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Journey to the East: 20 July 2012

Ohio NEVER AGAIN   Hot this morning, long before sunrise All my bones ache and Rilke’s ghost Titters in the closet, Frailing His clanky lyre. The summer grasshopper plague May now be over.   -Philip Whalen We’re finally on our own This day dawned drizzly, grey and cool – it was like the PNW in later October. Though of course already warmer at 8 am then those days would ever get. However I found this…

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Journey to the East: 19 July 2012

George Rickey, Twenty-Four Lines, 1968 How Zen Masters Are Like Mature Herring   So few become full grown And how necessary all the others;     Gifts to the food chain     feeding another universe.   These big ones feed sharks.   -Gary Snyder Fast moves in Fort Wayne This was the second of the short days that I partially spent with my parents in Fort Wayne. We did a combo of resupplying for the tour and activities…

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Journey to the East: 18 July 2012

metal giants stride across the cornfields dealing electricity with both hands When Giants roamed the earth My night at Kil-So-Quah was pretty rough as the temperatures stayed pretty much in the 80s until near dawn. I also kept being disturbed by a little raccoon that kept going for my food bag. I’d put a lock on the zipper after a raccoon had gotten a previous food bag so it wasn’t able to get in, but…

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Journey to the East: 17 July 2012

on Salamonie River Dam The nature of the Mind when understood, No human speech can compass or disclose. Enlightenment is naught to be attained, And he that gains it does not say he knows. -Bodhidharma Don’t pass me by This was one of these days that had a bit of about everything. Right as I rode away from Lake Fletcher my rear shifter cable broke. I’d been expecting this as it was badly frayed at…

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Journey to the East: 15 July 2012

King Corn In the tree’s shade – A wind, Travellers both.   -Santoka flatland Back again amongst the corn and soy in the heat, this was probably the most monotonous day yet of the tour. Almost completely flat with just the gentlest of rollers now and again. There was a light breeze from the west pushing me along most of the day and nary a cloud in the sky to block the suns rays. The…

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Journey to the East: 13 July 2012

Wind Power Wet, Yet walking in the rain, This is a care-free journey.   -Santoka Tilting against windmills Really humid this morning and though there were clouds to block the direct sun it just got hotter and more uncomfortable as the day wore on. The landscape was again almost all cornfields with the occasional rolling hill but there were several wind farms to break up the monotony. I really enjoy these big abstract windmills and…

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Journey to the East: 27 June 2012

Threatening Alone, Being eaten by mosquitos.   -Santoka Of thunderstorms and mosquitos The morning was hot and humid and there wasn’t much between where I’d camped and Grand Rapids. So I pressed on through farmland and trees, the light wind generally against me. As per usual the wind began to pick up in the afternoon, but as it just began to get strong I arrived at Grand Rapids and had lunch at “Brewed Awakenings”. I’d…

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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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