The End

Well, it had to happen eventually. I couldn’t just ride around in circles in central London for the rest of my life. Last summer I started to get itchy feet. And very quickly it became apparent that I was going to have to find a bigger circuit. And since I don’t do anything by halves, I’m going for the biggest of them all. In a month’s time, I leave to cycle round the world.

So I’ve quit my jobs, I’ve moved out of my house, I’m selling my bikes and I’ve given away almost all of my stuff. And I’m looking forward to a new bike, a new routine, a new challenge, and …a new blog. Click here if you want to see it. And yes, you’ll notice that I’m no longer anonymous (although my identity was a bit of an open secret anyway, at least to anyone who already knew me and my bikes).

I don’t plan to close this blog down completely or officially though. I’ve got another couple of weeks on circuit, and if I think of anything courier-related to say after that, then I’ll go right ahead and say it. And I probably will. I seem to be able to talk infinitely about being a cycle courier. You wouldn’t think there was that much to it.

Still, you should expect the traffic to slow down a bit.

I’m not going to make any trite comments about ‘the end of the road’. As we all know, the road goes on forever.

Instead I’ll comfort myself with the wise words of Sax:

“Ah, you’ll always be a courier. It doesn’t wash off.”

I do hope he’s right.

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17 Responses to “The End”

  1. David Says:

    Good look Emily! Hope you make Kashgar!!

  2. trio25 Says:

    Wow! Good luck!

  3. Loving the Bike Says:

    I guess I knew it was coming since you slipped me the secret details a little while ago. Congratulations on making the big move and I look forward to hearing all about your new adventures.

    Darryl

  4. Sue Stanley Says:

    Hi – just had a look at your new blog. Good luck. Don’t feel guilty about the Kindle – I used to say the same about loving books but I travel a lot on business and a Kindle is the best way to go. It doesn’t have to be a replacement for books, just a temporary substitute when you can’t carry too much stuff. I know quite a few authors and they seem to be embracing it (or at least, becoming resigned to it) and finding new ways to get thousands of copies of their novels downloaded, which I suppose makes up for the low cost per sale.

  5. Cudzoziemiec Says:

    Oooooh! So will you be couriering in places you go to around the world? Or just passing through, always on the move? It looks rather as if blogging is your new occupation! Either way, there’s something rather satisfying about continually moving and owning no more than what is always with you, never quite knowing what you will see and do tomorrow – though it’s also good to settle down and live somewhere for a while.

    Anyways, the world can’t stop going round either.

  6. Mike Says:

    Wow! Amazing news. Good Luck!

  7. Kelly Says:

    Good luck with your trip, you’ll love it. Couple of my friends have a cycletouring blog that may be of use to you? http://homepage.mac.com/isaetterry/
    Will be following your new blog with interest :-)

  8. zero Says:

    I’ve got a wait and return to Melbourne – can you cover it?
    He’s right you know – you can’t wash it off. You may find you have more to say on the job after you get some figurative and literal distance from it. I’d like to think you will.

  9. Kirk Says:

    When you get to Anchorage, you can stay with us. If Maui is on the list I’ve got some friend there, including an old buddy who could use some pointers on drinking and cycling, If you get my E-mail from this go ahead and contact me that way, if not I’m on moving target P.M. me, to work out the details

    • thatmessengerchick Says:

      Kirk, ever since I started planning this trip, you have been one of the highlights. I can’t wait to meet you at last! :D

      • Kirk Says:

        Give me some advance warning so, I can clean the guest room BTW we have a cat. Another BTW I’ve got a buttload of Alaska Airlines miles, want some? in case you want to do a side trip, see below. Come to think of it we should talk about Maui privetly.

    • thatmessengerchick Says:

      And Maui isn’t exactly on my route, but …you never know! After all, I’m going to have to cross the Pacific somehow.

      • Kirk Says:

        Well, if you do go to Maui, you’ll want to stay in Kihei, it’s the most afordable part of the island. First full day go to the Dog & Duck around noonish. Find the bell look at the sign above it note the first name on the dedication combine that with the last name of the greatest general of U.S. civil war. Ask your bartender if ____ ___ is in town, I’m a bike messenger from London and my buddy Kirk says I should buy him a drink. If not you might get to know the locals, if yes, buy him a drink, that’s your new best friend, he’ll treat you like one of his daughters.

  10. Gary Carter Says:

    Good luck Emily, hope you have a fantastic trip. One of our former bikers has just rode out to italy, it took him 11 days but he said he is loving it. I’ll look forward to reading your new blog.

  11. Cali-Steve Says:

    Good luck Emily! If you happen to wander around Sacramento, Ca, we’ll put you up! Take care. On to your new blog…

  12. Don Says:

    I’ll be following you around the world, figuratively speaking. I can’t wait to hear your stories. Good luck!!

  13. Susie Says:

    Good luck, Sweetie. Hope it’s all fabulous. xxxx

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