Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Doubt, Foreboding and the Solitary Adventurer
A recent post on Shreve Stockton's (author of The Daily Coyote and Honeyrock Dawn) Vespa Vagabond blog discussed the challenges for riders who announce plans for adventures to friends and family and the ensuing resistance, doubt and anxiety it can arouse. Her post titled An Interview of Sorts answers questions from a woman planning a trip across the United States on her Vespa. It's worth reading, especially for riders who've not ridden alone or gone on longer trips.
Stockton writes of her own solo cross country journey on her Vespa ET4, details, route planning, Vespa performance and such. The most interesting part for me was when she described how those plans were received by the people you hope will support you in life. She touches on fear of the unknown and the perceived danger that lies over the next hill. Stockton responds to real concerns about personal safety and disaster in the following manner: "As for the true, valid, compassionate concern ~ my answer to this (to others and to myself) is that "the bad things" could happen anywhere."
I think there is some freedom in those words for everyone worried about what might happen if they venture beyond their own backyard.
It's an I wish I could speak from a place of vast experience crisscrossing the country on my Vespa about how I put aside misgivings and apprehensions about venturing forth alone on the road. Unfortunately such is not the case. My solitary adventuring has all taken place within a 200 mile radius of home and within a 24 hour period.
Perhaps someday time and circumstance will allow me my own big adventure.