Washington State Capitol building, Olympia WA
Ballad of the the Voyager
Ocean voyager, on heaven’s winds,
in his ship, far wandering…
Like a bird, among the clouds,
gone, he will leave no trace.
[note: I wrote these posts for the first couple of days of the tour after completing the tour]
The tour had barely gotten underway when I put it all on hold for a time. I spent the next three days in Olympia at a friends house taking care of business and recovering from the exertions of moving. All my remaining possessions are now in storage here in Olympia and a Post Office Box the closest thing to a permanent address. I’d been waiting on maps from the Adventure Cycling Association – the Northern Tier had two sections rerouted due to massive increases in traffic in the northern parts of North Dakota – and I got the set hot off the press. I used the time to reassess my rather overly heavy load and to lay in some necessary supplies. Trips to the Olympia Food Co-Op, REI and the grocery store completed my preparations. I ran most my errands on the bicycle, or on foot: keeping my hand in the game. It was cloudy and rainy most this week but there was sun forecast for the days ahead. Impatient to depart I awaked the opportune moment.
for the green shoots