This Was a Sign…of the End

This is Stuart. (He looked like a Stuart…we think.  Though, come to think of it, he never actually responded to the name Stuart.  Maybe his name was Rod?)  In any event, he followed us for 4 days for absolutely no reason whatsoever.  Maybe he liked our mildewy hue.  We didn’t have any food or water for the little fella, but he must have found what he needed…by murdering rabbits.  We learned to love him and his determination and his jumping on your waist as soon as you exited the tent.  Seriously, I shed a tear when we had to leave him with the Argentine border dudes to become a sheepdog because he was obviously never going to make it home again after we had led him into the wilderness.

The point of all of this babbling is that we, (pause for effect) are about to say goodbye as well.  The Conbigotes Prayers of Wind Direction will have absolutely nothing more to talk about in 3 days after we complete this goddamn thing.   Maybe we will have some final tallys, some uninteresting photos and “thank yous,” but all in all that will be about it.

I don’t know whether to be excited or sad.  Honestly.  I sit here and can’t figure it out.  It’s 7am, 150 miles from the bottom of the earth and the end of more than a year on the bike trying to get here…and I don’t know how I feel.  I do know this fourth cup of coffee just made me feel fairly sick.

The one thing I am sure about is that I miss that son of a bitch, Stuart.

– Conbigotes



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10 responses to “This Was a Sign…of the End

  1. Fran man

    Brett-you’re such a sensitive man. Run back to your Rod Stuart and save him from a rural life! In a kinda related note: ever seen a pair of Rod Stuart tour underwear-with All Rod All Night printed on them. Enjoy!

  2. What a great story guys! What an amazing trip as well! Congrats on almost completing your journey. Enjoy the moment and take it all in when you get to the end, that is what this is all about.

    Safe Travels


  3. saunders

    what you aren’t going to turn around and go back? weak sauce cap’n D

  4. Kevin

    Brett and Ryan,
    Congratulations on a journey to last you both and all of us following your travels a lifetime. Thank you for sharing your times with us through this excellent journal. Hopefully I will be able to meet up with you again. I will be traveling cross-country from Astoria to Norwich, CT starting this June 2012 (like Ryan’s X-country journey). Hope that the return to this reality after you get back is not too unsettling.
    Take care, both of you.

  5. Zach Melton

    Gentlemen –
    It has been a true blessing and pleasure to follow along as you two have taken on, overcome and embraced one of the most significant physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges and journeys one could imagine. It’s okay to not know how to feel about it as that represents truth and trust and if I could send along any unsolicited advice it would be that upon your return, trust in the people around you to lead you towards the next great adventure; whatever that may be.
    Blessings to you all upon your finish and safe return home to the states and if you’re looking for a connection to a publisher let me know, I may just know who you can talk to.
    In Awe…Zach

  6. Larry and Donna Melton

    Brett and Ryan,

    Wanting to convey my perspective on such an incredible journey that the two of you have undertook but not knowing how to start, I came upon our son’s ‘statement’ and there were the words I was trying to dredge up. Zach, the soulmate that he is, said it all. I will add that we absolutely plan to have you grace us with your presence in the not too distant future, whether it be on a visit from you both to Steamboat or where we all just happen to be at the same time on this planet Earth, we would love to hear even more ramblings from the eye and mind opening experience that you are about to complete. Stay safe and happy travels back to the US of A.

    Love from Donna and Larry

  7. Wes

    Brett, can I feel your calf muscles?

  8. timmer

    Congrats Brett and Ryan. You two are awesome. Count me in on the next one.
    Can’t wait to see you on Monday Brett. By the way, no room for a Stuart at the Watson Inn. Rudy will have to do,

    Love Mom and Dad.

  9. Hey guys, been a pleasure following along with you. I met you at a hostel in Cartegena what, 7 months ago now? Good bit about the dog, that’s wild. Thanks for posting all the sweet pictures and stuff! Best of luck

  10. Gabriel

    Eyy Brett y Ryan
    Podrian decirme si el puente colgante donde esta el perro es del Rio Carreras? . Es un camino que piensaba hacerlo en moto y no tengo datos del estado del puente .Podrian darme su impresion del cruce?
    Muchas Gracias

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