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150 Days on the Road

By: @conniecucumber
For the past 150 days, I have been traveling on my motorcycle, living out of a beautiful, but tiny, travel pack; sleeping under the stars, making my home wherever I could find a place to pitch my tent.  I encountered wildlife sneaking around my feet while I slept, nights so cold I couldn’t put on enough gear, and days so difficult I found myself crying on the side of the road wondering what in the hell I was doing. 
My name is Connie. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and I have been riding motorcycles for roughly 12 years.  I want to share with you what led me to start this motorcycle journey, what I did to plan and prepare, and some things I learned along the way.  There may also be a playlist or two, because after riding 500 miles in one day, a good and cheesy playlist is pretty much the only thing that will get you through. 
I’ve met so many people through this journey, all saying, “I wish I could do what you’re doing,” or, “I really want to do that someday.”  One of the many things I learned from my journey is that no matter what the goal is, no matter how big or small the aspiration, the only thing stopping you from reaching your destination is you.  It is easy to make excuses here and there, but ultimately, you are in charge of your destiny. If you want something so much that it burns deep into your soul, you can make your dream a reality. I hope that what I share will inspire some of you to take the next step in creating the life you want. 
Here are a few words from Ranier M. Rilke, which I heard read by Dennis Hopper, whom you might know from Easy Rider. These words apply to any passion you may have; but for me, it translated to riding… and these were the words that inspired my trip, and convicted me in my decision to travel. 
  “There is only one thing you should do.  Go into yourself.  Find out the reason that commands you to [ride]; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to [ride].  This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I [ride]? Dig into yourself for a deep answer.  And if the answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple, ‘I must,’ then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.”