Another Star

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – MLK Jr Last night I slept beside an abandoned house that looked haunted when I found it. For only two hours, I rested with my back against the wall like a soldier who had … Continue reading

Sandman

May 30, 2011 Monday Today, I sat behind a cement wall for an hour, smack dab in the middle of the plains of Kansas. The short wall barely shielded me from the the 40 mph wind gusts and 101 degree heat. It was tough just making it the 25 miles to my midway point of … Continue reading

A Bad Day In Bike-Land

To put it bluntly, today sucked. For most people, the difference between a good day and a bad day is minuscule, rooted in the mundane parts of life. When I have a bad day, the difference is huge. What should have been an easily manageable 73 mile trip turned out to be a journey through … Continue reading

Fort Garland, Colorado

After biking only 26 miles, I found myself in the small town of Ft. Garland, CO (pop. <500?). The very nice Hawaiian woman who helps run the local market gave me a free package of “Hawaiian Crispy Wafers”, an addictive snack her family makes. I polished them off them off this morning. The manager over … Continue reading

Wolf Creek Pass

May 23, 2011 Monday I BIKED through WOLF CREEK PASS. YEE-HAWW. Every now and then, we the people, are fortunate enough to be presented with opportunities to make clear the full measure of our skill and will. The hands behind the curtain administer a relentless beating so that we can show ourselves what we are … Continue reading

Seasoned Drifter

May 22, 2011 Sunday The past few days in Colorado have made me feel like Clint Eastwood’s “Man Without A Name” character. I drift from town to town, drinking locally brewed beer, camping out under the stars (most of the time), all while never spending more than 24 hours in any one place. After leaving … Continue reading

Desert Exodus

By the time I left the Indian reservation lands, I was ready to move on. I had not lost any of my new-found appreciation for the area, rather, I was simply anxious to begin the next stage in my journey. As I neared the Utah-Colorado border, the scenery became bleak. Economic opportunity seemed increasingly minuscule, … Continue reading

The Day Dares To Question

May 18th, 2011 Wednesday “Ok, who did the rain dance?”, I asked the nice women at the Monument Valley visitors center. They chuckled and one admitted that she had been praying for rain. As soon as the drizzle ceased, I raced along route 163 toward Bluff, UT, my destination. As if the absolute lack of … Continue reading

Mirrored Realities

May 17th, 2011 Tuesday This morning I woke up on comfortable bed. After t’ai chi, I ate a breakfast of grilled peanut butter and apples on molasses wheat bread along with what may have been the strongest cup of coffee I have ever had. The combination was excellent. Later on, I was dispatched by Dr. … Continue reading

Desert Dreams

The road from Flagstaff to Cameron took me back into the the land of little rain and endless desolate expanses. However, this time, I was neither anxious or afraid. I gradually lost 3,000 feet in elevation while traveling north on route 89, eventually descending into the dry heat of the Painted Desert. It wasn’t until … Continue reading