Six Months in, a Change in Plan

Near the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, 27-Mar-2013

I’m writing this in San Jose, Costa Rica, exactly where I had planned to be on the six-month anniversary of this Around the World trip. The time spent here however turned out to be a little different than what I anticipated.

Instead of winding down a month-long visit with close friends and exploring more of the country on my third visit here, I spent most of the past four weeks on the mend from Hepatitis A and planning my next moves. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m pretty much recovered from the virus, but still a bit weak, which led to what was ultimately an easy decision: to end this overland trip in San Jose, and save a return visit to the rest of Central America for another time.  A return to Asia will have to wait as well. So tomorrow I’m off to Portland, Oregon, and the US Pacific Northwest, which was also part of the plan. I’m just skipping the overland part. ☺

Even before I got sick I was mulling over changes in plan. The initial idea, fourteen to sixteen months on the road, was already looking overly ambitious by month four, when I simply began feeling tired. With deadlines to meet, curbing that travel fatigue with a long break somewhere wasn’t possible. So I was just getting more tired.

But no worries, and certainly, absolutely no regrets. As the cinereus harrier flies, I covered nearly 9,000 kilometers between the Beagle Channel in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego and the Costa Rican capital. All things considered, it was one of the best six-month periods of my life.

The working plan now is to spend about a month or so with friends in and around Portland, and then a few weeks with family and friends in Ohio before returning to Slovenia sometime in the middle of September. After finishing my manuscript, I’ll hit the road again. ☺

In the meantime, I have plenty of catching up to do here on the blog. Look for that to begin later this week.

And many thanks again for all the comments, emails and messages over the past several weeks. All are very much appreciated.

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  1. Safe travels, Bob! I’m sure disappointed you won’t be coming to Ometepe, but maybe someday? Happy trails.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks! I will definitely make it back to Ometepe one day.

  2. The Wanderlust Gene says

    Sad when dreams and plans have to change but remember, it’s a measure of wisdom and maturity to face the facts and let go of unsustainable dreams. So glad to hear you’re on the mend, Bob, and hope your time with friends and family – especially in the cool of the Pacific North-West – will rejuvenate your spirits and put the pep back into your steps!

    1. BobR says

      Thanks! But I’m not saddened by this change in plan at all. It’s just how it is. I’ll still make it to your corner of the world, it just won’t be quite as soon as I was expecting. 🙂

      1. The Wanderlust Gene says

        That’s the best news – that you’re not saddened to change your plans! See you in Oz then maybe? 🙂

  3. Sas says

    So glad to hear you’re feeling better. I usually find the things that are unplanned are the best 🙂

  4. LuAnn says

    So glad to hear you are going to take a bit of downtime and rest.

  5. frizztext says

    you are a Magellan on wheels …

  6. ailsapm says

    Yikes, sorry to hear about the bout of Hep A, but glad you’re on the mend, Bob. Are you still in the Pacific Northwest? xxx Ailsa

    1. BobR says

      Thanks – Yes, still in Portland for a few more days. Moving on on Wednesday.

      1. ailsapm says

        I’m up in Seattle for the next month or so, if you’re in the area say hi! xxx Ailsa

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