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Shreesh and Neena Taskar

We didn’t make the decision, the decision made us. On October 20th, 2007, we left our comfortable city of San Francisco to follow a simple algorithm – go North till the road ends then turn around and then go as far South. In between those two points was the stage, the timeline, the space, where we made things happen and things happened to us.

The past is fleeting and the stories, the sights and the feelings are perishable. One sees what one wants to see, and perhaps we are not capable of more. We saw that people are kind and helpful even if they were not materially rich. Some we could understand even though we didn’t speak the same language, the motivations of others were incomprehensible even though we did. In the end fragments remain – the smell of roasting chocolate, a flock of snow Ptarmigians on snow, the creaking of the rainforest, the rough feathers of penguins, and the intoxication of Curanto.

This will be the last post on A Long Drive. In a few days the home page will start showing randomly selected posts from the past. The website will be up for the forseeable future. We thank everyone who followed us on our journey.

Safe Travels!

Shreesh & Neena Taskar, San Francisco, CA

10 Responses to “At the end of a Long Drive”

  1. Fred says:

    The end of an era! Time for a new adventure . . . perhaps the Baja Haha?

  2. Shreesh says:

    There is a beginning and end to everything. It still seems strange that the journey is over.

    I can neither confirm nor deny that the next adventure may or may not be the BJHH…

  3. Tom says:

    Please say it ain’t so. I will miss the updates so much. Maybe you could just make up some stories, or you could always write about San Francisco.

  4. Randy says:

    An end indeed! I was driving back from Crissy Field the other day ago and I saw the infamous vehicle only a few cars up from mine turning onto Van Ness. Congrats to both of you on a successful journey! It was wonderful to hear of your exploits. Sorry we did not hook up as we said we would, but life does get in the way of things: we had a baby boy on June 15th, 2009. Hope the bay area still treats you well!
    – Kim and Randy (and baby Logan)

  5. Keith says:

    Welcome back, guys! It has been a great pleasure and diversion to read of your experiences. May I too make it to the Galapagos one day soon. Glad you both are well…

  6. unawoken says:

    Neena, Shreesh,
    It was really nice to be part of your journey, thank you for making me part of it, and a nice end post.

  7. Shreesh says:

    @Tom: We plan on starting a new blog featuring similar stories collected in San Francisco. Its been slow getting it going. Hopefully we’ll have it up in the upcoming months.

    @Kim: Congratulations again on the new arrival. I’m sure your life is very busy at the moment!

    @Keith: The Galapagos are magical. I can’t say that I have ever been to a place that is even remotely like them. Swimming with the sharks, sea turtles, and seals have been some of the highlights of the trip for us.

    @Vinay: Thanks for the kind thoughts. I knew I needed to say something for closure – in the end we decided to keep it short and simple. Unlike the trip!

  8. Lakshmi says:

    Glad to have you guys back and thanks for keeping this blog going all through your journey. I am very thankful to you guys for taking us along through these posts and pictures and videos. Of course, I wouldn’t have made it to Colombia and experienced that beautiful country if not for you guys. Thanks again!

  9. Timo says:

    I would avoid the Haha. Go the week before. Avoid the crowds. See more locals.

  10. Neena says:

    @Lakshmi: Thanks for coming out to meet us. Its wonderful to see familiar faces when you are away for so long. And we enjoyed having your perspective/style too.
    @Timo: Its a long way away. In fact, Shreesh is not allowed to mention it. First we have to learn to sail then we will see what to do with it. Our first weekend class was fantastic.

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