Originally Posted by JDowns
The hardest part of taking off is jumping out the window, or in our case getting out of the driveway.
People project their fears on you wherever you go. Always telling you stories they have heard from friends of friends about how dangerous the world is.
Don't listen to them. Just because they are afraid to leave their driveway doesn't mean you have to be. It turns out that having your bike coast to a stop in the rain at night in the middle of Colombia with a dead motor is kind of fun. And looking down at the smashed front end of a bike in the middle of the Darien isn't such a bad thing. What looked initially like the end of my ride turned out to be a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
Plus, you gain an incredible amout of self assurance and personal satisfaction when you test yourself and come out on top. I would have to say you gain a new perspective on the world and renewed faith in humanity when you travel around and find out it's not the scary place the news media has been portraying. Positive and uplifting news stories don't sell advertising. I am doing my best to balance that out by reporting what I find down the roads less traveled. It isn't that bad out here as far as I can tell. I'm still looking for the scary stuff people back home warned me about. Haven't found it yet.
Like Antihero says in his ride report (another i have been following since day 1);
"Adversity is just the precursor to growth".
Everyday lurker here who is following how you did this closely. I hope to do similar soon.