Tour2012

Journey to the East: 16 July 2012

Sunset over Lake Fletcher No matter what, you are lonely, my shadow: I move it to see   -Hōsai Ozaki Chasing shadows The temperatures have been rising and this day was clear and blue and would get to the upper 90s (f). Riding away from Iroquois, back among the fields, I soon crossed the border into Indiana – no sign to indicate my crossing, just the road number changed. Little else changed though, it was…

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Journey to the East: 15 July 2012

King Corn In the tree’s shade – A wind, Travellers both.   -Santoka flatland Back again amongst the corn and soy in the heat, this was probably the most monotonous day yet of the tour. Almost completely flat with just the gentlest of rollers now and again. There was a light breeze from the west pushing me along most of the day and nary a cloud in the sky to block the suns rays. The…

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Journey to the East: 13 July 2012

Wind Power Wet, Yet walking in the rain, This is a care-free journey.   -Santoka Tilting against windmills Really humid this morning and though there were clouds to block the direct sun it just got hotter and more uncomfortable as the day wore on. The landscape was again almost all cornfields with the occasional rolling hill but there were several wind farms to break up the monotony. I really enjoy these big abstract windmills and…

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Journey to the East: 12 July 2012

Last view of the Mississippi if I cross – How many mountains and rivers, When shall I reach, The realm of no loneliness. Today also traveling.   -Bokusui Farewell Big Muddy Today I rode away from the Mississippi which has been a near constant companion since Itasca, MN. The nights camping on the edge of the river was excellent; one of the best ‘grounds in a while. When. night feel it became sonically rich with…

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