The crew I am travelling with is motley to be sure, but the mix has given each of us something to share. The histories and cultures of the U.S., Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, England, Wales, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Ukraine are all represented. This has made for a multi-faced interpretation of a joint experience, an interpretation that has benefited all.
The group has so far gelled around what we have in common (a love for action, fitness, and travel), and ripened through those things that we do not. Each individual’s motivations and expectations have brought a different personality to the trip, which has, in my opinion, molded this experience and this group into an impressive whole. It’s fun to see people go from perfect strangers at the bus stop Friday afternoon to best of friends around beers and cards on Monday night.
Although our days thus far have been impressive, we have hit snags as well. Two blown tires on our bus and a fractured wheel bearing on our trailer have raised logistical hurdles that our staff has handled brilliantly. In truth, I think the problems we faced early on actually contributed to the cohesion of the group. So maybe they were a blessing in disguise. Maybe ;-)
We’ve eaten well, worked hard, and been blessed with a wonderful variety of weather that has suited each occasion. Our accommodations have been outstanding. I feel guilty expressing so much excitement and positivity about the first half of the trip because I know there are those of you out there who were meant to come. But alas, it can’t be helped. This place is awesome! I don’t know when I’ll have access to the internet again, but it most likely won’t be until this weekend. Keep training hard and stay tuned for more.