Bicycle Camping

Autumn Bicycle Camping Day 4

Atlantis in the wind and rain   October 12th: In which the weather turns for the ride home I was awoken before dawn by wind and rain buffeting the tent. I’d been pretty closely watching the weather for this trip and while it was forecasted to rain on this day it wasn’t supposed to start until later. So I figured I’d be able to pack up, make breakfast and such before it really got started.…

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Journey to the East: 5 August 2012

Brunswick Cemetary The image, as in a Hexagram:   The hermit locks his door against the blizzard. He keeps the cabin warm.   All winter long he sorts out all he has. What was well started shall be finished. What was not, should be thrown away.   In spring he emerges with one garment and a single book.   The cabin is very clean.   Except for that, you’d never guess anyone lived there.  …

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Journey to the East: 25 July 2012

Canada! (said like “Benway!” in this clip, but with an extra syllable) MAPS AND MOUNTAINS   California topo maps all rolled up (“Roll up the sky like a hide”) Shall I ever be in those bright mountains, ever again?   -Philip Whalen A brief sojourn into Canada After a quite pleasant night at Evangola State Park I was back on the road heading north. But not for long before the route turned inland in order…

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Journey to the East: 23 July 2012

State number twelve HOW POETRY COMES TO ME   It comes blundering over the Boulders at night, it stays Frightened outside the Range of my campfire I go to meet it at the Edge of the light   -Gary Snyder A change in the air This morning dawned overcast and later began to drizzle – reminded me a bit of the Pacific Northwest especially with the endless grey lake stretching out like the ocean. It…

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Journey to the East: 21 July 2012

The Backatcha Bandit strikes again Develop a mind which rests on no thing whatever.   -The Diamond Sutra Should have been done long ago The wind continued to be against me on this day but instead of the ~18mph it was instead a sedate ~6mph. There was however none of the morning clouds so it got pretty warm as the day wore on. The route was a mix of riverside, farmland and cities. Ohio is…

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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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