost a month of been getting fit slowly – slowly, after a long break, and with ups and downs of the canyons has been harder than I thought at begining. but, the first day that I got on the bike loaded with the panniers on and went out to the uncertainty, not knowing where i was going to sleep that night, without having planned nothing more than the road I wanted to cycle, came to me again that feeling, that feeling of deep knowledge that i am at home, that all is well, and that is this exactly what I want to do. To see and get to know the world at that speed that only the bicycle can give to me. No hurry, enjoying the present moment, without making plans beyond the following 100 or 200 kilometers.
Friends, this part of the world is just amazing (i am not going to try to describe it, because I can not). To me that I like deserts and also the height, this place is the perfect combination where i can enjoy every minute. It is called “the colorado plateau”. It is a high plateau that is located between Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico at an altitude of about 2000 meters high of red land and red rock, but red as i never in my life had seen.
Since I had been wanting to know these lands for years I have decided to dedicate time and spare no efforts to save riding kilometers. I tried to visit the most interesting national parks.
In the Canyonlands National Park I came with the targeted note after reading the book of Salva Rodriguez of pedaling “Shafer Trail”. And I have to say it was a great. Thank you Salva, always, whenever you’ve recommended me any route or track ,I have enjoyed it a lot while I have suffered at the same time.
But as everything, everything ends, after the storm comes the calm, and this is where one returns to enjoy even more, because he has just tasted what is to sleep in a wet tent, inside a wet sleeping bag. Wake up when it’s raining in a really cold weather that penetrate to bones, and keep on cycling.
Such is what happened to me in Bryce Canyon, that when I arrived at the first village which was very close from I camping, i went inside one laundromat, and put everything, absolutely everything inside the dryer machine. From the clothes that had been used the day before and in the morning, until the sleeping bag and even the tent. But as I’ve said before, the sun always comes out after the storm, and allows you to enjoy again.
One of the things that I like of living as a nomad, is to know, more that just to know, be sure that at the end of the day I’m going to find a quiet place to put the tent and not have to worry about anything while I am sleeping and recovering for the next day.