Walking along Main Street to go for dinner with some friends the other day, I saw this bike parked in a rack. It made me smile as we walked past but after a few steps, I stopped and turned back to take this photo.

Main Street bicycle rack.
Main Street bicycle rack.

We are still adjusting to life in Vancouver after so long on the road. Jan and I have talked about it and both agree that we really miss the road. It took us a couple of weeks but we have finally identified what lies underneath that feeling and concluded that we are experiencing a sense of loss. A loss of freedom, of community and of friendship with the people we met or rode with along the way.

However, despite that sense of loss, we are also happy to rediscover friendships and community right here in Vancouver, our home. We are getting back into a routine of working, shopping for food, gardening, cleaning the house, meeting friends and socializing. In short, we are rediscovering the ties that bind us to this place. And I guess I needed to see that sticker to verbalize some of my feelings because I do love it here!

P.S. The video editing suite is in full swing. Coming soon: Bolivia and Perú.

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9 thoughts on “I Love it Here

  1. I’ll let you know when I’m up next time and maybe we can get together for dinner or a beer or?  I love that you are back:)

  2. Welcome Back. Your Trip was truly inspirational to outdoor enthusiasts. Also it was great for me to be able to identify with some of the sites in Asia and S.America. And really know what you are going thru in “Coming Home”. Regards, Vince Nicola.

  3. “We shall not cease from exploration,
    and the end of all our exploring
    will be to arrive where we started
    and know the place for the first time”
    (The immortal words of TS Eliot in his Fourth Quartet “Little Gidding”)
    …..now enjoy the ‘journey’ of re-discovering your home environment, and knowing it for the first time.

  4. I am glad you love it here too,we are happy to have you back,you can go again as long as you come back some times.Mam

  5. Hi Paul, I think that the “wanderlust” is hitting you. You can always bike to Hope and back to get the “gritty” feeling back.

    Take care, Karen K.

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