I'm more of a planner by nature but the more I travel, especially solo and for longer stints, the more I'm coming to learn that a plan can just be a starting point. It's there to be changed sometimes. And generally for the better. The more flexible and open you are, the more likely you are to have unplanned adventures 😀
I had back issues on and off for the latter half of 2016 and hit rock bottom when I experienced sciatica for the first (and hopefully last!) time. The pain cave wasn't fun to say the least!
Two weeks before leaving for my cycle touring trip along the Carretera Austral, Mrs Framps tried to casually ask, "So what's the verdict?"
A bit confused, I replied "What do you mean?"
"Are you still going on your trip?", she nervously said.
Funnily enough, this had never even crossed my mind. I know Mum was doing what all mum's do and she was worried, which I totally loved her for but not going was never an option. I knew I might need to listen to my body and change the trip along the way, but figured that'd just end up being part of the adventure.
Mrs Framps didn't need to worry! By day two, I'd met a few other cyclists who were taking their sweet time along the Carretera Austral. Exploring the amazing surrounding areas, rather than missioning south and clocking up the kms, which had been more along the lines of my original plan (which was clearly just waiting to be changed!).
I joined forces with them and found myself taking detours to stunning places I wouldn't have otherwise seen! One of them was the Michinmahuida Glacier. It was a 10km hike from the picturesque Ventisquero campground in Pumalin Park we were staying in. The river crossing to touch the glacier was fairly interesting to say the least but when it's so close, there's nothing quite like teamwork with four people who have only just met to get each other across!
Here's to more unplanned adventures!
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