The Pit of Dispair

Trip Start May 22, 2009
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Trip End Feb 16, 2010


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Flag of Greece  , Peloponnese,
Sunday, November 8, 2009

That’s what I fell into today. 

Our dreamy campsite perched on a cliff overlooking the sea turned out to be a nightmare.  Posidon and Zeus were having a feud last  night.  While Posidon heaved up his waves, Zeus hurled down his thunderbolts, and our poor little tent was inbetween.  After so long on the road, tent is starting to leak around the edges.  With the sound of the thunderstorm all around, Brian drempt that he was washed down the cliff and carried under the waves…

The morning was not much better. The rain lightened enough for us to pack up, nicely waiting to downpour until we started cycling.  And did it ever!  Reminiscent of days gone by, I began to wonder ‘why?’.  Why are we doing this?  Why do we keep putting ourselves through this?  We’re wet and cold and not having any fun.  I can’t see the scenery I so want to, and we have no desire to go to any sights in the rain.  What’s going on?

Upon reaching the campground I couldn’t take anymore.  It had only been 2 hours cycling in the rain, but the rain wasn’t letting up.  Here we were in Olympia and I couldn’t see it!  I didn’t know what to do.  We can’t continue like this.  What’s the point if we can’t see what we want of these countries?  Winter is settling in.  No matter how mild it is in comparrison to Canada, it’s not meant for cycling and camping. 

The areas of Turkey we want to see are no better for temperature and rain.  I even looked to Australia and it’s full of thunderstorms this time of year.  I didn’t know what to do...

I felt this trip slipping away through my fingers and I was completely devastated. 

I am not ready to give it up!  Now is when we have the time and the money, and we’re HERE for goodness sake!  I can’t let it go, not yet.  But I also don’t want memories of bad times and rushed travels like Italy. 

It would be so easy to jump a train to Athens and catch a plane home.  But then what?  Drop into a different pit of dispair longing for lost opportunities and dreams just out of reach?  Oh why won’t the sun just shine a bit?

The rain lightened to a drizzle so we ventured out to see the sights.  But they decided to close early so we couldn’t.  Wanted to go to the store and buy some Ouzo to drown our sorrows, but it was closed because it’s Sunday.  Yay.  This is what I came to Greece for:  sitting in a wet tent in the dark doing nothing.  Things have to change soon.  I won’t be able to hold Brian back from the train station much longer - or myself for that matter!  After over 4 months on the road we're both a little travel-weary.  This is not the time for bad weather and failing gear.....

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grantdodson
grantdodson on

Matthew 11:28-30
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

This is my prayer for you two today...rest for your souls...and relief of your burdens.

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