Week 34-35

So here it is, the end of the trip. Time is incredible; how slow it can seem at times and how suddenly it disappears.

This video below is just to cover the last two weeks on the bike and not an overall recap. My plan is to do a video to summarise the trip, although I think normal life will mean that it will take quite a while for me to get round to creating it!

Florida was a mixed bag! The weather could not make up its mind and although I was negative at points about the people! It was really a matter of a couple of days and I certainly have left with an overall good impression of the state.

Cycle touring is possible to anyone that can ride a bike. The main challenge with a trip on this scale is the repetitiveness. I am someone who likes routine and has learnt that the key is to forget about the following weeks and months and just focus on the next 3-4 days. I did enough planning for the next phrases just to know it was possible and that was that.

I know that I am the fortunate one just for having the opportunity to head off on a trip like this. Not being married or having children and also having a job that allowed me to take 9 months off and know that there was still a career waiting for me. I know there are many adventurous people that would love to take on a challenge and their obstacles are far greater.

I want to thank everyone for the support I’ve received throughout this trip. In particular my family, whose interest and support sometimes verged on the side of obsessive! Vying against each other to see who could guess where I was heading next but always offering sound advice when needed. Also two of my closest friends, Susie and Kirsty. Where the distribution of support has most definitely swayed in my favour, I hope in 2020 I can try and rebalance that.

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you all have a lovely holiday wherever you may be.

19 comments

  1. Jason Ainley · Dec 24

    Truly inspirational Kezia! My girls – Alexandra and Anabelle – have been as interested in your exploits as I have. You have shown them – and all of us – what can be achieved with the right mindset. What a trip, and what a humble closing post. Have a great Christmas.

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    • Anne Richards · Dec 24

      Truly inspirational what you have done Kez. Have like bed tracking you to see where are. Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Love Anne & Scooby xx

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      • keziajukes4368 · Jan 2

        Thanks Anne. I hope you and Scooby got lots of walks and adventures in over Christmas. I popped into Monmouth to pick up a few things but was only there for about an hour! All the best xx

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    • Shaun Montague · Dec 25

      Really well done Kezia. I’m delighted to see your adventures have come to a successful conclusion; truly inspirational stuff.
      Have a great Christmas with family and friends.

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      • keziajukes4368 · Jan 2

        Thanks a lot Shaun. Only been back just over a week and because I’ve done so much in the last week the trip feels like a lifetime ago now!! I’ll have to watch back my own videos to remember! Hope you had a good Christmas and NY. All the best

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    • keziajukes4368 · Jan 2

      Thank you very much. It’s especially nice to hear your girls have enjoyed it. Just started my new job in London today, I might see you around at some point. I hope you all have had a nice break over Christmas. Thanks again.

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  2. Steed 171 · Dec 24

    Welcome back. Hope you have a great Christmas. Now back to orienteering. Event on 27th at Normandy near Ash Vale. 😂😂😂

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    • keziajukes4368 · Jan 2

      Thanks a lot John. I had a lovely but crazy break! So much to do in a short amount of time – missed that event unfortunately but have got some runs in to remind my legs how to run! Hope you had a lovely Christmas

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  3. Ieuan morris · Dec 25

    Welcome home I will miss you adventurous blog and look forward to your future travels

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    • keziajukes4368 · Jan 2

      Thanks a lot Ieuan. Thanks for all your support. Give it a few weeks and I’ll be thinking of something else to do! All the best x

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  4. Kate Ford · Dec 25

    So freaking awesome, Kezia!! Congrats on finishing and I hope coming back to “normal” life goes smoothly for you. Sorry Florida had rude drivers…. Ugh! You said Florida bumped the US to number two spot, so What was the worst country? Thanks for letting us all follow you!!!

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    • keziajukes4368 · Jan 2

      Thanks Kate. All gone smoothly with ‘life’ so far, but it’s been hectic!! I was probably being a bit dramatic as it was only really a couple of bad days in Florida! But, from my own experience, the top spot landed with Kyrgyzstan. Unfortunately the route I took (the end of the Pamir Highway) has become quite popular with other cyclists and overland travellers and locals, especially the kids, have just got into a habit of swearing, throwing things etc. Still only isolated cases. Georgia comes in at three and then the list ends! No issues in any other countries. I was definitely very lucky. Thanks for following me throughout the trip x

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  5. Ieuan · Dec 25

    I have had some trouble with my email and have just seen your last video as good as the others you have sent .Iam sure you have had a good Xmas but it must be strange to be hemmed in by four walls after the freedom of the open road.l wish you a happy fit and adventurous new year and look forward to your next venture xx

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  6. Anna Bell · Dec 26

    What a lovely ending to your amazing adventure… so glad you are back safe and sound… many congratulations on achieving this fabulous feat and I’m sure it won’t be the last… happy new year to you and hugs from us both…Anna and Dave x

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    • keziajukes4368 · Jan 2

      Thanks a lot Anna. I ordered over 700 photos to get printed the other day! So I have a lot of scrap booking to do! I hope you and Dave had a lovely Christmas with your big family. Thanks again x

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  7. David Phillips · Dec 26

    Well done Kezia on completing your adventure.
    Merry Christmas to you.
    Dave and Gill

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  8. Gareth Stockman · Jan 2

    Wow, amazing what you achieved Kezia and so modest! I saw the video come in a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to wait for a quite moment to give it the time that is deserved – just seen it and am so chuffed for you that you completed your amazing adventure! Looking forward to catching up with you and hearing more about it. Hope Christmas was special and all the best for 2020 🙂

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    • keziajukes4368 · Jan 2

      Thanks Gareth. I hope you’ve managed to find some time to relax over Christmas! Thanks for following my journey, it’s gone so quickly! Hope to see you soon. Happy New Year

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