6 months ago I left the arms of friends at the Palms Restaurant in Wonder Valley, CA, on an overloaded Yamaha XT250, bound for my former home state of Texas and the bottom of the planet. Immediately I plowed into a soft patch on a sandy road that flipped my bike 180 degrees, scattering my numerous bits of crap in a gigantic arc and trapping my left foot beneath the engine case (all in view of the paved main highway less than a quarter mile away). Something gave me the strength to pick the bike up and limp to Houston anyway, icing my nearly broken foot in cheap motels along the way.
Since then I have ridden roughly 10,700 miles through 12 countries, over 187 days, for this third leg of In Search of the Frightening & Beautiful. I've left behind or given away 14 pieces of art, shot at least 6000 photographs, and have way too many stories in my head to describe. To mark this occasion (and perhaps to make sense of it), there are 12 pictures here, one from each country. These are by no means individual representations of each place; rather they form a collective image of a greater experience that is still occurring, that I have yet to wrap my mind around.
I write this from a calm place, where lodging is cheap and the internet is strong. Here I will determine what the rest of this journey will be.