When Nature Calls

Mar 11, 2013 View Comments by

When Nature CallsLet’s just be honest here. Traveling on a motorcycle in a foreign country will eventually have you in an inconvenient place when nature calls. As an American, we have this taboo not to talk about it. Some people even take such extreme measures as turning on the faucet to hide their bathroom noise. After traveling all over the world, I have seen first hand what many people have to use as toilets and the problems that they face. In Cuba, the public restrooms have people outside selling old newspapers to wipe with. In China, the toddlers have slits in their pants so they can just squat wherever. In Mexico, you must bring your own wipes and then toss them in a trashcan because the septic systems are not strong enough to take down the paper. These are just the tip of the iceberg, but I hope you get the point and can see what other people in the world have to deal with. As motorcycle travelers we experience all these things but because of this taboo we rarely get to talk about it publicly.

The story behind this photo was a sheer pain in my gut. I was at the beginning of a two-hour snorkeling trip off the coast of Belize on a group of islands called the Caye Caulker. There were three planned stops, and I didn’t know if I was even going to make it to the second one. My mind stretched back to what I ate for breakfast. It was some street tacos, but that’s what I ate everyday. I did, however, drink the local water from the faucet, but the people said it was safe. Whatever the case, the gurgling was getting worse, and I had to take care of it. I started running my limited options though my head. I was actually amused with my situation and was laughing at what had to be done. The boat was just a small little dingy, obviously without a toilet, so that meant the water was my only option.  Caye Caulker has some of the best snorkeling in the world. Clear blue water, and shallow reefs only five to six feet down make it great for poking around and seeing all the colorful, strange tropical fish that people have as pets in their fish tanks back home.  However, I couldn’t appreciate all that just then. I swam as far away from everybody in our group as I could and did what anyone else would have done in the same situation; I pulled down my shorts.

Now I am going to spare you guys the details, but if you ever find yourself in this situation, be aware of the currents. Finished, I swam back to the boat ready to enjoy the rest of the trip. As I climbed back into the dingy, the guide asked me how I was doing. I smiled and said I was ok. I did feel great as we headed off to dive spot number two. No pun intended.

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Commercial fisherman to pay the bills. Adventure Rider for the smile on my face. Documenting it all as proof that anyone can live this dream.