1950 miles from Ace Adventure Resort we spend the evening in the Camino Real Hotel in Eagle Pass, Texas, two miles from the Mexico Border. The last two weeks have been incredible, dodging from small town to small town across the back roads of America. There are no words to describe the feeling of tooling about the country with the wind in your face, the rumble of a motorcycle engine beneath you and no particular destination, South. We’re going South until we can’t stand to go South any more.
That feeling is amplified by the all to familiar border areas of the Southwest. Maybe it’s the vast shrubbery, the Border Patrol check points, the wrinkles on the faces of the people from the over bearing sun and the battering wind. My heart runs with excitement barreling down the two lane through places to desolate to be inhabited by man. We’re there, the last dusty outpost of the United States. I look forward to the adventures ahead, to the good times and the bad. I look forward to the completion of a safe trip and to the US customs man on the other end that always says “welcome home.”
For my part, there is definitely a sense of anxiety. Mexican traffic is the pits, topas, roads are unpredictable and that anything goes take on traffic patterns leaves me a little edgy. Beyond all of that there is being responsible for the life of another human being that’s hanging on the back of the motorbike. One that I like. It takes a lot out of you, having to focus 100% of your attention 100% of the time. But this is what you take on when you do this kind of trip, when you head into the unknown. And that’s what makes us who we are, isn’t it? Our willingness to to take on that which we do not know.
We’ve done all that we can do. There is no more planning that can possibly take place. All that is left is to wake up at 6:00 tomorrow morning, pack up the bike, drive the last two miles to the border and go fulfill that that itchy wandering foot that plagues the both of us. Here’s to pushing the envelope and doing things greater then you might have ever thought possible.
Wish us luck.
Charles C says
Good luck and please be safe!
Brandon Edward says
Thanks Charles – We made it to Monclova and are safely in for the evening. Boy, what a trip this is going to be.