When we travel, we like to travel the back allies and find out of the way places. We want to see things most tourists don’t ever see. My husband is a cycling enthusiast, so when we travel we sometimes search for bike related places. We were in Tokyo and wanted to find Punch Cycle, a local bike shop. We were standing on the corner looking intently at a street directory, and a local man stopped his bicycle to try and help us find our way. Our Japanese is limited, and his English was limited. My husband pointed to the street we were on and mentioned the shop name. The man pointed one direction and my husband pointed the other. If it was possible to disagree without really understanding each other, that’s what happened. My husband listened patiently as the man pointed many options, then very firmly directed us one way. My husband again disagreed, and let it go. We thanked him, bowed and went the direction my husband thought was correct. The man got back on his bike and pointed us in the direction he suggested while riding away.
We walked on and decided to move onto the next point of interested figuring the bike shop was a lost cause. About three blocks later we saw this…Punch Cycle. The store magically appeared. My husband was ecstatic and actually said out loud, “I knew I was right!” We all laughed. REALLY!!! This is the fabulous bike shop we hunted for, argued for, and walked to find? I had to have a picture of this one so we could tell the tale. Not only was it closed, but as you can see it most certainly was not the bike shop that we had imagined.
Sometimes the best part of the story is getting there. The end result doesn’t matter, you had an adventure and reached your destinantion, even if the destination was a big let down. Celebrate the success, have a laugh, then move on. Don’t dwell on it, enjoy the process. Not everything is about a successful end result. Sometimes the adventure is enough. Sometimes the failure is worth simply to learn that you were right even if where you were heading was not worth it. We got a really good story out of this one, a reference point – Punch Cycle – for future travel missteps, and we are still laughing with each other over the passionate man on the bike. And just so ya’ know, we plan to find another bicycle shop later in the week…let the adventure continue.