Saturday, March 03, 2012

Pit Stop Dreams


On summer nights like these, I dream of 3 am pit stops by the roadside. 

Dead wind and the Doppler sound of trucks rolling by...I love that sound. A small tea shop by a yellow and white milestone and a dose of stimulant for the next leg of the journey. Cramped legs relishing a chance to stretch. Sodium vapour glow, the headlights of the occasional truck, a small oil lamp in the shop and the orange flickering on a set of wheels. And a one way conversation…only the highway talking.

I dream of an aimless trip around the country. The direction set by instinct and intuition. A trip on which to know oneself, the other and the land all at once. A light backpack with some clothes, books, a notebook and pen and a camera…and oh, a map. A lighter heart with spare space…for each other and for experience. A rightful place for silence as much as conversation. A perfect journey on divergent paths but where two lives converge. 

The set of wheels can vary…two or four. The more wind in the face, the better. As long as we are moving it doesn’t matter where. We’ll eat in obscure places and stay in some too. We’ll meet no name faces that we’ll talk about for the rest of our lives. In the process, hopefully, we’ll meet each other too. We’ll collect souvenirs for the walls and corners. And we’ll collect memories too.

And when we come back home, we’ll dust our clothes and bags and settle down in the sunlit corner sipping on some coffee to recount tales from the trip…or talk about the next one.

Someday I’ll embark on that journey…an exploration of uncharted territory…within and without.

5 Thinkers Pondered:

Bradz Blog said...

all the very best and hey HAPPIEST JOURNEY...hope you would fall in love with travel....all over again and again....and even look forward for your experiences and photographs....thanks again for letting us know the journey you are taking upon..eagerly waiting for updates

Anupama said...

Hey Bradz,

I wish I was embarking on this journey now but it will have to wait for a companion :) Will keep you all posted though when the journey does happen!

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