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Journey to the East: 23 June 2012

At the City Park in Hitterdal Only the ants at the bottom of the burning sky, what the world has come to -Hōsai Ozaki Tass times in Hitterdal It had been a pretty miserable night at the Fargo campground, a guy in the next tent over worked his way through most of a case of beer and talked loudly to himself till after 5am. So I packed up and rode to Babb’s Coffeehouse which billed…

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Journey to the East: 22 June 2012

Public art in Fargo summer heat soaks into every living thing   -Santoka Riding into summer Today it was clear, hot and humid with a light headwind. One of the longer rides I had to do, but this was one of those cases where I’d stayed at the furtherest east campground and the next one was in Fargo. Luckily the wind wasn’t too bad though it picked up in the afternoon a bit. But by…

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Journey to the East: 21 June 2012

Fields and clouds Know The trees know stars to be sources Like the sun, of their life; But many and tiny sprinkled through the dark When, where has the sun gone– -Gary Snyder Yellowstone Today’s was a pleasant and rather quick ride. A quite strong wind on this day, but as it was going my way, well more than welcome. These last few days must have been tough for the westbound tourons. The road was…

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Journey to the East: 19 June 2012

Concretion from The Late Snow & Lumber Strike of the Sumer of Fifty-Four   Climbing the steep ridge below Shuksan clumps of pine float out of the fog No place to think or work drifting.   -Gary Snyder Blowin’ in the wind Back on the road with thunderstorms predicted and as per the pattern the wind had reversed. It was sort of harder to tel with todays route which wended all around including a good…

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Journey to the East: 18 June 2012

Prometheus Stealing fire Took a much needed day off in the capitol city of North Dakota, Bismarck. Did the usual off day biz but also went and saw a movie: the new Ridley Scott picture, Prometheus. Short review – decent bit of fairly “hard SF” but it’s kinda sloppy and overstuffed and is definitely no Alien. Also I did upload another five days or so of pictures to my Tour 2012 Flickr set. ONCE ONLY…

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Journey to the East: 17 June 2012

Trains don’t use cabooses anymore; this one was in a park “The moon and sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A life time adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”   — Bashō, The Narrow Road to the Interior Across the grain The terrain continued to be rolling grass and farm land. But…

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Journey to the East: 16 June 2012

Chuang-tzu? nervously through the raindrops… spring butterfly     this world– the butterfly also toils busily   –Issa That’s not too bad I think I’ve got this figure out: the wind is predominately out of the west generally with a northerly or southerly bent which often switches mid-afternoon. When the wind shifts to being out of the east that means a storm is on its way. After the storm the wind returns to normal. Which…

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Journey to the East: 15 June 2012

Painted Canyon in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park “Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so.”   –Theodore Roosevelt Expect the unexpected After riding into this rocky, hillier terrain a return to climbing was expected and it was indeed a climb out from Medora back to I94. The day had dawned clear…

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