Tour2012

Journey to the East: 10 July 2012

Guardian of the Garden The clouds, Hurrying by, Making a good moon.   -Santoka Rough roads in Iowa The route mainly stuck to the ridges on this day, but went down and climbed back up several times making for a hilly morning. By the afternoon it had mostly flattened out with rollers. The landscape had these great little valleys, sometimes terraced for growing crops. Farmland of course was the view everywhere with endless amounts of…

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Journey to the East: 9 July 2012

Stone table Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain   The birds have vanished from the sky. Now the last cloud drains away.   We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.   -Li Po In which we climb out of the Mississippi River valley The route turned away from the Mississippi twice today, each time with a long hot climb out. The first of these pretty quickly turned south-eastwards and descended back to…

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Journey to the East: 8 July 2012

on the Great River Off-Road trail Settling, white dew does not discriminate, each drop its home   -Sōin Three states, one day I decided to ride the Great River Off-Road trail just across the Mississippi in Wisconsin inside of the primary route. So I crossed the river on this big bridge and rode the hwy on the Wisconsin side for a bit before entering the trail at Marshland. Very neat trail, thought wetlands and wildlife…

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