All good things …………..

must come to an end as the saying goes and as I rode into the driveway yesterday afternoon, 26 days after riding out, phase 5 of #epicsummer14 came to an end.

I had covered 4,614miles (roughly 7,500km) during that time, although for the 7 days in Split (Croatia) I didn’t ride at all so the daily average is a little different to a simple division.

I had travelled through

  • France
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Croatia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Luxembourg and
  • Belgium

I had accumulated a lifetime of memories and still have a few more stories still to tell about my time on the road (which will follow over time) and it had now come to an end.

The absence of noise from the engine amplified the birdsong and the shrill of the insects as I walked across the garden. Normality slowly seeped into my consciousness :- the grass needs cutting, hedge needs trimming, I wonder if the car will start after not being used for so long, will there be any milk for a decent cup of tea …….. ? As I walked into the house, the cats regarded me disinterestedly with their aloof stares, yawning lazily before returning to their afternoon slumber in the sweltering heat of the conservatory – they probably hadn’t even noticed I wasn’t there for a while.

The mantle of “epic adventurer” was swiftly cast aside as I went out to procure some groceries for the evening meal – salad with lamb chops on the braai (BBQ to my non SA friends) which I cooked for us all as my “safely home” celebratory dinner.

But as I wearily climbed into the familiar feel of my own bed late last night, head sinking into a perfectly tempered pillow for the first time in almost a month, I grinned contentedly in the darkness and snaked my arm around the body of the woman I’ve loved for over 30 years, pulling her close to me.

I knew that all good things don’t come to an end at all – in fact all good things were just where I had left them and maybe one of them might just  accompany me on my next adventure 😉