After some time in civilisation the lust had returned. That old femme fatale was calling me, in the past i had likened it to the sirens of old drawing sailors to there demise. Except, for me it was more of a rebirth than a death. The mistress in question was no woman, there was no woman that had a hold over me like the darkness of deep space. The bustling space lanes in Colonia continued to fill up and many factions had made the migration from the bubble. The alien discoveries appeared to spur people on in search of safety. For me it began to reek of the distinct smell of humanity, that smell you get when people pile up together in one area. The Colonia oasis was gone, replaced with commodity markets, mining sites, stations and of course people. People brought with them all the bad things, piracy and murder is becoming more common place sadly.
Already having prepared for previous long range travels it was an easy thing to make ready, with minimal effort we were set. The route plotted took us under the core and into the region surrounding PRIE AOWSY UR-R E4-28 some 31,774 Ly from my current home in Phoenix Harbour. After some of my recent trips this is to be a relatively short range expedition. Consider this more of an outing than an epic journey. Unlike previous excursions this was a rather muted affair, with little fanfare we were out the door and on the way. Short hops and long ranges made the light-years vanish like shadows chased away by the morning light. As Colonia fell behind me like the distant shores of voyagers past the freedom and possibilities opened up before me. The fact i found nothing of interest meant little but the need to push onward was burned into my very being. 1000, 2000, 3000 Ly gone in a flash, it was simply amazing to be where i was. I never thought i would feel this again. But i did.
Of course i came across those amazing herbigs as i travelled. Truly amazing stars super hot and super small. the search for Earth like planets proved fruitless but it did not matter, i was out there, doing what i do. I felt free, more free than i had done for a long time. Of course there were amazing sights, stumbling across a system with 2 huge CN stars orbiting a single Herbig reminded me of the power of the cosmos. Spell bound by the darkness, i harked back to my trips to the end of the galaxy and the roof. The explorer truly is a pioneer pushing boundaries. Of course i would return to Colonia when it was all done but for now as i approach Way point 4 i am simply enjoying the freedom.
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