I finally knew I couldn't leave it any longer and took the courage to ask my work to take this special "time off".
What would the answer be? I had no idea!
And why was I so nervous ? I don't know but maybe it was because I really wanted a positive answer.
So what do you think the answer was?
All these months of palpatations and worry erased ...
YES! YES! YES! YES! and another YES! Thank you!
The most wonderful answer, silly me, but a bit emotional knowing one of the biggest hurdles (besides having already told Mum) had been successfully overcome and I have security to come back to.
So the reality of making it possible is getting a little closer - or maybe a lot closer!
Life is funny - it's everything or nothing, famine or feast - sometimes everything happens all at the same time - like today !
Amazing thing #2 - I took my Bonnie in to be repaired and was given a brand new Bonnie from Jack Lilley Triumph to use and wow what a bike and a half ! Amazing to ride it and know this is the same bike I'd be trying to get over in the US - so much power and acceleration - I could just feel that wind and warm sunshine on those long roads!
Amazing thing #3 - I talked to them about the trip when I dropped the bike off, just by chance meeting the owner and they seemed genuinly interested in the sort of trip I was planning with the unique slant of this woman travelling on her own across the open roads "less travelled". Really thought they would think me 1) unrealistic and/or 2) heard this story so many times before ..
Amazing thing #4 - My good friend Bob (and an incredible film screen writer) over in Boston where I'm looking to start the trip is a the fantastic journalist for one of the Boston newspapers and is interested to do some coverage as I used to live over there ... As he emailed back "I just realized that we might be able to do that because you are a former Weston resident!!!! and we cover Weston, (aka -town outside Boston). If you could send me a few lines about your trip I'll see if I can get them in the paper!"
So creativity got the better of me for an initial strap line (he has a good sense of humour)
"Weston resident going West...on ... a bike !"
So let's see - but it all sounds like a good start in the right direction .... Westbound!