The last 24 hours has been an emotional one for me as I internally process our upcoming bike tour. As boxes are getting packed, passports ordered, and immunization appointments booked, I’ve begun to realize that this dream of ours is actually coming true and I don’t quite know how to feel about it. A few years ago, before heading out on a cycling adventure with her family, an equally apprehensive mother articulated her nearly identical feelings much better than I am able to at the moment:
I feel like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff – about to throw myself off into the abyss below. … But mostly I’m scared that maybe, just maybe, it won’t be as magical as I think it will be. -Nancy Vogel (Family on Bikes)
I don’t fully know what life will be like on the other side of our departure! I’m scared. I’m absolutely terrified at times. But it’s families like the Vogel’s and many others that have inspired us to abandon a ‘normal’ life and have proved the possibility of living out this dream.