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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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Journey to the East: 7 July 2012

It was like a fire in the sky Everyone’s journey through this world is the same, so I won’t complain. Here on the plains of Nasu, I place my trust in the dew. -Sōgi After the storm Last night, around midnight, a thunderstorm rolled through bringing with it torrential rain and cooler temperatures. After it had passed I actually got into my sleeping bag for the first time in several days. The next day dawned…

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Journey to the East: 6 July 2012

Back in Minnesota (again) Idly, I wander to the flowering peak. Morning sun: its glory blazing All around, in sunlit emptiness White clouds, and cranes, fly.   -Han Shan Wisconsin, no Minnesota, aaaarrrrggg The heat wave continued on though it had been forecasted to break today. There were high thin clouds as I left camp and that seemed to have increased the already high humidity. Plenty hilly on this day as well, first just getting…

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Journey to the East: 5 July 2012

Park in Stillwater In the tree’s shade – A wind, Travellers both.   -Santoka Back on the fire Back on the road today after my long break at my cousins in Minneapolis. Huge thanks to my cousin and his family for the hospitality and the help in getting me ready for the next part of my travels. It is hot again, if not quite as scorching as yesterday. Still upper 90s with some crazy high…

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Journey to the East: 4 July 2012

Fireworks at the Stone Arch bridge, Minneapolis (not my pic) Celebrate America by blowing up a piece of it Another day off at my cousins. I’d planned to be out of campgrounds on the fourth so another bit of good timing with my arrival in the Twin Cities. I spent the morning running errands and then working on the bicycle: put on the new wheel, adjusted the brakes and replaced the chain. Also put the…

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Journey to the East: 3 July 2012

Alexander Calder, The Spinner (1966) Walker Art Center Another rest day in the Twin Cities. This one I spent at the Walker Art Center and the associated Minneapolis Scultpure Garden. Really an excellent sculpture park with nice pieces from Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, James Turrell, Sol LeWitt, Isamu Naguchi, Mark di Suvero and many, many more. A nicely laid out garden with most of the pieces fitting in very well. One nice bit was a…

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Journey to the East: 2 July 2012

Since I didn’t ride today, here’s a trail into Minnesota Re-up I’m spending a few days at my cousins in the Maple Grove suburb of Minneapolis. The timing on my arrival was fortuitous as the heat wave that is plaguing the bulk of the nation is in full force here as well. I also was in need of re-upping some supplies, so I spent most this day running errands. I managed to get almost all…

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Journey to the East: 1 July 2012

Paddleboat on the Saint Croix river in Stillwater, MN no place to hide from the blazing sun the water flows by   -Santoka Spur The days just keep getting hotter and the humidity just saps your soul. Luckily this was a short day prior to a few days off in the Twin Cities. I rode from the Float Rite party zone back into Minnesota – my Wisconsin adventure being quite short lived. There was a…

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Journey to the East: 30 June 2012

Entering Wisconsin Down in the village the din of flute and drum, here in the mountains everywhere the sound of the pines   -Ryōkan On, Wisconsin A long, hot exhausting day today. The campgrounds have become sparse on the route and there are none at the terminus of this section of the route, Stillwater, MN. Since I was planning to ride into Minneapolis/St. Paul along the spur route I needed to be as close as…

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Journey to the East: 29 June 2012

Tires eye view It’s all falling or burning —      rattle of boulders      steady dribbling of rocks down cliffs      bark chips in creeks Porcupine chased here —           Smoke From Tillamook a thousand miles Soot and hot ashes. Forest fires Upper Skagit burned I think 1919 Smoke covered all northern Washington.      lightening strikes, flares, Blossoms a fire on the hill. Smoke like clouds. Blotting the sun Stinging the eyes. The hot seeds steam underground      still alive.  …

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