Tour2012

Journey to the East: 5 May 2012

Lake Sylvia “One is forever on the way yet has never left home. Another has left home yet is not on the way. Which one deserves to receive the offerings of humans and devas?” -Lin-ji Always leaving home Left on Stage Two of my journey and rode from Olympia to Lake Sylvia State Park. The trip was mostly westwards, with more highway travel than I like, but tomorrow the path bends northward. Cold spring night…

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Journey to the East: 2-4 May 2012

Washington State Capitol building, Olympia WA Ballad of the the Voyager Ocean voyager, on heaven’s winds, in his ship, far wandering… Like a bird, among the clouds, gone, he will leave no trace. -Li Po [note: I wrote these posts for the first couple of days of the tour after completing the tour] Respite The tour had barely gotten underway when I put it all on hold for a time. I spent the next three days in…

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Journey to the East: 1 May 2012

Tree over snow-melt fed stream “The older you get the stronger the wind gets – and it’s always in your face.” – Pablo Picasso [note: I wrote these posts for the first couple of days of the tour after completing the tour] Mayday After a rather fitful night’s sleep (my camp was pretty close to the road) I arose to find my rear tire had gone flat. Well preferably to discover this in camp then on the…

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Riding to Olympia (and back)

Autumn is certainly in full force now and while we still have beautiful days, apparently El Nino has pushed the weather patterns closer to late October at this point. But three weeks ago it was still quite nice (through increasingly variable) and I decided to ride to Olympia to spend a long weekend with a friend.  It’s about 65 miles by car from my place to Olympia but of course you can’t ride that direct…

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Tour 2011 – day 17

Monday 08.29.11:  Sunshine Point Campground (closed) to Olympia I slept very poorly this night; I have to admit that stealth camping is perhaps not in my constitution. I got up basically at first light when there was still a few stars visible and Venus shiny brightly well into the early dawn. I quickly put everything away and then made breakfast savoring the last of my coffee. I hit the road and was immediately too cold.…

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Tour 2011 – Day 1

A lucky, late Start I set off from Olympia around 1:30 which is a petty good start for me. The days ride was short, which was a good way to ease into it as I hadn’t been riding too much of late what with the moving and such. It was about perfect riding conditions: partially cloudy, temps in the mid to upper 60s. About four blocks from my friends house, as I gently squeezed the…

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An Unexpected Tour

My Rivendell Atlantis fully loaded and ready to head out on its latest adventure. At the end of July I was laid off from my job and had moved out of my house – a perfect time to head out on a tour.  I had some obligations to take care of: a family visit, securing a new place, financial stuff and so on so I ended up staying with a friend for a while. Everything…

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Riding Around Olympia

Parking my Atlantis in a little neighborhood park in West Olympia. I moved out of the house I’ve been living in, in Kirkland, WA at the end of July and didn’t have a new place to move into until September 1st.  So I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks with a friend in Olympia, WA and I’ve managed to get in a few good rides.  I went to college in Olympia and used to…

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