Those of you who have been following the six-month motorcycle road trip that Sash and I are doing, we've hit the one month mark about a week ago. We were in Trinidad, CO at the time, a town that we had intended to just overnight while en route to Denver, but ended up staying two nights instead.
Thus far, we've overnighted:
3 nights in Yuma, AZ
1 night in Ajo, AZ
7 nights in Tucson, AZ
1 night in Lordsburg, NM
7 nights in Las Cruces, NM
2 nights in Roswell, NM
7 nights in Albuquerque, NM
1 night in Taos, NM
2 nights in Trinidad, CO
(we're now 6 nights into our stay in Denver, CO)
You can also take a look at our route map.
But just during this one month, both Sash and I seem to have made some progress towards spiritual healing, enlightenment, and all that other psychological and metaphysical shit.
For one, I think we don't argue as much. I mean our last argument occurred maybe two weeks ago in Albuquerque, and that's a big improvement. I think a big part of it is Sash finally getting to understand my behavior, why I do what I do, and how my brain works. To get along with someone means having to step outside of yourself and look at the bigger picture of what's going on. We're both doing that.
But I also think we've gained a greater appreciation of each other. Every day she tells me how much she's thankful for being on this road trip, thankful for her new life with me, thankful for letting the real Sash come out of the old Susie Homemaker.
I probably don't reciprocate as often enough, but I really do appreciate being married to a woman who is her own woman. First, she rides her own bike. Two, she takes care of her own finances; we don't co-mingle funds. Three, we check out other hot women and talk about doing them in a three-some.
However, I think the biggest change I've encountered is sharing more of myself with others. If you've followed this blog long enough, you might have noticed that I describe more of my personal self. That's just learning how to trust, something I haven't done much of before. That's something that has built over the past few years I've known Sash, but I think has accelerated during this trip.
I think the biggest change for her, aside from letting the "rude biker chick" out of hiding, is that she's gained a closer connection to her father. Having been deceased for 23 years now, it's almost like he's talking to her through this road trip. She remembers words of wisdom he told her when she was young, and now it's making a lot of sense, from one old biker to another.
So, we've been in Denver since last Saturday, staying with Sash's girlfriend from high school. My mother and brother live in Denver, and I've been able to spend time with them. Sash's motorcycle is in the shop, at a place called "Thunderbird Motorcycles" in Wheat Ridge, getting new tires and new levers put on.
What's in store over the second month of the trip? Well, Sash has a niece in Tulsa, OK who's about to give birth in another week or two, and she wants to be there for that. We also want to see Memphis, TN. It's sounding like we're going to make a right turn and head south-east.