To dream discomfort
is to aspire adventure;
so know your own thorn.
The final week before departure is coming to a close, and I’m all but prepared to leave. But that’s just how it will have to be left; I will always think of something more to do, so no matter what, I’m just going to have to leave on Monday. All the things that I think of on Tuesday will just have to be done from on the road.
In these final days, I’ve been stopping by the store to grab little things like a First-Aid kit and some trail mix… the various little “necessities” that I hadn’t thought about before. But the key fixtures of the ride have been accounted for. For some time now, I’ve had the bike, the packs, the tent. Truly, I’ve been more or less ready for a long time now.
But if you recall my last post, I noted how I was missing an important fixture of the ride: a road mascot. Well, I’m pleased to announce the arrival of Faraday Fox, the newest member of the St. Louis-or-bust bike tour. He is actually a character from my last play, better known as Michael Fox, the under-dog of Oakglendaleville who spent his story struggling to rise above his given status. He’s a character of hope and determination, as well as the value of one’s mind when looking to transcend cultural norms. And he’s my new drinking buddy.
Speaking of drinking, I’ve also decided that my drink of choice in my travel flask will be none other than Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. It’s Scottish in influence, American in execution, and delicious in taste. It’s not actually an American Single Malt in style, but the barley used in the mash makes it much closer to a scotch than a bourbon. So what better than a whiskey that’s independent in style to have for the official drink of the solo biker seeking adventure on the open road? And to anyone reading this who is along my route, I will take donations of Stranahan’s to refill my flask! I look forward to sharing a drink and a few stories with you.
But as of this writing, I’ve worked my last day at both jobs. My responsibilities in everyday life are dwindling rapidly. I have the necessary things (camping gear and food) and the important things (Faraday Fox and whiskey). And I’ve been wished bon voyage by friends with a final night of drinking together over live music. The celebrations of the concept of life on the road have been had as we all vicariously lived a future only I will apparently get to experience, and I have yet to decide whether or not that’s humbling to behold. At minimum, it makes me thankful that I know so many who would come to wish me well before my journey. And perhaps that’s humbling in its own roundabout way.
As one last point of housekeeping before my departure tomorrow, I’ve set up a GoFundMe account in order to offset some of the costs of this trip. I hope that those of you who have enjoyed reading this blog will contribute to the fund to help support the pieces you’ve enjoyed reading, and will continue to enjoy in the future.
And that is that! The next post will be from the open road, on topics that I have yet to discover myself. So thank you to all who encouraged me and otherwise assisted me in making this journey a reality. I will catch you all on the flip side.