You know you might be a procrastinator when you travel with a group of people for 96 days, covering 17,520 kilometers, and you wait until you’re just three hours from your destination before starting to put together a little poem to mark the occasion. It ain’t pretty but for the sake of those who had to leave early, here’s what I came up with and read to the gang at our final dinner.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 96 days,
since we met in Beijing, lost in the haze.
“All-righty everybody, are we all aboard?”
Helen’s first words must not be ignored.
We were soon caught in traffic, on that tiny street
Duncan at the wheel, Xara so tidy and neat.
We had The Belgies – Burger, Liesbeth, Greg and ‘Mode’,
Halo and John with their x-rated lock code.
Karen the Oz who we mostly called Tazzy,
and a quiet Swiss girl known as Jazzy.
Mimi and Jill getting all the best shots,
and Heather her backpack chock full of rocks.
There’s Kirk, “Ah, maybe just one more plate,”
and Jess the Republican we loved to debate.
“Aaaaaand good morning,” said Mike,
as James set off on another day’s hike.
We had Alice, the Scot, making Banoffee pie,
and Vanessa, the Uzbeks thought was a spy.
Tanja and Stephan so quiet till vodka flowed,
and Andrew and Claire with a fire that glowed.
Five Star Tim joined at “The Gates of Hell,”
chasing pigs through the beets with Ozzie Janelle.
With Rodney supplying the tunes – Yeeeeeehaw,
and Richard clutching his beloved cha cha.
Bridie was sent off to Russia with love,
along with that drunk, Ms. Knickersonorov.
Mark and Bec, they were first to leave,
and at the rear that small quiet guy… Steve.
Ynez and Christine, the two German gals,
and Jenny the Swede, we all became pals.
Not all were aboard for the entire trip,
but five crossed Asia to Europe’s far tip.
It’s been seventeen thousand, five hundred clicks,
over pavement, and dirt, and stones, and bricks.
We made it to the end, safe and sound,
and to that I say, “Bartender, one more round!”
Odometer Leaving Beijing: 625,065 km
Odometer Arriving in Istanbul: 642,585 km
Total for Silk Road Trip: 17,520 km