Tour2012

Journey to the East: 9 August 2012

The Atlantic from Cadillac Mountain The spring sea — all day long it rises and falls, rises and falls   -Yosa Buson Vanishing Point If a tourist town can wear one down I always can find solace in the woods. So this day I spent at Acadia National Park riding the Carriage Paths and up Cadillac Mountain. These carriage paths are pretty fun – hard packed gravel paths, lined with stone the wend through this…

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Journey to the East: 8 August 2012

Baa-Haa-Baa Hollyhocks fall to the ground trampled underfoot at the festival   -Masaoka Shiki 100 days of solitude Today was the hundredth day since I handed over the keys to my apartment in Seattle and set off: homeless and filled with wanderlust. While I, of course, always intended to cross country at that point it was a journey without much of a goal. That is to say I figured I’d ride where the whims took…

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Journey to the East: 5 August 2012

Brunswick Cemetary The image, as in a Hexagram:   The hermit locks his door against the blizzard. He keeps the cabin warm.   All winter long he sorts out all he has. What was well started shall be finished. What was not, should be thrown away.   In spring he emerges with one garment and a single book.   The cabin is very clean.   Except for that, you’d never guess anyone lived there.  …

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Journey to the East: 4 August 2012

Summit of Kancamagus Pass over the mountain’s silence silent rain   -Santoka Last pass to cross past (perhaps) Today I crossed the seventh (eighth if you count the Middlebury Gap) pass of the tour and crossed into Maine the 14th and final state of the tour (plus one Canadian Provence). The day was again hot and humid and the wind out of the south didn’t help much as the route on this day would oft…

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