Cycling The Globe

A Cycle Touring Expedition Around The World

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Day 1637 – 1657: Time Out

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Apr - 24 - 2015

Arriving at the Caribbean Ocean on the top of South America had been an important milestone. Now it was time to stop, take a deep breath, and consider the next step.

I came to the conclusion that I would be going back to Denmark for a month. My moms cancer decease had taken a turn for the worse. I knew that if I kept cycling the doubts would be taking over my mind. On the other hand going back is somehow against my principles for this trip, but principles are only good for so much. It was the right decision go back. One thing is to keep in contact with family and friends over Skype, but nothing can really compare with being there.

The Danish April weather is interesting. One day it would be snowing, a few days later I would be going for a sunny walk on the beach; too cold to swim though.

As the time for my return flight to Colombia was getting closer, I found my friends commenting on my out of the ordinary life. In fact I was thinking the other way around. Being in Denmark for a month had been something out of the ordinary, but taking a flight to some far away place to cross a continent by bicycle is very much what I am and what I do; not really like getting back to your office after a summer holiday, but almost 🙂

On the flight back towards South America we flew right over Newfoundland in Canada which will be my final destination in North America. It looked unbelievable cold, icy and snowy down there. I hope it warms up a bit before September!

I still had my Colombian pesos in my wallet as I walked out of the airport in Cartagena and took a local shared taxi to the old city center; in fact I feel just as much at home here as I do in Copenhagen.

Categories: Colombia
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3 Responses so far.

  1. You made the right decision to take the time out and go back to Denmark. There are principles, but family is different.

    Now that you’re back, I can’t wait to start reading about the next leg in your adventure!

  2. Marcos C. says:

    I wish your mother well and I hope her health improves. She looks very good on the picture, though.

    It was a very, very good decision on your part to visit your mom as you might regret it later in life that you hadn’t done so when these circumstances happen.

    I wish you all the joys in your heart as you will pedal through Central & North America — with the warm thought and feeling that you had visited your mother in her time of need.

    To quote (from a Moody Blues” song):

    “Things are becoming clear. With a meaning.
    Now that you’re knowing, pleasure starts flowing.
    It’s true life flies. Faster than eyes, could ever see.
    You’re here today. No future fears.
    This day will last a thousand years .
    If you want it to.”

  3. Hi Marcos! Thank you very much for those nice words of support! I’m now back on the road in Central America after a very nice visit back home. It was absolutely the right thing to do. Best wishes, Thomas