This is Ivan, the fellow that I met in a McDonalds parking lot in Ft. Stockton Texas. At the time he was venturing off on the next leg of his four corners journey after being trapped in a west Texas motel due to bad weather for almost a week. This guy was packing more gear than most military vehicles. I have no doubt that he is still traveling even though I have stopped for now. You can scope out his journey at ivansjourney.org. His bike is a Ural with a sidecar and a trailer for a tag along.
I wrote a bit about Ivan on day 123, but I wanted to say another little piece about him. Now that I’m back home and I reflect on our brief encounter that day in west Texas I remember how fantastic his spirit was. Adventuring brings out the best from the deepest parts of a person. It sure did for Ivan and I. Ones worries and priorities are no longer in line with the masses. In most cases they are narrowed down to a few, very imperative worries, like keeping the bike on two wheels, instead of a hundred small, nagging, worries like paying three credit cards bills each month without being late. Living for a short time under the umbrella of these, more instinctual, priorities felt great and healed some of my inner grief. I don’t know where Ivan is as I write this, but I know that he is becoming a better soul everyday with every mile that he conquers.
This quick video is from Christmas Day in Wilcox Arizona at a Motel 6.