Although our trip has ended, I would be terribly remiss to not mention some very wonderful people that helped make our 4 month adventure possible: My wonderful mom, Wanda Barron, and my fantastic brother, Bobby Barron. This support team back home took care of our mail, sent us gear when we needed it, and took care of our house, amongst other things. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are 2 of the reasons that make life great on this earth!
Also, a big thanks to Brandon Begley for helping with our broken sprinkler situation. Our neighbor mentioned the other day that although our yard didn’t get watered during the hottest part of the summer, his didn’t fair much worse and he watered every day!
Thanks to Sonny Collins for letting us stay at his beautiful Canmore, AB condo for a week & taking us to beautiful places to hike in Canada!
Although we still haven’t gotten everything back in order at home yet (been home a week), we decided to join our bicycling club friends this weekend at Lake Eufaula for the annual Tour de Trees campout ride. How great it was to get back together with our old friends! Here are some answers to questions that we got this weekend:
* Did we get homesick? – Yes, I did and I think Kurt did too. I remember after about a month or so on the road thinking that I couldn’t do this all the time like some of people that Kurt has read about in touring journals. It would be particularly hard after staying with friends or family for a few days – really got homesick then, until got back into the road routine after a few days of riding again.
* What did I miss back home? – Yes, just like you my #1 thing that I missed was my bed & 4 pillows 😉 As previously mentioned, I missed washing clothes at home. Missed my family & friends big time. Missed my home, yard & cooking in my own kitchen. You do get into a regular routine while on the road, but I still missed the routine of home life.
* What was the hardest part of being on the road for 4 months? – For me it was definitely sleeping on the ground on that small blow up mattress. Very hard on my achy joints & back! I could sleep for about 4 hours straight, then toss & turn for the rest of the night. I also got really tired of being cold all the time & missed Oklahoma temperatures believe it or not!
* What was my favorite part of the tour? – Although there were many smaller favorites, here are a few of the big highlights:
o Riding the Icefields Parkway in Canada – beautiful views of glaciers & tourquoise blue lakes!
o Riding the off-road Columbia Western & Kettle Valley Rail to Trails routes – challenging but cool train tunnels and views from high up in the mountains over lakes and towns & of course the old trestles.
o Riding Hwy 3A near East Kootenay Lake, BC & riding through the Washington Cascade Mountains – absolutely beautiful scenery!
o Riding/camping in the Redwoods
o Meeting so many great people! Here are a few that stand out in my mind: Ingrid & Dave (Kootenay Natl Park), Val & Dave (great times with these 2 on the KVR), Trish & Chad (Pacific Coast), and of course Sung Gyoo (our “adopted” Korean son on the TransAmerica route).
* Favorite city to cycle in: Seattle!
Again, thank you so much for your encouragement & comments during our adventure & for following along with us. Can’t wait to get back together with all of you back home in the coming weeks! More adventures ahead!