I’ll get right to the point.
Due to the broken foot and the cast I cannot complete the pilgrimage in the way I originally intended. So 88 Temple Pilgrimage by bike is no go. My leg no longer has the strength, and the cast puts rather unpleasant pressure on my shin-bone while I ride a bike, I tried it for short distances and it was clear that this challenge is closer to the impossible.
I could do the Henro by car, I could do it by bus, or even taxi if I wanted to. But I don’t. I feel cheated, and doing it in a way other than my planned and practiced way would be cheating myself. It’s like saying I will write a book and in the end have someone else write it. So instead I will sit this one out, I will heal and move on, and then some years down the line, maybe after I graduate and become a doctor, I will return and do the Henro my way.
If things happen for a reason, maybe this was meant to happen this way. As to why, well who knows! Maybe somewhere down the line I’ll know. For all I know now, this may have saved my life from some weirdo trying to kill me during my solo ride. Let’s not dwell on what if’s and be glad that I still have the capacity to do this some other time.
This will probably be the last update on this, at least for a few years. Thank you all for the support and encouragement. Let’s try again some other time.