September 26, 2012
My search for affordable short-stay accommodations here in Rome has turned up nothing. Landlords want either a 12-month lease or an exorbitant amount for the 4 months rest I have planned.
I came up with two solutions to the dilemma, One, I could push on and maybe hole up in Greece or Turkey. Or Two: I could go home to Seattle and spend a few months there before I resume my trip around the world.
While weighing the pros and cons of each option I quickly realized that neither I nor my bicycle was in any condition to ride another 500 or 1,000 miles. We both need some rest and recuperation.
So I've decided to fly home to Seattle. I'll work on finishing my book (which you're all in), rebuild Blu, and get a good rest. Plus, I get to reconnect with friends and family. I plan to get all that done by February then fly back to Europe and my restart my circumnavigation.
I had planned to do this trip in one fell swoop, but then, little of what I had planned became reality. I quickly learned that to do something of this magnitude, I would need to be flexible and do what seemed practical and possible on the ground at the time instead of fulfilling some pre-conceived notion of what this trip should be.
I'm going to spend another day or two here in Rome, then catch a long flight back home. I'm gonna be on the first thing smokin'.