I am back. I am sleeping in my old bed, getting a shower on regular basis, watching T.V. and going to the refrigerator and getting what I want to drink or eat when I want to. Those are things I did not have for 97 days. 97 days of been deprived. Is that a really accurate statement? The answer is all certainty NO. Going on a bicycle tour is a privilege that goes with not having those things we take for granted on our daily lives. I have noticed how these things use to be essential for my existence, but not anymore. If I would have to choose between having a shower or a cold drink assessable or been out on the road and meeting someone new or having new experiences; I take been on the road. I miss not having the adventure, wondering where I was going to sleep, what my next meal was going to be and where I was going to go or how far; are for now in the pass. Looking at the news and seeing all the negatives things that we hear from the media, makes me sad because so many are in a vegetative state and they really believe that what they are told from the media is the true affairs of the world. I can not say that I have been to the mountain top and seeing the promise land, although, I did ride through the Blue Ridge Parkway and did go to the top of Mt. Mitchell, I still want to see more and experience more. I have now more tools to be able to be a better member of society, to be more tolerant, understanding, to listen more and talk less, to understand that listening to others is a great way to show compassion. But, but, I am now more aware that not everything that seems shiny is gold or better and that trying to have everything new is better. I walk around looking at the things that people get worked up about and it makes me laugh. I feel that as a society we place way too much emphasis on things that are very trivial. In 97 days I realized that what I need is very little to make me happy. The validation of my existence has to come from me, I have to want and accept that simplicity in life will allow me to appreciate the things that are good in life and those things should be the things that should be accessible to all. Having the monies to be able to pay someone to prepare you a meal are no longer what I define as self sufficient. Having the ability to adapt to the circumstances that I am willing to explore and still have the best positive experience is what will keep me happy. How I look according to someone or something else is was never an emphasis to what it took to make me happy. I find that getting some unconditional love from my dog and the love of my life is what puts a smile on my face. Many of my perspectives that I have pre-tour were left 3000 miles behind, many new ones and more are to come and I know the road will provide many or all. So, getting things back to normal is key to getting back on the road.