Since I haven't had time to finish my next real post, I'll add this quote from Three Cups of Tea:
"I was alone. I was covered in mud and goat blood. I'd lost my luggage. I didn't speak the local language. I hadn't had a meal in days but I felt surprisingly good," Mortenson says. "I felt like I had all those years earlier, riding on top of the Bedford up in the Indus Gorge with my supplies for the Korphe School, having no clue what was ahead of me. My plan for the next few days was vague. And I had no idea if I'd succeed. But you know what? It wasn't a bad feeling at all."