That was such a well written, honest evaluation of the uncertainties of adventure travel.Yeah... lots of possible "ifs".
"If" I hadn't been selected to attend the Overlanding East Adventure 2019 in October sponsored by Four Wheeler Magazine, I might have kept going. But I thought it would be best to keep the Jeep intact for that trip and not push-it by myself to Tuk.
"If" I hadn't been selected to attend the Overlanding East Adventure 2019 in October sponsored by Four Wheeler Magazine, I might have kept going. But by turning around, I saved a lot of money that would have gone for gas going to Tuk that will instead go towards the Overlanding East Adventure (did I mention I quit my job this summer?).
"If" I had a job to go back to afterwards (which was in the original plan when first planning the trip), I might have kept going. But since I'm currently unemployed (by choice - still got my military retirement so don't feel too sorry for me), I wasn't feeling the need to fill my vacation time.
"If" I hadn't been delayed at Ft Nelson and had kept going to Whitehorse, once I found out "A" wasn't going to make it, I might have kept going. From Whitehorse it is only a day's drive to the start of the Dempster Highway.
"If" it wasn't snowing north of where I was, I might have kept going. Adding unexpected snow kinda pushed my decision to turn around. A couple years ago we got stuck up there around Whitehorse because nobody could go south (roads were washed out). So we had to backtrack to Haines AK and catch the ferry back to Bellingham ('twas expensive but a very nice ferry ride).
And of course... "If" I wasn't by myself, I would have kept going. But it just wasn't going to be as fun going by myself. Nor did I think it would be prudent.
Sometimes you just have to know when to say "when".