The breaking point

I had played it safe. I had packed, I had carefully gone through my list of gear. I had planned for food & water & swimming. I had taken a route away from heavy traffic. I had used my GPS to make sure I wasn’t off course. When I was turned away at the campground, I

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Go or no-go?

It’s Saturday morning & everything is laid out on the floor. Arrayed for loading, like missiles for a jet fighter. I have filled the water bottles. I have put air in the tires. I haven’t told anyone where I’m going, or even that I am going anywhere. & I’m still looking for a way out.

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Pizza

There is nothing like riding your bike through the summer sun, only to discover pizza.

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Making the decision

One of the things they say is that when you make a decision, you remove all other possibilities. Having now made the decision, having now removed all other possibilities, I have begun to see how lost I have been in all of those other possibilities.

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Clear Thoughts

Sometimes we go out there seeking clarity. We believe that somewhere along the way we will be able to think clearly, figure things out, make sense of the mess that is our normal lives. & often this is very true. We go out there to think. This comes easily with our adventures. The change of

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Emergency Contact

They say that if you’re going to go off into the woods/desert/mountains alone, you should tell someone where you’re going & when you’ll be back so that if something happens, someone can send help. They say that if you’re going to go off into the woods/desert/mountains alone, you should carry identification & emergency contact information

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coming back

it’s hard coming back. this place is deaf, dumb & blind. an idiot box rendering everything inside stupid, drooling. everything i did is gone. it’s a memory i can’t believe. i just have the bug bites, the scratches to remind me. it was real. it was real. i hate who i am when i’m here.

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The New Bike Project

I am building a new touring bike. The plan is to build as much of it myself as I can. While a lot of companies produce solid stock touring bicycles now, I’m looking for something personal. I’m doing a lot of research into components, which means I’m also learning a lot. I get to talk

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Patience, or how I lost my Klean Kanteen

I had stopped somewhere near Schoharie Crossing. There was a small park next to the water & there weren’t many people around. I found a spot in the shade, on the rocks, & relaxed for a while. I saw a boat coming along the river. One of those fancy yachts that cost more than I

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Where have I been?

I stopped writing here 6 months ago & let the domain expire. But I have a new focus & this is the perfect space for it; so it’s back. A few months ago I went back to Canajoharie. I found the Place Where I Got Lost. (This could be a whole post. There is a

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