I have been told that these posts tend to be longer than most essays, but every time I start writing I think “this is going to be a short post!” but somehow it never turns out that way… I’ll do my best today!
Anyway, I drove out to Eureka just outside of St Louis on Monday, it was only a 30 minute drive so that was fine. I went into Six Flags straight away, and enjoyed the roller coasters and the water park all afternoon. Though, I must admit, I was a tiny bit disappointed. Everything felt severely overpriced, 5 bucks for a small drink? 10 for a hot dog? Insane… Especially compared to Holiday World with its free drinks and sun screen. The water park was a disappointment too compared to the other one I went to, but the roller coasters were fun! Well, the steel ones… the wooden ones felt so rickety and shaky that I actually walked away from one of them with a headache. So yeah. I would probably recommend going to Santa Claus instead.
This one was my favorite! Batman the ride, and there wasn’t even a line when I got there so I could ride it two times in a row without even getting off. Yay!
This one was good too!
This one looks weird because it was taken on the Tuesday and it was cloudy. I did ride the slide behind me, you had to stand in a capsule and then it dropped you down into the tube, scary!
I have also extended my car rental until tomorrow, and changed the return location to Nashville, Tennessee! That’s right, I’m heading back south! I googled and their 4th of July celebration seems pretty awesome, and I’ve always wanted to visit that city (and Taylor Swift has an apartment there!). I will stay there for quite a few days, to just have time to unwind and actually try to make some plans for the rest of the summer. Because no matter what I might have wished for, I have realized that this trip will have to take a different direction.
My hand is still hurting. A lot. I wake up every time I turn over during the night, because I touch it or try to support myself with it in my sleep. I can’t carry anything in the hand for a longer time. When on roller coasters or sitting in a tube on a slide, I can only hold on very light with that hand. It hurts when I walk with my arms hanging naturally down my sides, I have become used to having to hold my hand up slightly when I walk to not have a slight throbbing feeling in it.
Can you see that there’s a bump on the hand, close to my knuckles? That’s where most of the pain is coming from at the moment. The entire hand is sore, but that part really hurts.
So as the situation looks right now I’m not sure when I’d be able to get on a bicycle and be able to hold on to it for several hours a day for days at a time. It’s not going to happen for quite some time at least. I could wait it out, yes, but right now it just seems kind of pointless. I don’t like to wait, I like to take charge. So as I said before, this adventure will have to take a very different shape. And unfortunately, that means that I can’t keep dragging Elsa and Bob with me and hope for the best. It’s just not a very convenient way to travel, it would limit my options a lot in terms of traveling, so I have had to make a very hard decision.
So yes, unfortunately, I will have to try to sell them.
Yeah I know, it makes me sad too. I left Sweden exactly one month ago with the intention to cycle around the world, but as it looks like now, I won’t be able to complete that adventure. But that doesn’t mean that I will give up and go home and declare this a failure. I could never have imagined getting hit by a car, but I can’t keep holding on to that, I have to move on. My situation has changed, and so will I. So first I’m going to Nashville, where I’ll celebrate 4th of July, but also try to sell some of my things and buy a backpack instead. And then, the summer of adventures begins. I will travel by train, bus and car all summer and I have so many fun things planned. I want to learn how to surf and have found a 5 day camp for adults in Wilmington of all places! Well, I enjoyed North Carolina so why not go back? I have found a place in Florida where you can snorkel with manatees, and I want to go zip lining in the Smoky Mountains, whitewater rafting in the Colorado river, I want to go to Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and all the national parks I can find, I want to hike mountains in California and ride horses in South Dakota and drive through the wonderful landscape of Arizona.
So I hope that everyone is looking forward to this new adventure as much as I am. Though I am kind of in a new mourning period right now, but that’s not so strange I think. Of course I’m allowed to mourn the adventure that I will have to give up. That is fine. I’m having a lot of anxiety just writing this post, but I’ve made up my mind and no matter how much it pains me I’ll have to stick to it. This is the only possible outcome right now. Yes, I’m a bit sad, but I will get over it and be able to feel 100% happy again before I know it. Soon I’ll be able to celebrate the adventure this will turn into. Sometimes plans fall apart, and it’s up to us to decide how we handle the new situations.
I will try to make the absolute best of this new adventure, and throw myself into it head first.
Let’s do this, and let’s be fearless. Life is short, let’s make it unforgettable!