Lost journal entry, FOUND! Just prior to reaching San Jose del Cabo, and Diana does a dance, we find cows, get attacked by dogs and my my, a Tropical Storm=]

What a day!  First day back on the road after a two week stay in Centanario with Miguel and Niurka, and Glenda and her family in La Paz.
Centanario would be like a suburb of La Paz for those of you in the states reading this.
Miguel and Niurka were rad, truly rad people.  Miguel, actually a German born citizen, blonde hair blue eyes the works, is a web ninja dude for a camera stabilization company and his hobby turning full time deal is making social justice or is it injustice [?] movies.
He built his house by hand, has lived in Mexico for some 30 years now, came as a young man and just sank roots.  Got his citizenship when Mexico had a 300 dollar citizenship deal, even got the street his house is on named after him – Calle Miguel Alemange – Mike the German
We cooked, we laughed, we lounged in a home that was idyllic as it was pulled together over 30 years with a master plan all the while and just being inside it was like being in a movie.Then we went to Glendas house=]  For starters, it is one fo the first times I have stayed with a freind of a friend who had no clue who we were, and vice versa.  She reached out to us via facebook and i could not be more stoked we went.  She is rad, her son gave us his room, there was never the slightest pressure of overstaying our welcome and it is through her that big things happened.  We spoke with wee ones at el mangle summer cmp, had a cranio sacral workshop, gave a nutrition talk at the state center for rehabilitation, kayaking, met the local bike club, wouldve met another had I not broke down and had shitty beer, but the six am call time was too fantastic an idea for me on that sunday morning…Last night we stayed at la pila, almost at san bartolo, maybe three to five k prior.
Now, it was a most interesting day indeed.  And as we know with chinese curses, interesting is not always good, but, in retrospect, it s all good as it is grist for the wheelstone.
We left la paz early, at first light, well almost, the coffee caused memto spend some time on facebook in the bathroom, ergo, we missed first light bybdefinitelyngot out the door by third light, not that its an actual term, but i hope you found it silly…
The ride was great and we changed terrain!  Everything is green, it is raining now as i write this in fact.
We rode sixty some kilometers at which point i began to feel the tug of heat exhaustion.  Remembering what I read and learned, which we will be writing an article on soon, once bitten, you must be twice shy for up to a year as your body has to recover on a cellular level and this takes even the most top notch athletes t i m e.  One athlete was tested with a liver biopsy four months after a bout and still had damage!
I got to the point where i told diana to just go on without me to the next town or stop and I would work it out.
She of course declined my silly yet gallant offer and instead gave me her water and off we went.  Just as I was getting ready to find a spot to die in on the roadside, we found La Pila.
The food was great, beans rice ensalada hot sauce, the water with lime, nectar of the gods and then it got fun…
When we were setting up the tent , we noticed a big as dog. Pitbull with teeth that were so big they didnt even fit in his mouth, not exaggerating.
I tossed and turned as I do when I camp and diana went to relivee her bladder, well…
Really raining now, you know I got sunburn yesterday and the sun only shone once, of course it did shine on us from a small tiny break in the clouds so i felt like the chosen one for all of five minutes…
I heard barking, then I heard multiple animals barking, then diana was at the tent saying she felt she needed to be inside as soon as possible, I heard the barking very closettle and sounds around the tent coming from the back slowly to the front…. My goodness, she is such a polite lady when the furry velacoraptors were getting ready to make a strike…
She made it inside, the dogs barked at us and luckily thought the tent was some kind of defense that they were unable to penetrate, thank god!
As the adrenaline of that incident wore off, I finally began to slip into oblivion, it was then I heard the first drops, I told myself that it would be a brief shower and to pay no mind….  Well, the drops kept dropping and the speed increased, sigh… time for the rain fly as now we were being rained on in the tent!
This was, as may be able to imagine, a debacle of great delight for any fly on the wall dry enough to watch.  Two people, tweaked from lack of sleep, trying to put on a rainfly, in a downpour, while watching for killing machines with fur and teeth with one flashlight.
Suprisingly we had many dreams, both of us, though it felt like we slept little, I for one woke up whenever furry razor tooth came by sniffing, or I thought the other was checking up on our bags…  Everytime I was left with the remnants of some amazingly wild dreams…..
Neil gaiman would have been proud…
We are now at a humble hotel, twenty eight bucks, cheapest in the town of San Barrillo.  A truly humble man owns it, I dont know his name, but he just gave us a discount and a cold gallon of water….  No hot water in the shower but a man has to become strong at some point, not to mention, be thankful simply for the power of running water… How often for many of us is it overlooked as a god given right, never realizing that you see people daily who will not know water or even food that day….
The gentleman said it would rain the rest of the day into tomorrow morning…
We saw cows and Diana danced…

I love it!  The low clouds, the drops going from heavy to soft, a mist and then a storm.  The smell, the desert in rainy season during rain may benone of my most cherished smells if you can follow me..
We hung out a little spot in a small town this am after leaving and its fun times, Diana did some yoga, I read Agatha Christie, very suprised that the book I was reading is the one that introduces Poirot to Hastings.  Obviously if you do not follow them or mystery writing, than this will be entirely lost on you.  If however you do not know of the pair and like Watson and Sherlock Holmes, you may like them a lot. I wonder who was first, I feel that Holmes was before Poirot, they are so very similar the two sleuths and thier, I want to say sidekicks and yet, muse seeems more the fitting a monicker.
Off for more beans and rice in a bit, after Diana showers….how Diana manages her long showers in the cold water, well, we can leave thatnto poirot=]
Turns out the rain was a cyclone….  But now that the rain has broken… We ride!  (yet another reason to bike tour, saying stuff as that 🙂
The rain started three kilometers later….  As a joke I stuck out my thumb for a ride from the cover of the little store we were taking cover at.  Whaddya know, a lady pulled over from the road and drove us to San Jose del Cabo.  The rain just got harder and harder.  When we got to San Jose, the streets were rivers, some were impassable, cars were trapped by mud slides, it was epic!
we ended up staying with her friend and went to the baja brewing company that evening,,she had a 4×4, so it made things easier…

Pedaling for Peace


Know your food, know thyself, or something like that….

 

Its clear as day down here

3rd world… 1st world, there will always be a sort of third world or under class countries, its how you keep the schmoes in the first world country happy.  The rulers f the third world countries and first world countries made thier deal and depending on where you first poked your head out of a vagina, there is your first roll of dice by the fates.
For those of the first world…  The thinking that getting starbucks is equivalent to having it all worked out, well, bingo moron, its the same down here, just not as many options, but same shit, has been that way since man put it all together and you voted for and continue to vote for today.
You wake up, depending on the time and your position, your morning ritual will vary. Some of you will have time to grab a McScrewU to go with a cuppa joe, others a starbucks latte with a pastry, some perhaps a power green smoothie and a power bar and others will have poached eggs on toast triangles with Blue Mountain cofee served in Sterling Silver, on and on up the food chain, the higher you go, the more choices you have.
Most of the workers herel Mexico (considered by you and your govt to be 3rd world) have three options, OXXO, which is akin to 7-11, local super tiny joints with home coffee brewer as coffee service or coffee simply at home.
Why am I prostelytizing… I guess Im sick of living a lie and now that it is so abundantly clear to me, I want everyone else to stop living it as well.  Right, like if I found the cure for cancer or aids or stupidity, I would share it with evryone, this, for me is a potemtial cure for ignorance.  Once you are able to look at how the food you eat got on your plate, you are in bliss.  I have posted the video “Farm to Fridge”, what, I dunno, 15 times on Facebook, usually the same two people like it everytime.  i post a picture of a guy getting a soccerball in the face, BAM, 20 likes…?
And yet you all eat, but NO ONE wants to even talk about it, no one wants to know.  You dont even want to know, dont want to see.  You dont wish to hear about how your greens and fruits come from far and wide….  No, none of that, then you may have to realize the life you live is a L I E.  Unfortunately for me, the reason this is all so moving for me, is it is a lie for me as well.  I never once in my current position could do what I am doing without help from many.  My food, my bike, tent, etc.  I didnt make a bit, nor a stitch of my clothing,mso, please understand, I do not decry your actions as evil, so much as Inwish this to be a mutual comiseration of guilt in the hopes of making some real change…
Well, liars or not, moving on….
Unless you are at the top of the command chain, you are a cog, you think youre not but thats only because you allow yourself the comfort of ignorance (arrogance is usually just before the fall:). You think you arent a cog and yet most of what you do is base on fear of what will happen if you dont do it, produced by situations you dont really want yet wont “fit in” unless you do them!  What kind of existence is that, and then we teach generation after generation to do the same, which at this point, with the veritable cornucopia of knowledge floating around, you are essentially teaching ignorance generation after generation.
I just passed by a couple mega farms down here, the produce of which will see the U.S. before it trickles back  the country it was grown in.  Driscolls and FreshPac were the two farms I saw….  all those veggies you eat, yummy goodness, both organic and non organic and by god he chemical factories down here, you had best be getting the organic, or your hosed, we see it first hand, cause we are here, you are not, you are the consumer, be informed.  There are chemical companies down here by the dozen.  Why, if I were in the market for petro chemical fertilizer, bug sprays, weed killers, you name it, no problem, try to find a bottle of simple ice tea with no sugar, problem.
Point is, its in your food, we saw three tractors geared for spraying leaving a chem plant this morning, the drivers, dressed like NEST response team members at an alien crash landing…  Plants absorb chemicals, this may be rocket science to some, but it is true none the less.
Your food is being grown in a desert and shipped to you.  Even if it is “organic”, It is grown with water that isnt drinkable, thats why everyone buys bottled water, in the whole country… You didnt think they watered the many acres of berries and greens with bottled water for you… ?!?HAHAHAHAHA!
Of course its not grown in your own country or the E.U., (for those given the basic US education, E.U., stands for European Union, that big clump of area above Africa where your diamonds and a lot of oil and raw materials come from, and to the left of Mother Russia, who once they chilled out with thier Commie Antics, your government then created “Terrorists” to take up the potential slack in defense spending.).
Why does it go to EU and USA, cause all they do is grow genetically modified soy, wheat, corn, cotton and rice (this is a blanket statement for the production of the ENTIRE USA and E.U., dont be upset if you know a guy who has a farm and grows eggplants, thats great, really is, its just that it doesnt represent your country anymore, it represents what you wish your country would do, but instead you keep voting not only at the joke elections, but at the supermarket, and you what you buy is then subsidised by thier respective governments as it is a more valuable crop.  Cause you eat unhealthy, dont believe me, why then is there an “Obesity Epidemic”?  Riddle me that…
Know we can start to put some of this insane picture together, or we can simply call of this incoherent rambling and continue being ignorant, which is fine, that kind of works itself out in the hospital later….  Just sayin, it does, and YOU KNOW it does.
So what can you do?  Enough bashing me and tell me where to sign on!  I wish it were so easy.  I used to think that if I ate healthy, I was doing something good for the planet, but, when you peer a little closer….well, lets do just that!
When you buy from a mega health store such as Whole Foods, you arent helping anything or anyone in the world but yourself.  If you really wanted to do the world a favor with the standard hippie/yuppie new age vegan organic field raised etc etc etc, save the planet diet, you would eat what is readily available in your area where you live.  Problem is you have this job and cant afford to move just yet to a place where you can grow your own veggies and milk your own fing cow and blah blah blah?… but thats a goal of yours.  Like you would really milk a cow, you cant even sprout a seed!
In the meantime more beer from monks in France, cheese from Holland, crackers from Germany, veggies and fruit from the rest of the Americas (you are a citizen of the United States of America, ths oweer is only one part of America as a whole, for instance, people in Mexico, live in America, they do not live in the United States.  People in Guatemala, they too live in America, they live in Central America….  I know a whole Xenophobia thing, its O.K., you were taught that, the ignorance thing, well, at least you were taught its O.K., as for doing it on a daily basis, thats all you…) and there you are, healthy person helping out right.?  Do you really think so?  You must be able to tell that by buying things that are shipped in from all over the world because they arent grown OR -M A D E- in your country you are definitely contributing to an imbalance, especially when the people that grow/make the damn shit in the first place cant even afford to buy it or are even given the CHANCE to do so!
Its a tough world, especially if you find yourself a parent or morals, now you have to make peace with the fact that you are stealing from future generations with your purpose driven ignorance.
Maybe thats mans affliction, a “Purpose Driven Ignorance”, or PDI, caused by the ability to rationalize coupled with a linear time frame.  We’ll get into that later…
Now of course, time for me to be the hypocritical healthy guy and have a beer, one that I am proud to say is brewed and bottled here, but like up the road, we passed it on the ride in:)