I often think that I'm the only person that feels the need to get away.
People are not so different than me. Many seek something greater than we, and while exploring is a way to unwind, this gift is overshadowed by the grind. This explorer found ground one day and someone who reminded me of why I venture away.
At times I want a break because stepping back from the grind allows me the freedom to explore. Recently, I discovered there are people in the world that are exploring the same path as myself.
While camping in the East woods of Texas, a young man, Pablo, from San Antonio road onto a nearby campsite where I pitched a tent. His means of exploration was simple; an orange breasted Royal Enfield motorcycle. He setup basecamp with nothing more than a ground tent from London, a blue chair, and smokes. Pablo's journey lead him to this moment. Indeed, we had the same idea; to get off the grind, onto the open road, and journey into the unknown.
As the morning dew rose over the pine trees and before Pablo packed up for the next journey, a simple conversation emerged. I pressed to learn more about his aim. You see, some people find money, career, and party as a means to explore. Yet others find freedom in open remote areas in nature. I learned that Pablo's journey across the U.S. spoke to my pioneer perspective. His aim is nothing less than mine, but separate in how we prepare. Pablo had a simple plan, making time to go beyond the ride. Me? Planned and complex, yet both of us search for the next spot.
He mentions that the "great escape belongs to everyone." Funny, I always thought it refrained among the aging and nostalgic like me. However, with this young man Pablo, I found commonality. The next generation of explorer! You know what, he is not much different than me.