My journal – first entry, day one, August 27 .10
well well well, what a hummDinger of a day it was today, Oh yes sir. We are off to a great start, already love and donations of coffee and cliff bars are rollin in, I learned to respect fully the fact that I am on a bicycle which has been radically altered, ergo, completely new center of balance, I respect 18 wheelers, I understand why Steven King uses them alot, my pannier was literally exploded infront of my eyes, I remember thinking, that is my head if I am a fool again.
Not exactly sure, but somehow – my fault – it got loose and tangled with the spokes and almost took the bike down infront of the 18 wheeler i was trying to beat across the on ramp to a freeway, already you see the lesson waiting to be taught=)
So, there I was, feeling the bike going down, then a pop and I was on the other side of the on ramp looking back over my shoulder as the truck jams the breaks and stops, my yellow pannier was peaking out from well beneath the cab of the truck, i do not know what the driver was thinking, I was still thinking about my head and where it would have been had the bag not broken free, then the truck fired up and the backs wheels popped my bag. The guy behind the truck, nice guy, said he was sorry that it didn’t have to happen and he hoped everything was alright, it was and it wasn’t.
This was the only bag that had no electronics or really necessary stuff, I lost a whole tube of toothpaste, what a happy mess that was, trail mix, two cans of coconut milk that were so crushed they looked as if they would go the rest of the way at any minute, a bar of soap and soap holder and my two mangoes, which, one of my first thoughts was, well, they weren’t ripe anyway….
Beautiful ride, hanging out on front porch of guys house from couchsurfers.com, he apparently is at dinner if the note in the door handle is for me, and I must admit, he lives right across from gettysburg college, very chill spot….
Thats enough for now, wait for him to return, clean off toothpaste from everything, duct tape bag – it popped – and find a place to crash=)
Yay! My new favorite word, yay! I just cooked dinner, coconut curry and brown rice, good ninja food=)
I am still at my new friends home in the big country of Pittsburg, about an hour away from the town on 25 acres, and resting swell. My allergies are in overdrive, constant sneezing and runny nose action, soon I shall have the cleanest sinuses out of anyone I know.
I’m going to watch “The Holy Grail” – Monty Python style of course. I’m going to stay one more night here, my bike is tuned up, cables tightened, new brake pads on front wheel, back brakes tightened, Aero bars slightly repositioned, light mount installed as I will start doing night riding now, repaired the semi accident, looks good, used duct tape and super glue… well, this is some exciting reading, bet your sitting on the edge of your seat, won’t be able to sleep a wink tonight after reading this…… ha ha ha.
I have met a lot of very wonderful people on this journey, I am truly amazed and stoked at the America I am discovering as I journey out. I am happy to say I am proud to be an American once again. I am seeing that while there is confusion in regard to whom we want to believe, everyone wants whats best as far as I can tell, not that I’m anybody=)
Day 6 morning,
I may leave today, may stay another day, may leave, i think I may leave today and head to Pittsburg…. Dunno, I’m feelin ready, time for breakfast, Kung Fu and a moment of reflection.
O.k, where am I at? Well, i haven’t written here for a bit, So, I made it through Pittsburg, I stayed with a trippy hippy super cool family about an hour south of the city, I met a guy, Mr. Vechter, he helped me get there through the Pittsburg bike trail system. Such a nice guy, he chatted me up at borders due to the ninja racer 3000 (my bike) and next thing I knew he was unstrapping his bike from his car and showing me the way!
The family was so chill, such good food, the love was palpable=) Thankgod, for the ride to get there was some of the hilliest I have ever come across!
I got to hang in nature, stayed for two days, worked on my bike, relaxed.
I then got a ride form them to the city of Pittsburg where I stayed with a PhD. student/teacher who gave me some horse riding lessons and got to hang out with her roommate where we talked about politics, how to tie knots and the Communist Manifesto. I even got a copy of, we’ll talk more about that later, and a Hammock! No more sleepin on the ground=) I cooked a curry, the second time now I have had the pleasure to cook vegan for people on this trip, 2/2 success rate=)
I left the next morning and found my way out of Pittsburg, what a ride that was! The police were actually very friendly, one of them even gave me a pound (handshake kind style). The hills were torturous, but, thats what we’re here for.
I got some great views of the city when I took the incline, a sort of trolley that goes up the side of Mt. Washington., and had a great talk with a gentleman who was US Navy retired. One of the most profound things he said was, “ I’ll never get this war thing, i mean, take the jews for instance, here you have the Jews and the Palestinians, basically the same group of people and they have been fighting since Abraham, now thats a long haul, and for WHAT?”
To right, needless to say he was down for the pedaling for Peace, especially after he knew that I too was in the navy.
I got out of the city eventually by asking every walk of life in the city from Police to the homeless and all were equally friendly and helpful, Pittsburg is a cool spot=)
Once I left I decided that I was on the mission, I had to get to Seville as quick as possible in order to see my grandparents and just to make it interesting.
Begin the ninja ride! I rode for 36 hours with a 2 hour nap! It was fun, pushing it, cruising down the road in the middle of the night, flying, with only a small circle of light to show my way as I was on back roads that had no lights…
So, I have been here in Seville for 2 days and am ready once again to cruise. Tomorrow morning early, hit the road. Next stop Columbus.
I’m hoping to have my website up and running properly, for whatever reason, the guys who are working on it are unable to figure out how to make it work, so i am hoping and praying that someone will come along and make it all better, you know, this could be a really impactful(word?) tool, yet, if not done right, it will, well, whatever, this ride is mainly to get my head unstuck and figure out where I fit in this society, anything else is gravy. It’s just that there are so many riders out there pedaling for peace, I have the site name, we could turn it into something good for EVERYONE! Post your Peace ride here, that sort of thing, oh well, my tea bag had a Ben Franklin saying that he who can learn to be patient can have anything. O.K.
One of the big things for me has been my diet, VEGAN, that has been interesting, seeing how it plays out with different people, it’s working for me, hopefully I can open other peoples eyes, many believe that you will automatically become sickly with a vegan diet, and yet, here I am right infront of them, then, perhaps they think I am sickly=)
My main staples on this trip are:
mixed nuts with dried fruit – cashews, soaked almonds, pumpkin seeds, dates, pineapple, raisins and coconut flakes, I try for organic stuff.
coconut milk or water
raw bars – i.e. Larabar
water with small amounts of apple cider vinegar or green tea added.
Peanut butter or Almond butter
Whenever I find a place to stay for a day or so I try to eat a lot and build up my healthy fat layer, I also go for greens, lots of them as they are not so plentiful on the road. Roadside stands are great for fruit, peaches and apples seem to be in season, all in all I seem to have a fairly healthy diet, and yet, nothing seems to compare to what I had going on in Hawaii=)
I guess thats it for now, off to dinner tonight, then rest and an early start tomorrow!
It’s been a few days since I have written anything in my journal. I have met many people and had some really groovy times. Last night I stayed at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey, better know to us all as a Monastery. It has been here for around 150 years.
The trip is becoming something I never would have expected, things are lining up in ways I could not have foreseen, and yet, thats life, right?
It appears as though we truly are a headless state, no one I have spoke to thus far has anything but confusion and distrust when it comes to “the man”. No one wants what is going on on, and yet, here we are in the thick of it. I speak to many people, from hand and plastic surgeons to hippies pluckin the banjo just to get along in the hopes that someday they will be able to write a book from their experiences, no one agrees with what is happening, so why is it? Do we really just believe we have no power any longer? The state, government, do we even remember why it was started? How did it come to be what it is?
As best i can tell it was started to , doesn’t matter, all that does is getting it back to it’s appropriate place in the grand scheme of things such as our lives. Please, do not think I am a luddite who merely wants to throw us back to the time of the stone wheel, believe me, nothing could be further form the truth, my dream is different, it is the Atlantean dream without the dire end. We are quickly outpacing ourselves with our technological advances, this need not be so. Why is Star Wars such a fantastic leap for people to encompass? The essence of the Jedi was to blend technology with nature, the perfect symbiosis, one where neither detracted, both made the other stronger. Unfortunately we seem to be going the way of the big corporation, “the Darkside”, as it were, even in Star Wars they had a corporate logo, did you know that, the Empire was a giant corporation, do not be deceived into thinking that this anything less than what we are currently on task to producing should we continue down this path we are on.
The tide, slowly seems to be changing, slowly only from my viewpoint, perhaps for others it is fast, who can say, all I know is that there is a change coming and I am an active participant in it.
One person whom I had the pleasure of hanging out with told me, “think of your life and then look at the Galaxy, and then all the millions and billions even trillions of other galaxies, you amount to nothing…”
No truer words spoken, and yet, without me, the entire fabric of time and space would be different, without any one thing, the entire whole would be forever changed into something else, for all of our seeming worthlessness, we are fundamentally responsible for the how the picture is viewed while we exists, simply because we are.
I’m tired, it was a long day yesterday, it will be along day today, perhaps not so bad…. I am going to try and bike less, more 60 mile rides, let my body rest, I have been pushing it very hard, biking long distances and when not biking, when staying with friends and couchsurfing, i have been training – kung fu, capoeira – and still doing bike tours through the cities where i find myself. More rest, afterall, that which burns twice as bright, sometimes lasts half as long, I am beginning to think I have no clue exactly how bright I am able to burn=)
Brother Raymond has informed me that I am to have a “hot breakfast” in order to make my ride more pleasant, so, without further ado, time to avail myself of the Abbey’s hospitality. This adventure is truly shaping up as such. Everyday I make myself magical concoctions with herbs, placed in little hemp tea bags that slowly steep into my water whilst riding to give me energy and clarity of mind, I sleep in strangers homes as if i were a relative and now I am given refuge for a night in a monastery and shown around by a Brother in full robes. I do believe the magic that I have so desperately sought for my life is finally making itself fully apparent, I am living in a fairy tale.
Conversation I overheard in Hawi, Hawaii, roughly about the time Avatar came out between a group of older Southern ladies…..
“So she tells me all about this movie and it’s spiritual message…. What the hell is a spiritual message anyway!”
Bless her heart…
Then another conversation I overheard a snippet of in the Garden of the Gods, Shawnee State Forest….
“What do you do when your cardiologist tells you to quit? I was gonna quit at 40, then at 45, then when I got cancer, I know I should quit…”
Two books to recommend to you as they are both so very short and yet the impact of both of these books has been felt for globally for a very long time and maybe now we can hit some kinda 100 monkey thing – “The Communist Manifesto” by Marx and Engels and “The Tao Te Ching” by the Old Man/Boy…..
Aloha everyone. I have had such a spectacular time here in Cape Girardeau. Great people, really cool events, they even have a hash run which goes through the city and has beer stops, I’m in a non-drinking phase so I opted out, but went for the start, they had like 30 people show up! Very cool!
I give my first talk today at the South Eastern University of Missouri! Yay! I did a trail build yesterday at the Trail of Tears State Park, very cool, I never knew so much went into building a trail, now I know=)
Aloha for now, tomorrow I am getting a ride to St. Louis, then taking the Katy trail from St. Louis to Springfield, good times=)