Vegan Traveler or the Vegan on Patrol, NO NEED TO WORRY WHILST OUT AND ABOUT!

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go-veganMany people say two things, well, lets expand lest I oversimplify my thought.  Many people upon hearing I am vegan seem to shift to a select group of themes regarding my dietary preference.  These usually come in the form of, A. How do you get protein, my natural thought pattern will usually tend towards –  gee I dunno, same place a damn Brontosaurus {Rhina, Elephant, Gorilla et cetera} did.  And, B. What about cheese, I would simply die without it, to which I think –  goodness, thank heavens you don’t have any big responsibilities on our planet, and many, upon learning of my bike ride, immediately ask what I do for food as though another country is now another planet with beings that do not eat food as we know it here on this one.  We wonder why racism abounds to this day… Sigh.  It is this last comment that I wish to address with this post as it would break my hear t to think that some of you actually forgo trips beyond your comfort zone, i.e., wherever you live or are at least sure to not have much of a break in your routine.

This will not be a complex article, and I am hoping that it serves the purpose of impressing upon you a near urgency to travel… very far.  Travel I fully believe is the one thing which will bring the madness we currently see and hear raining down about our ears to a halt.  many of you are vegan and or vegetarian, well, no real and or about that, one or the other, apologies, and you do so as you feel that aside from helping you lead healthier lives and that animals are not cruelly treated, though in the case of the vegetarians, unless you are going to farms that milk by hand, you are living in lala land, my point is this, many of you have these diets as you want to see a better world.  Well, don’t let your diet restrict you from actually seeing it.

The first thing I want to look at is the last word in the first paragraph.  Routine.  This is a tricky word and for many, even when you travel, if you are unable to do certain things with zero deviation from what you are used to on a daily basis, you begin to become unhappy and find yourself wishing you were back home.  This is sad and unfortunately very common.

Lets look at some ways around this.  For starters, and yes I am getting to how to eat when you are not surrounded by megaplex grocery stores and Starbucks, back to routine.  There is routine and ritual.  Ritual is having a cup of coffee in the morning.  Routine is having a cup of coffee in the morning from the same coffee shop, down the street in a certain way, for instance, every morning when you awake, you do your morning thing, go to the local – insert name here – speak to – one of a few names here – behind the counter and order your – insert drink here – .  THAT, is a routine.  Many of you have many of them and may not even realize it.  I mention this and will now compare to ritual as it is important to note where discomfort comes from so you do not inadvertently blame a country or city or town or village when it need not bear the brunt of your, how shall we say, intricacies.  Ritual is simply starting your day with a cup of coffee with no real attachment beyond that.  Could be instant from a street vendor, it is merely there to help start the day.  Please meditate on this as it is a very key factor for why many are seemingly unable to eat vegan when out and about.

Second, we need to understand some basics of economy and global finance.  I do this so that logic helps to dictate this and not simply my word which many of you have no clue who I am, so your logic will help lend credence to my next sentences.

Most countries have their own form of vegetarianism/veganism, let us simply say plant based diets, due to the relative high cost of meat and dairy.  There are not the windfall of government subsidies based on lobbyists, of which we here in the USA enjoy a ridiculous amount of, coming from both the dairy and meat industries, while the organic vegetables lobbyists all see to be held hostage in a yet to be determined location… Not that it would seem anyone has even begun looking for them except Monsanto and that is decidedly NOT a good thing for you the budding vegetarian/vegan.  My point is this, know that whatever country you are gong to, your odds of being able to be fed well as plant based eater are very high, UNLESS of course you go to some far out places like the Antarctica or a snow bound region during the winter months, like the Steppe region in Mongolia that doesn’t enjoy a glut of European or United States influx of foreign produce.

In Asia, you will hear tell of the Buddha Diet, aka, vegan or at the very least vegetarian as with India, where, yes they have their Ghee, but they have more vegetarian and ergo vegan options, once you learn how to dance so to speak with the locals.  Many religions are plant based as they see the supreme importance of not eating animals.  Even Christanity states in the very beginning of the Good Book, “I have given you all the seed bearing plants and herbs to use.”.  Buddhism, Hinduism, The Muslim faith, so many religions, as you become an adept and reach higher and higher levels, the import of not eating animals or their by products, example: Dairy, becomes a given.

Fear not, the rest of the world has been doing this long before you thought of it and lucky you!  Its already set up, you just need to tune in.

Ghee by the way is a clarified butter used in cooking, very popular in South Asia, India, Pakistan, Iran and other countries.

Things that will help greatly in your travel is an ability to cook or in other words, to feed yourself.  Being able to cook, allows you to look at a menu with vegan eyes.  This means you will be able to look at what is in other dishes and remake them in your mind into food for yourself.  It is so very easy in countries that use mainly vegetables and dairy as removing dairy is very easy, especially with your failsafe detailed just a bit further on.

Now here comes subsection B to this, you need to learn to work with people.  In this case your wait staff, whether they be a young boy in the middle of Thailand, or the middle aged gentleman in the top story of an exclusive Singapore Hotel.  You must be personable, and this I believe is where most of the trouble comes in for people who complain of not being able to eat vegan when they travel.  We are simply, I speak now as one raised in the USA, not used to being kind and understanding of cultural differences, much less actually working through them with patience in order to get what we want, i.e. F O O D.  That we are hungry merely exacerbates said situation and the result can be catastrophic, well, I digress, the result can be missing a meal, which, if you are unable to work with someone to feed yourself, perhaps missing a meal will bring you back down to earth a bit, considering half the world does this an a daily basis.  Hmmm=]

VeganPassportOne method which is rather failsafe is the Vegan Passport available from the Vegan Society.  This book covers roughly 95% of the earths languages and says the same thing in all of them, please feed me, I am about to die and I do not eat anything that comes from animals.  Im kidding….=]  Its a wonderful little book and can be used when all of your miming and charades are seemingly getting you no where at all.  It is written with the most eloquence available and is sure to NOT have you trussed up and plopped into a vat of boiling oil!  It even has the failsafe section – vegan failsafe

 

 

 

Now we’re getting somewhere!

I have traveled to many different countries, The from the Mid East, to Asia, Australia, Europe, never a problem, there are simply no problems eating if you are a nice person willing to take a bit of time, not be an obnoxious rude tourist and take things with a grain of salt.  As we said before, one of the reasons for this diet is to have a more peaceful planet, remember that when you order a meal.

If when ordering you see that your explanations are not working, that the people do not care for your thoughts on animal cruelty or your holistic meat and dairy free approach to the diner table, not time to make them “See the Light”, no, in fact it is time for you to pull out your ninja card…

“Oh, Im terribly sorry, you see, I am actually allergic to dairy and after my stomach surgery, for some strange reason I can no longer digest meat of any kind.  I will simply die right here on the spot in a most horrible fashion, so, whaddya say we try this again?”.  Be full of smiles and understanding, touch your stomach from time to time, make it real.  It isn’t your job to convert people to the Vegan lifestyle, it is your job to eat, enjoy what you are eating and have an enjoyable time wherever you find yourself.

If you are in a very poor place, be prepared to pay for a meal you did not eat if it came out not according to your liking.  Not because you have anything to fear from the locals, but because you are compassionate and you understand and can identify.  In all of this, identify with your fellow humans as much as you do the animals you are refraining from eating.

Sometimes a plate of beans may come out with cheese sprinkled on it, scrape off the cheese, thank them and ask for another spoon or two of beans and RE-emphasize the no cheese request.  You must be willing to go with the flow.  As soon as you start getting upset you are not being a good vegan.  Your goal, again, is to eat and show that world that we are not assholes.  That is how you convert people. Vegan

If you find yourself in Asia, mention Buddha, or the Buddha diet and bring your hands together in a prayer position when you say the name.  Buddha is a safe God to speak of even if you are in a country that worships another God.  This is a consideration which is why I bring it up, you start spouting off about Christ in the middle of some places it may not fare well.  Don’t forget the amount of people that have died because of certain religious names.  To date, the monks who worship Buddha have yet to strike out and seek to convert the world to their way of thinking.  This is important and you would do well to show respect!  Now when I say this to you, I am not making light, I am being serious, you are vegan as no animals are used in your food, this is benevolence, by invoking the Buddha in Asia, you must not be flippant, do you understand, take it to heart and mean what you say and everything works out great.

You will want to take a few things with you, these will be superfoods and will fill in any gaps that may arise from an incomplete choice of fruits, vegetables, legumes [beans] and whatever else does not come from an animal.

1.  Nutritional Yeast.  Very light weight, extremely potent, covers your B’s intake which is supremely important [lack of B’s have resulted in misdiagnosis of Alzheimers, depression, a slew of unneeded complications], zinc and some other vitamins and minerals.  Very inexpensive and extremely powerful.

2.  Spirulina.  This is an algae in comes in Pill and powder form.  Basically a natural multi-vitamin.  I recommend the one from Hawaii, partially because I actually saw the place and met the people and it comes pre-packaged with Aloha and that is always a great thing!

3.  Cordyceps Mushrooms.  I have only ever found it in, obviously its natural form, and that of capsules.  Cordyceps are a powerful immune and overall enhancer for the body.  Very powerful!

4.  Maca Powder or Peruvian Ginseng.  An androgenic compound that keeps you ninja, click on the title for full information.  This is a luxury, take it if you have the room, otherwise, I have listed them in order from most important to carry to the least.

Check back in a week or so and I will have this updated.

 

Vegas is gone, welcome back to the real world…

During the week we were at Interbike nine people were murdered in my hometown (that I know about) and a friend of mine is missing… Welcome back home, right?

I have no idea how many times we were asked during this massive convention about our motivation for riding around the world on our bikes, having no home, spreading the word of an ideal for having peace in this world. Surrounded by hardcore cyclists from all over it actually sounds like the most obvious thing to do: leaving everything for living the dream of cruising around on a bike, can any cyclist out there think of anything better?

However, in that ambient of passion and adventure, it’s easy to focus only on the bright side, on the thrill, the challenge and the fun. While that is definitelly a major motivation and it IS incredibly fun and exciting, Pedaling for Peace is for me a desperate measure.

Better said, a measure not to become desperate.

When I joined this adventure I received all kind of comments from my friends and family. Many of them, actually, not very encouraging. They were scared and worried imaging little me riding across wild Mexico. I was scared and worried too. I am.
One friend told me that it is not possible to create peace by riding a bike, that if it was so easy the world would be different… Hmm…

Well, I know that. I never thought otherwise.
But I also know I can’t sit still and carry my everyday life while people are killing eachother on a regular basis for money and pride. Let this be my tool for rebeling from a society where disfunctional is normal. Let this be a peacefull mean for change, so while most likely we won’t get to experience peace in the world, maybe we get to find peace within ourselves.

I am not there yet. At all. I am angry. I am scared. I think about my missing friend and am filled with impotence. And the biggest challenge, the most important one is snapping out of it. I refuse to feed this masive state of fear that covers the world.

So we post our little recipes, we smile to people around us while riding, letting them think we’re silly, we plant a garden here and there and maybe at the end of the day, we can sleep knowing we did something. Because as far as I’m concerned small actions matter. And I believe the biggest change can be done with the small action of being happy and at peace.

I believe a smile is more powerful than a gun.

23. A Beginners Guide to Bicycle Touring – Things before you go…

I know, I know, you just want to get on with it already….  Almost there, this will make your ride better, I PROMISE!

Make sure your teeth are good to go before you head out, it is one of the few things that will easily cause everything to fall apart quickly.  Having a tooth problem.  The only reason I would not take care of a tooth problem prior is if I were headed to a country that was know for good dentists at a much cheaper rate.  Thailand, Mexico, India, all are well known for A+ dentistry at super low rates compared to The USA.

If there are any special medications, make sure you have them.

If you rely on glasses to see, take a spare pair, this is very lightweight and you may find yourself in a place that cant make you a set if your break!

Make sure you have funding and you have spoken with your bank in order to let them know where you are going and not to shut down your account if they see charges outside the norm, which is common these days…

If you own a home make sure it is ready to be un-inhabited.

Make sure someone knows where you are going, unless this is a serious mission and you are out the door never to return type thing…

Make sure to have fun, and if you’re not, let yourself know its O.K. to stop, to go home, to settle… Life is an adventure, this is a piece of that…

Aloha!

Bike ride to Ventura, Communion in Ojai, and one of the greatest companies in the world to work for….

Lets start with the bike ride for those rare folks who actually follow this to hear about my biking, much has happened in this arena.

The ride to Ventura was, in a word EPIC.  For starters, i must commend the Great Republic of California for it’s attention to detail with the Pacific Coast route.  How they managed to make a bicycle route so clearly marked that in all the miles I have been riding it – and lets be succinct, I started noticing it near Oceano, so from my talk with the wonderful children of Oceano Elementary to now, it has been a breeze, no maps needed!

Back to now, or 2 days ago.  The ride was epic, I of course made the NUMBER 1 mistake of seeing bright happy sun, this would be the morning of the day after I was given an opportunity to speak before the man and women of Fishbon artist collaborative, for some reason i re-call bowing a lot, why not, how often to do you get to be on the front page of a paper and speak to ninjas in the field of Art, so i bowed….

I got up, I was allowed to sleep at the collective on the 3rd floor, woke up, gathered my things from the Hostel where I met Rachel from Brittain, what a hoot she was, and off I went, such a fantastically beautiful day, bike path pretty much the entire way down the beach, huge bike lanes, me with no shirt never once realizing what was going on to the skin on my back…

I got to lend a hand to a guy with a flat and got to race a couple who was decked out in ninja racing gear, i got them on the flat, when the hill came my 120 lb load negated my superior ninja skill….

Upon arriving in Ventura, well, I hope everyone can have a string of good fortune like that, keeps a person smiling.  I got a place to stay from Shelley, beautiful lady who owns the Bike Depot, then went to Patagonia, the gentleman i was to meet, George was not in, never the less, i was given a meal at their cafe, and I mean a meal, then went to my couch host, Mark, I was wholly unprepared for this place, felt like I was walking into a tropical Asian styled meditation center, way to go dude, you rock!

We cooked a great vegan lasagna and the next day i went to meet with George at Patagonia again and not only got hooked up with sweet gear, BUT, got hooked up with Chris, sponsored by Patagonia and I’m sure others, AND rides for the Heart Association teaching kids to be healthy at schools AND (yeah, this dude is a ninja), he does something that I can not tell anyone about lest the magic be lost, AND, he hooked me up with Mike (?), a former racer and now paid PETA activist, very rare, they went through everything I had and helped me lose HALF OF MY STUFF!!!!!  My time moving forward will be a breeze, I weigh half as much=)

Ray, from Rays bikes, replaced my front rim with an Easton 50, I had an Aksium racing rim, which was rad, and due to it’s flat blade spokes made the sweetest sound heading downhill, like a ninja chopping corn in a field….. really?

So, the problem with this was the spokes, the flat spokes and the inticacy of design would make it very difficult to find replacements, so much so that not even Joselyns who honored me with it had replacements.  So now I have SUPER NINJA front rim….

I got the download from chris and Mike(?) and Chris’s girlfriend who is a doctor, I mean, I’m outside of myself with the love being sent my way… Thank you, from the top and bottom of my heart, thank you!!!

Eves dropping now, Reese Witherspoon just got married in Ojai and big ballers all around=)

Tonight I go to a magical property to get some high intensity ninja training and a vegan dinner/potluck….  So much happening..

So, I’ll be here for a couple days, went to church this morning and was given a wonderful time, Many thanks to the Ojai Valley Community Church, I wrote down two things – Acts 17. 25 and John 4.32  whats it mean to you….?

Right, now, I have been given the gift of a tune up, so, away I go=)

Aloha!

 

P.S.  One of the best sayings that I have heard in a good long while – from the movie Ong Bak 3, thanks to tony Jaa for being waaaaaaaaay beyond ninja, anyway the quote ” where there is shadow, light is nearby”.  lets remember that moving forward, it is easy to focus on the shadow never once acknowledging the light that makes it so.  Lets now start turning our daily conversation to the light.

Killer Amoebas From outer Space…

My gandpa used to say that all the time, got watch out for those killer amoebas…

Yeah, guess so.

Leaving San Fran was tough for me, i really love the city, like a big city made of little towns, people are friendly, people seem largely happy, except when they drive, cars somehow make people mad ultimately, I am still working on this, so we are in theory only.

I made it to the happy town of Half Moon bay with little to no trouble, nice ride, LOTSA hills.

I did some ninja camping on a cliff overlooking the ocean and had quite a night re-adjusting to my mummy sleeping bag/bivvy sac.  I tossed and turned so much I cant remember actually sleeping, and yet, i rode to Santa Cruz the next day, so i must have done something at some point=)

The ride from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz was interesting at best, you know, i need to be more of a man anyway, it was interesting.  It is rare that I have had to pedal DOWNHILL, and yet there I was, of course, the extreme headwind was backed up by the ever popular, steady cold drizzle/blast or hard rain.

Absolutely nothing like it to get me screaming at God the sky, wind, rain, basically showing people how truly inept at being one with the planet I am.

I am staying with some of the raddest people here in Santa Cruz, it’s beautiful, things keep coming together more and more and more.  I’m not sure HOW this is going to come together, but for sure it is, apparently i am mean to…

 

O.K., I love Santa Cruz, also, i am learning what it is to be en-guarde.  these bike theives are so super smooth and fast, like waaay beyond ninja fast, So far my under saddle bag is gone and all my lights.  Strange in a way, one of the most chill laid back places, and yet the bike crime is ridiculous, not just me and my sob story, I was talking with the Bike co-op, the Bike Church Santa Cruz and they get broken into with a regularity to the point they have some hard core window dressing….

K, time to talk to the guys at Spokesman, i need a tube, it was stolen…..=)

Aha! Now I’ve got it! Celibacy is needed to round out the Ninja….

Celibacy, thats the key that I have been missing, at least, thats what I believe, and I am not coming at this from a positive or negative, I think it may be part of the underlying fabric of things that huge adventures to bring about some change, or exploring love with another, requires an equal amount of energy and, at least for this soul, it is a option “A” or “B”, not, however “A,B”.  I will have to do some research on this to be sure if I am knocking on the right door, it kind of came to me as I was thinking about my trip thus far…

See, I allowed my self the luxury of riding across the states without having to DO anything BUT, make it across to CA from PA. My reasoning behind this was to ensure that I would finish the ride, my only pressure was making it….  You know, I have never done this before.

Well, here I am.  Given what I want to do, now I have to go into the trip I was just on and the overall outcome based on what I was doing and then based on how that would play into things if I would have started my mission already…

Time to look at the tale of the tape starting with the first Celibate hero, that comes to mind…

Jim Jarmusch made a recent film which I dare not launch into conjecture about what the aim was, the very filming was so epic, that, no matter how many times I watch it I end up in the same mind space, the man, Mr. Jarmusch, is truly amazing, then you get into Deadman and  Down By Law, I never even saw Ghost Dog, was told it was rad…  well…… blah blah blah, amazing.

Limits of Control is the movie which defies my ability to explain, not defies, there is just no point, you, must see it.  Focus…..  The main character, or the pivotal role was played by, well, i refer to him as James Bond for the illumined, in one part fo the movie you learn that when it comes to him being confronted by a  knockout lying naked on his bed holding a gun on him, she asks if he wants to… you know….. he states, “never while I’m working”….

Line 6 of the Epic Poem/song, Impossible Dream, “…To love, pure and chaste, from afar,…”

Laundry list of persons real and imagined which could only do their good as long as they were sleeping single….

Batman, Red Sonja(could best nearly any moratl man as long as she did not lay with one), Jughead, Judge Dredd, Wallace from Sin City, Eddie Murphy in “The Golden Child” was told by the Buddhist Master he must stay celibate to complete the task, Sir Gawain, Sherlock Holmes, Tintin, Dumbledor (Harry Potter), Dr. Who (British, Tardis, time travel), Secret Agent – aka – Danger Man, LADY GAGA!!!!!(one of the very few “public” people I would go on a date with=), The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Jesus, Master Chief in Halo (gotta love the backstories, his celibacy comes from too many operations from all his injuries, one of the side effects), Ghandi, Newton, Nikola Tesla, Joan of Arc, Lawrence of Arabia, Et Cetera.

So, for me to come to this idea, apparently, I am in good company.

I must say, this San Francisco experience is becoming more and more trippy, Thursday I roll….=)

Part of me thought I might find that special someone and would be able to settle down once I got my peace initiative well underway and rolling on its own steam, in the thinking I have been allowed to do, here, in San Fran, thinking about my entire trip, my whole life…

I’m beginning to think I dont want to find”the one”, or anyone, I dont think I ever did, I know that I did not want to be alone, and yet, I no longer feel alone and when I am alone it seems things go my way, as soon as I connect in with another, things go a decidedly different direction….

I don’t want to find the one, I just want to save the world so everyone else can….

 

I love San Francisco!

Another sweet mountain bike ride yesterday with total extremes of highs and lows, a, well, not sure if it is a low or a high, went over the bike handles at speed and supermanned into bushes that were full of poison Oak and Ivy.  I did not get a new skin condition if you’re wondering=)

Saw Sammy Haggar, thats always a high point in my book, afterall, wasnt he responsible for the song “Right Now”.

Met a lot of really cool people yesterday in the biking world, Thanks for introducing me to all these cool people Maurice.

Saw True Grit the other night in a movie theater where they serve real food and great beer, felt like I was in Europe for a minute, but then, it was baby night, so, plenty of auxiliary noise=)

My goldfish swims in a big bowl…

That was the quote from the other day, included were such favorites as, “If I wasnt so hung over I would make a good dad”, a favorite of mine, ” its three bi-sexual girls, of course it’s going to be an orgy…”…

I have been seeing and hearing things that I once believed were relegated only to the cinema, not real life, my life has stretched the envelope so far at this point, I have no idea what is or is not normal…

I dont even know where I am going or what I am seeking any longer…  You are reading the words of a fool!

I was at the Grand Canyon yesterday with two gentlemen from France, one was a sublime musician the other, a man who quit his ridiculous amount of money computer job to simply travel, for a long time.  I may never again have the pleasure of hiking into one of the most awe inspiring landscapes whilst being serenaded by Frenchmen singing songs about Owls catching dinner….

I’m having a beer, it’s early, but, well, it was there….

Sometimes I think I get it, that I have it figured out, other times, well, like this morning, it’s not that I am sad, or melancholy, but, I just feel lost…  The great thing is, I have come to that place where i know its all good, the “I’ll be taken care of” type of thinking, “god has my back”, I need a sign.  The Ranger form the Grand Canyon told me she wanted to take me to Arches Nat’l park and some crazy adventure….  Could be cool….  Lets see if she writes.

I’m stoked to be going back to Vegas, so many people I have not seen for some time….  Will they still know me…  do they care=)

Listening to Holosync Meditation and dreaming of Vegan Ninja Curry

Will i be able to type at the same time=)

I used my new sleeping bag/sleep pad last night, keeps me warm enough, and of course, as it is a mummy bag, drives me nuts, being so confined and so uncomfortably hot, I have to keep my African wrap between my legs as they sweat like the dickens, thats the cute way to say whats really going on=)

there is a part of me that, ok, now listening to music, Sally Shapiro – Looking at Stars, FM remix version…

A large part of me is dead, or, thats not really what i am trying to say, I don’t know who I am any more….

There was a time yesterday where i didnt know where i was going to stay and hereI am waking up in a tree house on the banks of the Rio Grande on an organic perma-culture farm with mature orchards….

I am all alone, I have the place to myself today until my host returns home with friends, allof whom i shall cook for, vegan winter squash curry…

It’s easy to make, seriously, you will spend more time chopping and smelling an aroma which can only be considered magical as it is far more than the ingredients would lead you to believe is possible, you want the recipe?

I will use the following vegetables:

brocolli, cauliflower, variety of peppers – hot and mild, crushed garlic, minced ginger, onion, winter squash (take your pick=), potatoes, sweet potatoe, bamboo shoots, I think i remembered carrots, red cabbage…  You can put what vegetables you want.

Slowly add hardest ingredients to softest, getting them all nicely stir fried.

Feel free to add Tofu or Tempeh or, be non-vegan and add your meat of choice, heavy red meats do not mesh well just so you know.  I have been told by many that this is better meat free, so, be bold my carnivorous friends, you needn’t tax your body for a good meal, try it simple..

When stir frying try and use coconut, grape seed or sesame oil, they are high heat and add flavor and many health benefits.

At very end of stir fry, add curry paste and stir fry this with vegetables.

add coconut milk till it reaches, almost, the uppermost veggies.

add some water

Cook some noodles now, or if you are using rice, i would use brown, it should have been cooking.  easy way to make rice, put rice in pot, wash it till the water is clear.  Fill water so it is a half inch from top of rice deep, like if your finger was in the water gently resting on top of rice layer, your first knuckle joint should be wet…  Heat it till it boils heavy, then reduce heat to simmer and cover, should be done in a bit, check every so often as sometimes it does its own thing…  If too hard when almost all water is gone, slowly add little more, little amounts…

Let coconut veggie mix simmer for some time, till everything is soft, feel free to add cardamom, cumin, tumeric and hot peppers, stretch your mind with it, make some alchemy…..  this is good food that will make you strong, its what ninjas eat before missions, make it with pride and feeling…

From Holosync meditatoin to Lady GaGa Alejandro re-mix….  What a life=)

Here are the first couple weeks, seriously, I was on a roll =]

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=)
Aloha!

Day 5
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=)
ALOHA!

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.

Day 7
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!

Later……

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.

Aloha!

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=)