(90) losing a soul mate that will shine brightly forever
Many of you may have wondered why we haven’t written a post for such a long time and yet so many of you do. Trying to write a single letter has become impossible but having so many followers I felt it important to let you all know what has happened, however hard it may be.
On the 26th of April 2014 Sharon and I were riding through an extremely remote area in the southwest corner of Bolivia when she was hit by a Toyota Landcruiser and killed instantly. From this point on my life has felt like I have been living in a giant fuzzy bubble turned upside down and inside out. After spending almost 2 years on the road not knowing what the next day would hold, what we would see who we would meet, would it be hot ,cold, raining or freezing was the best feeling in the world but then to find myself being escorted on 4×4’s out of this lunar landscape on to a plane home without my wife beside me was incomprehensible.
Being on the road for so long and knowing the only person that would be there for each other was each other made us 10 times stronger. Even after being tired and exposed to extreme conditions be it wild animals, stones being thrown, bandits, the searing sun and freezing temperatures all of which were stripping away the outer layers we got to see each other in a way that most could only imagine. We were so strong for it and loved the feeling of it which makes it even more painful.
Since being back in the UK I have been overwhelmed by the love and support from family and friends which has helped me through the toughest part of my life which has been beyond anything I could ever imagine. we have shared so much of our life together and I am so happy I did but looking at anything beautiful is hard just knowing i’ll never share another moment like that again.
why is it we only look at old photos when its to late or we find ourselves in the wrong part of the attic, so much happiness is locked away in old pictures and sometimes we need to be reminded of the good times.
Starting this trip was a hard thing to prepare and organise and I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of our adventure and showing us how amazing people in the world really are, from being there from the start, handing us water, a happy wave or keeping us safe at night, it made us proud to be human.
I would also like to thank everyone who has kindly donated to ShelterBox, our nominated charity, which gives people hit by natural disaster a second chance. Knowing I will never get Sharon back is hard but the kindness in your donations makes it even more heart felt.
The last six weeks have involved learning words in spanish I never wanted to learn and doing jobs I never would wish on anyone. Sharon’s funeral and the messages from around the world were testament to how many people who were touched by Sharon’s life and loved her for who she was.
Embarking on this trip has been the best experience in our lives and seeing Sharon so happy even at the top of the hardest climb, fighting the strongest wind and riding in the heaviest rain was worth every second. She was so strong and so motivated and I felt lucky to be in her life. Writing the blog and sharing our experience was something we both enjoyed doing, although very time consuming, knowing we could show anyone who followed us a glimpse through our eyes. The pleasure it gave people not only kept us writing but kept us cycling. On the date that Sharon lost her life we were about 6 weeks behind on the blog and not finishing it would be a waste of an amazing adventure. Please bear with me as I prepare the last few. I will continue to write as we would have, However hard it will be. We have always tried to give a true recount of our time on the road and thats how it should be.
Thanks again from my heart. Tim xx
Here are a few pictures from this trip that showed Sharon for her strength love and spirit.
Enjoying a stunning evening in a field ‘Southern Poland’
taking the desert heat in her stride ‘north Sudan”
Enjoying the salt flats ‘Sowa pan, central Botswana’
being helped along by some amazing kids in losotho
Enjoying carrying our bikes 14km around a lake ‘Patagonia southern Chile”
Wondering how we were going to cycle over this one “torres del paine NP Chile”
Enjoying another day on the bike
long road ahead ‘Argentina’
Riding past Volcanos with a live lava flow 1500 below us “Paso Sico, Border between Argentina/Chile’
Always smiling !!!
Thank you for Reading x