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Journey to the East: 27 July 2012

Lock 34/35 on the Erie Canal A vague shape from behind – Into the drizzle, Disappearing. -Santoka Back in the U.S.S.A. It rained again overnight and was cool, overcast and quite humid as I left the hostel. The ride up along the gorge from Niagara Falls has many an interesting sight from whirlpools to dams to fascinating layers of rock. The crossing back into the states wasn’t quite as enjoyable: there was construction going on…

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Journey to the East: 26 July 2012

Your browser does not support the video tag Niagara Falls STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND   The hiss and flashing lights of a jet Pass near Jupiter in Virgo. He asks, how many satellites in the sky? Does anyone know where they all are? What are they doing, who watches them?   Frost settles on the sleeping bags, The last embers of the fire, One more cup of tea, At the edge of a high lake rimmed…

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Journey to the East: 25 July 2012

Canada! (said like “Benway!” in this clip, but with an extra syllable) MAPS AND MOUNTAINS   California topo maps all rolled up (“Roll up the sky like a hide”) Shall I ever be in those bright mountains, ever again?   -Philip Whalen A brief sojourn into Canada After a quite pleasant night at Evangola State Park I was back on the road heading north. But not for long before the route turned inland in order…

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Tour 2010: Riding Through

” Single people, whoever they are, feel their lonliness most acutely when they come home from a trip. Everything is there just the way it was when they set out. The flower in the vase has dried up, but the desk itself hasn’t moved.”  -Santoka from his journals. Reflecting on this tour I think it is fair to say that it was the most successful to date.  Sure it didn’t quite have the There and…

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Tour 2010 – day 8

Today I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time: wild camping, which is to say camping outside of a campground. Not true “stealth” camping where one is trespassing, no I’m on land where it is okay to camp. But it has a completely different feel to it: no services, nobody around, just out on the land. Why today, you ask, well let me start at the beginning. The first full day of…

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Tour 2010 – day 6

At last it’s cleared up; Today I will do the wash. – Santoka A day off from my travels, a chance to catch up on the mundane details but also a chance to walk around this great city. I spent the morning on those activities (laundry, currency exchange, blah, blah, blah), but the afternoon I walked to Granville Island. We used to visit Granville Island all the time when I was a kid but I’d…

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Tour2010 – day 5

Its a serious juxtaposition, walking around the streets of Vancouver, one of the largest cities on the west coast, mere days after being in a campsite in the Cascades without even potable water. I’m staying at the downtown Vancouver hostel, which I have to say is pretty nice, with the exception of an ensuite bathroom I’ve stayed at worse hotels. The hostel is more or less right in the portion of Van I know best…

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