It’s Monday morning and I’m at work. I don’t want to be here. I’ve only had four hours sleep and I’ve got a banging headache and a pile of emails that I don’t know how to answer because I haven’t been trained properly.
As the morning goes on I leave the emails and start packing boxes. It’s boring, really boring, and I’m working for minimum wage and I’d much rather be outside.
I’d much rather be on my bike.
My mind wanders intermittently to places that I’ve been before, to places that I’d much rather be. I’m fortunate enough to have traveled a bit, fortunate enough to have these memories. They come to me randomly, sometimes because of a sight or a sound or a smell, sometimes completely unprovoked. A memory of a place, a person, a road, just pops into my head.
I’d rather be in the Netherlands, cycling along beside pretty girls in the sunshine as the nation celebrates reaching the World Cup Final.
I’d rather be in Guatemala, riding up a gravel track of a mountain road, being waved at by local kids, crying “Gringo!” with wide-eyed gawps.
I’d rather be in Iceland, cycling across the barren landscape next to glaciers and waterfalls and mountains, a million miles from the rest of the world.
I’d rather be in the Bahamas, riding down to my own private beach of white sand and turquoise water.
I’d rather be in Canada in winter, cycling through a blizzard, hands and face frozen, but hell-bent on reaching my destination.
I love bicycle touring because of the freedom. When I’m on my bike I can go wherever I want, I have no responsibilities, no pressures, no stress. I am free.
But the best thing is, I will travel again. There are more memories to be made. So, you know what, I’d rather be here this Monday morning, because when I’ve answered enough emails and when I’ve packed enough boxes, I will have everything I need to cycle off again. I will have earned my freedom once more.
Previous Where I’d Rather Be on Mondays:
Where I’d Rather Be on Monday: Jinja, Uganda by Dan Martin
Where I’d Rather Be On Monday: Jelly Fish Lake, Palau by Dan Martin
Toau by Torre Del Roche
The Trans Siberian Express by Juno
On a Journey by Brad Nicholson
Yukon Territory, Canada by Lee Peyton
Take Me To Where The West Wind Blows by Sean Newall
Waking Up All Over the World by Melvin Bocher
A Beach By Isabelle
Maurellias Las Illas by Mark Cooper
Everywhere and Nowhere by Keith Jenkins
Queen Charlotte Trail, NZ by Ben Colclough
The Amazon by Ed Stafford
Anywhere! By Al Humphreys
Dolalghat, Nepal by Dan Martin