In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.”
You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?)
I have crossed the US by plane, automobile, motorcycle, large truck, and half of the country by train. I plan to complete the train trip soon.
During a motorcycle trip to Fairbanks Alaska one summer, I kept passing bicyclist traveling south. One day, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the bicyclists. I asked him where were the bicyclists destination. He stated, he and the other bicyclists were riding from Fairbanks Alaska to Key West Florida.
Now, if the last sentenced raised your eyebrow, you could never imagine how I looked when he told me in person. Our conversation was like many I have had during my travels, talking about our past journeys. We later said our good-byes and we returned to our travels. After my encounter, I am considering crossing the US on a bicycle, and it is a part of my bucket list.
Over the years, my family & friends are amazed at my travels, and I can only imagine the family of the bicyclist looked upon his trip similar to mine and wondered why not fly arriving sooner to enjoy the destination.
As a nomadic traveler, the destination is another starting point. The travel time in between two points using any form of transportation provides encounters with incredible people and the beautiful scenery of traveling.