A journey untouched is an adventure soon known. Just think about it. As I approach the final week of preparation for my trip, I can’t help but wonder what I’m forgetting. After months of anticipation, the concept has to become a reality if all the work already put forth is to mean anything, and that’s […]Read More The symbol of the road ahead
To move a distance one need know their feet. Or wheels if riding a bike. Riding around the neighborhood, even if you find yourself 20 some miles away from home, always falls a little short of preparing you for a bike tour. It can be good exercise training, but if your destination is ultimately your […]Read More The dude a-rides
To rest after miles is to remember a day stained in sweat and dreams. The romantic visage of the bicycle tour usually ends with the vision of wind gently brushing past your ear as you click mile over mile. The reality aside of profuse sweat, bugs, and loud trucks rushing past dangerously close because their […]Read More You’re never homeless if you have a tent
A supple leather contours my loins; a passion beguiles me. I ride. There are various cults out there in the world. Many are religious. Some revolve around sports teams. Others yet are centered on bicycle saddles. Let’s back up a little bit before we get on with this topic. After buying my Jamis Aurora Elite […]Read More The importance of what’s between your legs
A journey occurs when the rubber hits the road. So I need rubber. When I started thinking about this bike tour, I thought for a while about what I would be riding all the way to St. Louis. I had two bikes; a Trek FX 7.2 and Raleigh Merit 1, though neither were really optimum […]Read More To bike tour, one needs a bike
The journey begins first with an education. Travel’s on my mind. In hindsight, I had no idea what I needed to know to be prepared for a bike tour. The concept seemed simple enough; have a bicycle and a few bags, and then just ride! But what about if something goes wrong? What if I […]Read More So how do you fix a bike?
Libations with friends has ways of instigating both love and danger. If I recall correctly, the idea to go on a bicycle tour first started late last fall, after my friend John returned from a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He had recently found himself on some crossroads of life, so he decided an adventure […]Read More I’m going on a bicycle tour
I spent a bit of time yesterday going through some old notes. Specifically, I was looking for some notes I wrote about a potential new play that I wanted to write, but I also thought it might be interesting if I could find the first words I ever put down regarding my play that just […]Read More Creating Newton Badger (and other forest creatures)
It’s finally over! 2016 is out for good, never to return! Sure, the turning of the new year means that the past 365-day period of political strife, cultural-icon deaths, and the election of Donald “I can’t contain my childish impulses and will therefore inevitably wage a nuclear war” Trump has come to completion, but I […]Read More Happy 2017!
In the time since I became an atheist, I’ve also become a bit of a church tourist. The church in which I grew up harped incessantly about how we were the chosen few, and that all the rest of the world was spiritually lost. So what was the point of visiting other churches? To see […]Read More Being a church tourist