The Road is My Guide


Arrival is an event to be delayed as long as possible. To arrive is to end the journey. That period between departure and arrival, when the days blur together and time becomes plastic, is the opiate. It’s what keeps us going. For the true traveler, life is a series of consecutive journeys, one leading into the next, culminating in that most final of arrivals. And for all we know, that might just be the beginning of yet another eternal series of journeys…

The traveler flows with life, swept along by Taoist currents. To be stagnant in one’s life, to stop learning and changing and tempering one’s character, is to die a smothering death.

All of life is change and movement. Stagnancy is death. Even the rocks of the earth know this. There are many paces of change.




About the author

Ryan Murdock

Author of A Sunny Place for Shady People and Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Writer at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


  • hello,
    coach murdock, not sure if you have such opportunities, but when traveling, it used to be fun to get sidetracked. sometimes, would look for a reason to get sidetracked. this insured that the destination couldn’t actually be reached.
    makes for some strange days!

  • My mum and i took a fabulous vacation to India the last christmas, all things was extremely enjoyable on that point there. My friend and i drive a lot all around and after that have seen a huge only some big Sanctuarys. We all came across a couple of India tigers, very big elephants and even various other great pets inside. Most of the the outdoors all over Northindia is magnificent and even noticeably unique. Here in certain places it is really very much green-colored that includes a large amount of plant life, in other locations on that point tend to be dessert spots. Here in the mountains you will be able to view some very rare and pretty flowers and also trees. Everyone also previously had a small number of enjoyable days in Goa at the beach, the sea water was in fact clean and the folks truly pleasant.


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