Dear Mr Border Official
This short blog is going out to the border patrol guy when I entered the US from Canada. I hope you are still following my progress as I have not heard from you yet.
Official: “Hello sir, where are you heading?”
Me: “Towards Mexico”
Official: “You know you visa is about to run out?”
Me: “No, it expires on 29 November”
Official: “Are you going to cycle all the way?”
Me: “Yes thats what In doing, all the way from here, through the US to the border”
Official: “You will have to catch a lift somewhere”
Official: “Because there is no way you are going to make it there before your visa expires”
Me: “When my visa expires I almost wanna be in Guatemala”
Official: “There is no way brother”
On 25 September I entered the US on the border of Chief Mountain Border Crossing as I was making my way into the lower 48. That was 28,5 days ago. Well I have to give the guy some credit…
Official: “You are going to have a lot of rain” …. Yes I did
Official: “The headwinds are going to give you problems” … Yes it did!
For more than 70% of the time I had to face some of the shittiest weather of the adventure which made my North American crossing extremely hard, physically and even more mentally. I injured my knee just outside Calgary in Canada and still having problems. This threw massive obstacles in my way as I pushed through endless rainy and headwind days.
I had to work twice as hard to make my daily goals and the cycling was very slow for most of the time with all the winds. Each day I told myself it will get better soon…. I have been telling myself that for two months now.
But when I set a goal, I WILL make it, does not matter what! Yea I was in a lot of pain with my knee most of the time and the cold, rainy and windy days did not make it better. It was the combinations of things that gave me a hard time in keeping focus. “One day at a time, one day at a time” I kept reminding myself.
With better weather I would have made even better progress, bit this is not how things goes on any journey through life. There will always be obstacles in your way and you just need to work through them and get to the other side. If you don’t do it, nobody is going to do it for you!
And now, after 28,5 days I’m sitting on the border between Mexico and the US in Naco. I’ve stressed about my timeline many days, but I made it.
To the border official I just wanna say… “Never tell someone something is impossible of you can’t grasp what they want to achieve”
If all of us can just support one another dreams and stop criticising, a lot more things will be achieved in this world!
Cheers for now…