Sunday, September 30, 2007

Toughen up Mate

Well I made myself not cry, but I wanted to cry. Travelling I have found is a series of hellos and goodbyes. Thing is, Stephen would have just said "toughen up mate" anyway. Mount Isa was my last stop with Stephen and Yuka. They stayed all day there with me. They could have dropped me off at a hostel, or a hotel, but instead we kicked around together. We went to a tourist trap, tried to burn a CD, drank a beer, caught a footy game and watched the sunset from "the lookout". All the while I watched the hours tick by. After sunset we found a beautiful camp spot, made dinner ( pesto pasta) and then laid on our backs in silence. Yuka and I looked for shooting stars. She's good at spotting them, if you can imagine she's a bit more patient than I. She saw three. In the early morning we packed up our camp and headed to the Greyhound station. We had our morning breaky ritual in the parking lot while waiting for my departure time. When I had to go, Stephen and Yuka walked me to the bus and said goodbyes. I got on the bus but I didn't look up. I got ready for a long ride. The bus took some time to do the same and it was 15 minutes before it left for the coast. As we pulled away I watched the anxious passengers looking out the window for their last exchange. One older woman moved from one side of the bus to the other to wave goodbye. I looked at the bus station, the info sign, the picnic tables; all the inanimate objects I could find. I looked at the parking lot where we had parked for breakfast; the spot was empty. As the bus turned for the coast, I saw a red van, and two people waving. My two people. They waited. I jumped up and gave them big smiles and big waves but I could no longer "toughen up". After I passed them, I sat down and cried.

3 comments:

cindylist said...

Now you've got me bawling...! I guess I'm still not so good at the "toughening up" stuff. I wish you better luck with it than I've had...

Anonymous said...

It would be hard to leave your new friends...but I will not be surprised if someday Stephen and Yuka show up on your doorstep in Clarksville for brekky!

On to the next adventure and more new friends Trace!

Weez

Deb B. said...

Kelly gave me your blog site info recently and I spent Sunday afternoon starting at the beginning of your blogs. I am so glad you are getting this adventure of a lifetime and that you can share it as you go along. Your stories are great and I will definitely check in for the rest of the stories!!
Deb Baker