Pulling on the clutch, pressing on the shift lever, the transmission popping into the next gear followed by a reassuring clunk. Squeezing through traffic is almost like second nature now. Even with large bags on the side it’s not dangerous or a feat anymore but a part of this weird meditation of mine. The only thing that reminds me of the reality is the sharp pain under my shoulder blade. No matter how comfortable your bike is, there is no doubt that you won’t experience some discomfort from travelling for days in and out. Despite all this, when you approach a corner of which you can’t see the end of, all dullness goes away.
For me, this is epitome of “Starve your ego, feed your soul”.
Not having to think about who you are and where you are at life, but just getting through traffic and the feeling the warm breeze on your face. Going to a place where you never been, seeing people you have never seen. These experiences are as unique as it gets. The hardest part is? Taking it all in.
It was now a month ago when I stepped outside on a scorching day in July. Planning and weeks of excitement finally coming to reality in a form of the sweatiest version of you and a blue motorcycle calmly rumbling. I still remember that last long look, absorbing every inch of what you are leaving behind. the screeches of barn swallows bouncing off the huge 10 floor concrete building, the long lines of cracks on the dusty sidewalk and the sad look of the little hut made from pressed wood planks, where the same person have been selling fruits and vegetables since you were a kid.
Now the same leather jacket has deep cracks from the gruelling weather, but the excitement every morning remains the same. Sometimes I wish I could share every moment of this journey with someone who is important to me, but I am getting more used to the absence of companionship every day. I guess the cracks do extend under the jacket as well.
By 10 pm I arrive in the city of San Benedetto del Tronto. This city doesn’t creep up on you with it’s suburban areas, you are in the town centre even before you notice it…