It was inspired after my road-trip across a third of Canada. That is saying quite much- since Canada is the second largest country in the world!!
So, my road-trip from Calgary to Montreal in Quebec and back was over a total of 3000 kms. Given all the other fun adventures I had ‘not planned’ along the way- it was a five-day trip. Which also means I pretty much drove straight thru each way- with just couple of hours of rest in the car itself by the side of the road, in the middle of Ontario jungles!
The reason I am giving all these details is that- I have done many road-trips in my life… (you can check out my other Travel-stories) those where I was the main driver and also where I have been nicely driven around. In fact, most of my Europe vacations have been road-trips, so that way, I can get a true feel for the region I am visiting.
Most of the trip was not planned, but I had some spectacular experiences- like the time where a dirt-road (which is meant to be Hwy-1, world’s longest road) in the woodsy wilderness of Ontario suddenly stopped and there was nothing ahead.
I just could not believe my eyes. "Where is the road?? After all, it is supposed to go all the way to the end of Prince Edward Island, the other extreme end of Canada (on the east- Atlantic side)."
And as always, when I feel stuck, I pray- and it was all almost instantaneous- I asked the Divine for guidance and suddenly I see a semi-truck right behind me. I frantically waved it down- and asked the driver about the road ahead.
Just the ‘freaked out’ look on my face was a clear indication to him, that I was new in Canada. Most of my road trips before that time were in the USA- and while driving in the USA, I was used to proper paved freeways (as they are called in the USA).
He smiled and simply said- “welcome to Canada” and indicated, I could follow his truck thru the grass as he was going there anyways and this way- I will not feel scared about driving thru the wild woodsy-jungle area.
Within minutes we got back on the highway and though I tried to wave at him thru the window, I am not sure if he caught it in his side mirror… but he did wave at me and drove off.
Extra-ordinary, since every life which is lived completely with complete presence is always extra-ordinary. It does not need one to swing on a high bridges over some deep abyss or take off a Cessna 185 and fly oneself over the beautiful Canadian Rockies (like I have done)- we just need to feel the fear, wonder what to do, not know how to do it- but still continue on the path with complete trust that the Universe will put the floor down for our next step just as our first foot-step falls to the ground.
I don’t need to know the way, till I know, I can trust that it is there- even though in the darkness of the night I can barely see a few feet ahead with my headlight.