That is one of the first lines in Winnipeg-born author Katrina Rosen’s new book, and was the catalyst for the adventure it was based upon.
The sudden decision was motivated by years of marital turmoil. Almost reading like a sitcom, the book describes the source of tension between the pair, calling Rosen “an adventure athlete who craves the wild” and her husband a person who typically “watches sports with his buddies.”
“We were married and we had been together for 11 years and we had grown apart, we weren’t close anymore,” said Rosen.
“We were just really struggling in our relationship, we never fought, but we weren’t connecting and we certainly weren’t in love with each other.”
Instead of a divorce, the pair opted for an international biking trip.
Rosen admitted that the trip was just as much about physically distancing herself from her feelings for another person as it was about healing.
“I didn’t think I could run away from those feelings without actually using my body,” she said.
“Just at a loss of doing anything else, we just left from our front door in Wolseley.”