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Tour 2019 – day 5

12 Far off to the south are peaks like Pine-Needle and Nest-Hen, Halcyon-Knoll and Brimmed-Stone, Harrow and Spire Ridges faced together, Elder and Eye-Loft cleaving summits. When you go deep, following a winding river to its source, you’re soon bewildered, wandering a place beyond knowing: cragged peaks towering above stay lost in confusions of mist, and depths sunken away far below surge and swell in a blur. –Hsieh Ling-yün,  translated by David Hinton in Mountain Home Into Green…

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Tour 2019 – day 3 and 4

Dwelling in the Mountains 6 Here where I live, lakes on the left, rivers on the right, you leave islands, follow shores back to mountains out front, ridges behind. Looming east and toppling aside west, they harbor ebb and flow of breath, arch across and snake beyond, devious churning and roiling into distances, clifftop ridgelines hewn flat and true. -Hsieh Ling-yün, translated by David Hinton in Mountain Home Mountains in the Mists While I got…

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Tour 2019 – day 2

Turning Seasons Turning seasons turning wildly away, morning’s majestic calm unfolds. Out in spring clothes, I roam eastern fields. Lingering clouds sweep mountains clean. Gossamer mist blurs open skies. And soon, feeling south winds, young grain ripples like wings. – T’ao Ch’ien, translated by David Hilton’s in Mountain Home On the path The train arrives Whitefish early Tuesday morning and after preloading my bicycle I wader Whitefish for some time, see what’s changed sine 2012.…

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Journey to the East: 13 June 2012

Badlands The beauty of the sunset grieves not for old age   –Santoka Makoshika So the route turned back east today which was a relief as it put the wind behind me. That and it being overcast most of the day made for much more pleasant riding than the day before. The terrain was about the same though – rolling hills trending upwards. Then fissures began to appear and s rocky wall like outcropping was…

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Journey to the East: 12 June 2012

Endless fields I can’t do anything; my life of contradictions blown by the wind   –Santoka Unlucky 13S or heat, hills and headwinds Today we bid farewell to the “Hi-Line” and turn south. While the day had dawned sunny, calm and with nary a cloud in the sky, this was not to last. As I left Wolf Point and turned south on Hwy 13 the winds picked up and as has been the trend they…

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Journey to the East: 11 June 2012

Wet land My heart is happy on a spring day when I see the birds flocking together, playing.   -Ryōkan Subtle shifts The high plains are a thing of beauty, but it’s a subtle beauty: slight variances in heights, shades of green, tend and brown, shifting shadows. Today, mostly sunny and with a steady tailwind I quickly moved across these plains. Things began to slowly change today: the grassland was wetter, with standing water and…

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Journey to the East: 10 June 2012

Twilight in Glasgow Wind blows dark clouds across the lake — and birds are singing A difference of direction The day began sunny and windy but over the reservoir was a line of black clouds rolling in by the time I’d broken camp it was completely overcast and I was in the strongest wind yet. It was a horrible headwind until I got to the 2 and then it was the most amazing tailwind for…

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