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Title: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 23, 2017, 10:55:25 AM
Hope you enjoy this ride half as much as I am/did.

I'll typically have a link to a song to listen to while you read; hopefully they're set up to open in a new link but if not just right click and do your thing.

I just wanna get warm!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrog4-oHSXg

Undying thanks to the all too soon immortal John Mark Heard - Rile 'em up In Peace.

NYC Port Authority Bus Station 9.14.17
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-drGbPZq/0/65be8ae5/XL/P9140065-XL.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-drGbPZq/A)

The mouths of the best poets
Speak but a few words
And then lay down
Stone cold in forgotten fields
Life goes on in this ant farm town
Cold to the lifeblood underfoot
All talk and no touch
And I just wanna be real
I just wanna be real

The colors here are monochrome
Studies in one shade of grey
The good times and the hard times
Cut from the same grey cloth
And all the fires that crackle here
Consume but do not burn
All light and no heat
And I just wanna get warm
I just wanna get warm

The days they rattle past me
Like a tunnel round a train
Landscapes and heartaches
I don't know what I feel
All I know is my condition
Is worse than I can tell
The small talk and the slow burn
And I just wanna be healed
I just wanna get well

There are things I should remember
But I have forgotten how
I'm all tied up with no time
Trying do too much
And the thoughts that I've avoided
Are the ones I need right now
Like a warm wind and love's hand
And I just wanna be touched
And I just wanna be real
And I just wanna be well
And I just wanna be healed
And I just wanna be warm (http://markheard.net/lyrics/i_just_wanna.html)

Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 24, 2017, 06:56:46 AM
A Dream Like Mine

Today I dream of how it used to be
Things were different before
The picture shifts to how it's going to be
Balance restored (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eG23MqIMos)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-HfXtvG8/0/4c6b513d/L/P7200015-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-HfXtvG8/A)


In 1993 while rummaging through a CD cut-out bin in a Malwart store I found Bruce Cockburn's _Live_ album and before you knew it my life was headed in an almost completely opposite direction from where it had been - here was this amazing guy I'd never heard of who spoke words which went to my core like no other singer/songwriter/Human ever had.

And soon after when I signed up to the Humans (Bruce fans) internet mailing list (now a Yahoo Group but then on a server in someone's kitchen... hi, Darci, wherever you are now and thanks!) it only got better: I was able to interact with folk from all over the globe who broadened my horizons in so many ways... it has been a great pleasure of my life to meet many IRL and without exception they are good peoples. :nod

Plus I kept hearing about other musicians, such as Mark Heard who died all too soon; it happens.

Least I can do is try to make his memory eternal so here is this thread.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 24, 2017, 07:08:32 AM
You can do magic! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ONp-GC7vM)

No no magic could happen to me
Then I saw you


Don't sell yourself short... DAMHIK, about which more elsewhere.

Having hosted scores of touring cyclists from all over the world and traveling vicariously with them I decided to take a ride of my own in the fall of 2017.

Fortunately there are places where you can post a companions wanted listing, and I did - titled as noted and text below

>>Cold dark winters have gotten on my last nerve...

I'm a 60 y/o male with a diverse CV seeking open-minded adventurous companions - let's see some of this ol' world while we can. snip

my hope is to travel warmer climes for at least next winter, roughly from September 2017 to spring 2018... but nothing carved in stone.

I'm much more interested in international but very open to where and a bit on the when... what are your dreams? Are you willing and able to make them happen?

If yes let's start talking and see where we end up!<<
 
which resulted in a number of interesting responses, the most interesting one being from one Sharon of rural Canada who, as folks go, is one of the most interesting I've had the pleasure to get to know a bit.

Just a bit younger than me, scores major brownie points for being a Bruce Cockburn fan, incredibly independent and a professional chef (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chef) who has the backbone to live in places like the Yukon feeding scores of guys in isolated mineral exploration camps.

What's not to love?

I'm still kinda pinching myself thinking this is all too cool to be true but I've seen the flight receipt and sure enough on 11.3 she lands in NOLA with her bike ready to be unpacked and head west with me, with no definite agenda other than to enjoy our lives to the max while we head to Mex (ico, that is).

And when I think of where my life could be and where it is I think to my self: self, it just doesn't get better than this, and you did this, with the help of many, all of whom have my heartfelt thanks... words fail.

So at this writing, having ridden solo since mid-September, my plans are to be at NOLA International airport the evening of November 3rd, to welcome to the deep south someone I've yet to meet.

Seems like magic to me! (http://www.tibetanmonktour.org/offerings/sand-mandalas/)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/SmugPreview/123-Jewel/i-BVczbjn/0/129a2d87/M/P7230324-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/SmugPreview/123-Jewel/i-BVczbjn/A)

Given that this adventure hasn't really begun yet I'll post some about what I did between the time I left Pueblo and when wheels touch down in gnawlins.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 24, 2017, 03:45:56 PM
Pueblo CO to The Big Apple or How 30 seconds = 1 day + 3 buses


I was looking back at faded dreams from yesterday
like a brush from my past it painted the evening sky
But I couldn't hold on
the current's so strong
it kept rolling on by
and all of the colors bled into
the river of time (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7a9QkaCG_A)


I've ridden Greyhound enough times to know if you miss a bus it could well cost you an entire day so while waiting at the station in Pueblo that mine was late was a bit ominous... but Charlie saw my bike packed up so we chatted and turns out he's from New Orleans and has done some touring himself - cool.

Anyway I missed my connection in Denver by literally 30 seconds and sho 'nuff (practicing my southern murriken) instead of a 42 hour trip on 4 buses it ended up being nearly 3 days and 7 buses but is there a better way to start an adventure than having s*** I mean minor First World problems happen?

Especially as I immediately became angry before I remembered that in the overall scheme of things what's a day?

More to the point on this adventure what's a day?

So I wandered around town a bit and was reminded why I'm no fan of big cities... too much concrete, too many cars and too many people whose nature experience is not exactly expansive.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rbxgZKn/0/4fe635b6/M/P9120014-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rbxgZKn/A)

Home for tonight, sleeping next to my home away from home.
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It all became kind of a blur so I think it was in Chicago where I had some time between buses and wandered around following the GPS looking for a Panera I was led to believe existed. Turns out it's a catering center for Panera which doesn't sell at retail but a kind guy took pity on me and gave me a fresh bagel gratis.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-R6LW52P/0/cae7e651/M/P9130047-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-R6LW52P/A)

May his tribe increase.


The Garmin tells part of the tale.
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Final stop for this bus ride: the Port Authority Bus Station in NYC.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 25, 2017, 06:24:18 AM
Escape from NYC

What a mess
this town's in tatters
I been shattered
my brain's been battered
splattered
all over Manhattan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BjQYQ5p2Ko)


I'd hoped to see my son Daniel who lives here but he's a busy guy going to University and it didn't work out - maybe next time.

After getting my stuff up to a vestibule area I started putting the bits together which resulted in me meeting quite a few of the Port Authority Transit Police over the next couple of hours. :yikes

For the most part they were mildly amused; I even got to talk to a guy in a suit who said in 35 years of working there he'd never seen anyone assemble a bike and ride off... one of my regrets is not thinking fast enough to ask him for a pic next to the work in progress - durnit!

At least I now KNOW I'm special. ;)

One gal (clearly a 'superior' who had to prove to her lessers she was in charge, or something) got a bit riled and told me to HURRY UP so I said Yes, Ma'am! and stood to attention.

Some of the lessers gave a little smile. :)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-bFnZmHw/0/6be45b2c/M/P9140046-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-bFnZmHw/A)

Then I went outside mid-morning and experienced city life: what more could you want?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-6p7kzC9/0/0f1e19da/M/P9140068-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-6p7kzC9/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-HRXvBb6/0/ae632dae/M/P9140069-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-HRXvBb6/A)

After spending a few minutes trying to find a hostel I'd been led to believe existed the thrill of the Big Apple was fading quickly for me; for one thing the stench of urine was pretty much everywhere. I don't know if it was an atmospheric fluke or what but even though I like to pee as much as the next person smelling it all the time wears thin fast and I decided to get outta Dodge...

it occurs to me as I write that that Dodge City, while not my favorite place, at least has the merit of being able to be got out of, comparatively quickly. ;)

The next couple of hours were spent trying to navigate my way west over the 59th Street bridge to pick up 25A out to Long Island. I rode around in circles a bit (for this novice New Yorker it wasn't as easy to get across that bridge as I had reckoned and I learned not to trust directional advice from non-cyclists, such as traffic cops :eek) until due to a derailleur glitch this happened

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5KfmS72/0/0f797491/M/P9140077-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5KfmS72/A)

which put a damper on things. Fortunately my $6 fleabay chain tool had me rolling again in short order with a slightly shorter but fully functional chain and some satisfaction experience pays a few dividends.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rzZL8Cs/0/d5260da6/M/P9140079-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rzZL8Cs/A)

The chain had shifted off the large cog into the spokes and the remove by hand master link (read: weak link) had gone missing. Those links are a great idea but pushing steel pins through steel with a steel tool gives me the warmest fuzzies. :nod

I finally found my way across the bridge and took my time winding my way west with no definite goal for the night. I have a tent etc. and am willing to commando camp just about anywhere (more later) but kept riding following that vague notion that I'll find a better place a bit further down the road, until it started getting really dark.

So I punted and found a motel room which even though was pricey by my tightwad standards was just what I needed after the bus trip and a few miles.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-n367VNC/0/a3cf8276/M/P9150098-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-n367VNC/A)

And I decided on the first night of a trip after 3 days on buses that a motel room is not so much an extravagance as good policy. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rNgnFq6/0/58621199/M/P9150100-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rNgnFq6/A)

The gal at the front desk apparently recognized the 'My Fun-O-Meter Is Pegged' ;) look and gave me a bit of a discount (thanks, young lady, from this nearly tuckered geezer) and the continental breakfast next morning got me fueled up for my next stop: a warmshowers.org host near Calverton.

So with a good night's sleep, a full tummy and nothing to do but enjoy the ride I rolled west.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 25, 2017, 01:10:04 PM
Long Island can seem really Long!

steep grade
up ahead
slow me down
making no time

gotta keep rollin'

ooooh
I'm drivin' my life away
lookin' for a better way
for me (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tvEvBUG8mY)


Next morning a perception of Long Island drivers began to form in my mind: WHY IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT'S HOLY do you feel obligated to race around on these narrow roads in convoys of cars and trucks and school buses tail-gating each other at high speed?

I admit I still get the occasional rush from having my foot in an accelerator winding an engine up but this doing it all the time, flooring it from stoplight to stoplight... wassup withat?

Where are you all going? What's your hurry? Do you just enjoy putting yours and other's lives at unnecessary risk to (if you're lucky) save a few seconds?

And WHY do you think it's a good idea?

Sheesh. <shakes head>

But I digress. :)

I started out on some hilly curvy narrow roads when school buses were rife and the first hour or so riding was not particularly relaxing *koff* but when the rush faded the riding got better, for the most part.

And I'm not complaining - how many people would do something like this, but can't? I can and am grateful to whatever Higher Powers there are.

Somewhere along that route I found Richard who helped me sort out a minor headset issue - I'm going to make a point of visiting as many local bike shops as I can on this trip as local knowledge of routes, provided by people who actually ride bicycles, is invaluable, plus I reckon I can get inside tips on cool things to do via velocipede.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-KqWjw2W/0/feec3947/M/P9160003-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-KqWjw2W/A)

Thank you very much, kind sir.

rant
To the human vermin who actually threw something at me when the car you were a passenger in went by at ~ 50 MPH all too close (I heard the projectile hit the weeds behind me) not only are you a complete and utter twit, you are a lousy shot.

And if you'd had the nerve to stop when I requested your presence to discuss the matter you might have learned a thing or two about the cowardice (you hide in your cage, ass****) that is your pathetic little life.
/rant

I mention that for the moral; even though the majority of drivers are generally considerate even if less than competent at overtaking bicycles the idjits are the ones I tend to fixate on and it takes a conscious effort to

still

my

mind

and not let them live rent free in my head.

Not a big day for pics but these were somewhere along the way
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-fNN3RFs/0/01b9ab75/M/P9150005-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-fNN3RFs/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-cPNjh2D/0/4f2af80f/M/P9210019-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-cPNjh2D/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VHPKrGm/0/d0d5de70/M/P9210032-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VHPKrGm/A)

en route to a Duck Farm in Calverton NY - you can not make this stuff up.

Michael's grandfather bought the place in 1931; Michael's lived there all his life and plans to die there. He was working a lot during my visit but is a prime example of a warmshowers.org host, allowing me the run of the place and letting me ride his fat tire bike (he's an avid cyclist when not working).

The Duck Farm stopped being profitable a few decades back but if you're the type that likes to stay planted your entire life it's an idyllic place to be, close to lots of nature and not that far from the big city.

Thanks, my new friend, for a roof over my head for a couple of nights and the pleasure of your hospitality.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WbSmPmz/0/76d2d121/M/P9160052-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WbSmPmz/A)

Live long and prosper.

Easing into this touring thing.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-jHJhQFV/0/6082e1ae/M/P9160046-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-jHJhQFV/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mrrSg8s/0/fbb97d5e/M/P9160043-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mrrSg8s/A)

Tomorrow: Orient Point, the first ferry ride of my sheltered life and seeing The World's Most Remarkable Granddaughter!
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 25, 2017, 03:23:26 PM
Calverton NY to Oakdale CT - Hi, Athena!


My son Daniel covering Richard Thompson (https://www.facebook.com/search/str/thompson%2Bkeep%2Byour%2Bdistance%2Bdaniel/keywords_blended_posts?filters_rp_author=%7B"name"%3A"author_friends"%2C"args"%3A""%7D&esd=eyJlc2lkIjoiUzpfSTE2MjI2NDQ4NDM6Vks6NDQyOTA5Njk3ODU0MyIsInBzaWQiOnsiMTYyMjY0NDg0Mzo0NDI5MDk2OTc4NTQzIjoiVXpwZlNURTJNakkyTkRRNE5ETTZWa3M2TkRReU9UQTVOamszT0RVME13PT0ifSwiY3JjdCI6InRleHQiLCJjc2lkIjoiNGY3ZTk2YzFjMzExZGJjZGNjYWY5YTg0YjgxOTRkMzQifQ%3D%3D)

If I cross your path again
who knows where who knows when
on some morning without number
on some highway without end

don't grasp my hand and say
fate has brought you here today
'cause fate is only fooling with us
friend

keep your distance
keep your distance
when I feel you close to me
what can I do but fall

keep your distance
keep your distance
you know with us it must be all
or none at all

well it's a desperate game we play
throw our souls
our lives
away

on wounds that can't be mended
with debts that can't be paid
well I played and I got stung
now I'm biting back my tongue
I'm sweeping out the footsteps
where I strayed

 

I was eager to see my daughter and her family so I ignored Michael's recommendation on a more scenic route and turns out it was a good call: roads with more traffic but great shoulders and I made fine time, just catching the Orient Point 1230 ferry to New London.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rzLnWFm/0/7569bf18/M/P9170008-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rzLnWFm/A)

I didn't know then but had some serious hills ahead of me pedaling toward suburban Oakdale and I'm glad I didn't go any extra that day.

Smile when you read that.
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New London CT
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-t6PSLL6/0/9ae52747/M/P9170044-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-t6PSLL6/A)

Sucks to be someone
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-v8jb2MX/0/26ef54c0/M/P9170047-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-v8jb2MX/A)

but fortunately not me as I got to take this pic!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-vbhGB3x/0/5986313c/M/P9170050-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-vbhGB3x/A)

A fair few of those miles were me lounging around drinking coffee enjoying the glass-like water; I'd hoped I'd have a chance to get some sea legs but maybe next time.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-cJHHSGh/0/055b4aa1/M/P9180002-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-cJHHSGh/A)

I settled in for a few days with family and life is very good indeed. :nod
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 29, 2017, 06:25:31 AM
But I don't want to cause anybody pain
I only want to hold you in my arms again
See how I miss you (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D28bRKv218I)


I roll to the home of my daughter Sarah, husband Dennis and Athena (it's been a few years (http://foldingkayakadventures.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5)) who graciously let me barge into their busy lives as I enjoy the vibe of Connecticut for the first time.

Dennis is a Navy Chief so they live on the coast and my home is in the middle of the USofA and you know how that goes... unfortunately I've never really gotten to know him well but it was good to see him and how much he loves his family.

Sarah, it seems to me, takes after the old man as much as any of my three children: we share a love of words and in particular an interest in things theological; she recently converted to the Roman Catholic Church and I presume Chesterton's influence on her life is as great as it is on mine. We both love C.S. Lewis and that lot (was there ever a literary group like the Inklings (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inklings#Members) who had such an impact?).

And she makes a heckuva pizza! nom nom nom
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9nHK9qv/0/013c3fe8/M/P9200003-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9nHK9qv/A)

To Athena - a personal note from your eccentric *koff* grandpa: all your life you'll have people telling you what you should and shouldn't do and of course you should always listen to them - you never know when The Divine is speaking through someone or something (and also of course until you reach the age of discretion - I've known some who get there at a very early age - you have a responsibility to do what your parents say; the below applies to when you're fending for yourself).

Consider what they say and then do as you durn well please, as long as you're not hurting anyone. It's your life to live and insofar as you can determine what you're passionate about, follow that muse.

Do what you love and things will fall into place.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9VLRgbr/0/2a4ff17a/M/P9210001-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9VLRgbr/A)

Don't make the mistake so many of us have of chasing the almighty buck hoping to 'save for your old age', because you don't have an old age: all you have is this moment and near as I can tell we're here to enjoy ourselves and therefore bring joy into the world.

Anyway, all of you please know you're in my thoughts often as I wonder what a father should do for his family... never quite got a handle on that one but my best guess is to be there when you need me which, and good on you, isn't really ever.

I'm so pleased you're independent and have done the things necessary to get by in this big ol' world.

So I reckon my primary patriarchal duty is to live my life on my terms, enjoying it best I see fit and encouraging you to do the same.

I'm convinced if we have regrets at the end they'll be regrets of things left undone.

Thanks more than I can say for the time we spent together. :nod
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 29, 2017, 09:22:00 AM
Oakdale CT to Providence RI

But once in a while it gets so nutso you may have a moral obligation to say something... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kybkiiAKMOY) *


I'd lined up a warmshowers host in Providence so headed that way in spite of the forecast headwinds and by golly they predicted accurately: it was always in my face and even trying to tuck on the downhills was largely useless so I just sucked it up and kept pedaling.

The longest day so far mileage wise and at this writing a few weeks later still my most difficult day but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and it was still GREAT, in its own way as every day north of the dirt is GREAT: HUGELY GREAT.

(best segue I can do... sorry ;) )

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PB7GtQ2/0/557c98ba/M/P9210056-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PB7GtQ2/A)


* Please pardon the mention of Rump... I long ago gave up the left vs. right fight; the female protagonist in C.S. Lewis'  _That Hideous Strength_ summed it succinctly:

>>Isn't it absolutely essential to keep a fierce Left and fierce Right, both on their toes and each terrified of the other? That's how we get things done.<<

strikes across the frontier and
strikes for higher wage
planet lurches to the right
as ideologies engage
suddenly it's repression
moratorium on rights
what did they think the politics of panic would invite?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-8qrBcpq/0/88a95ab2/M/P9210012-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-8qrBcpq/A)

it'll all go back to normal
if we put our nation first
but the trouble with normal
is it always gets worse

And that's enough politics other than to say I'm even more motivated to run for Goobernator of Colorado. :nod


Reality check.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4gnRbr7/0/29b76f2d/M/P9210040-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4gnRbr7/A)

RIP young lady.

I was a couple days ahead of one of the Providence Waterfires (https://waterfire.org) which I regret - it looks like a brilliant idea and and more power to them - may their light shine on - may they be fueled in their journey - may they fight the darkness - may they heat things up - may they carry on with their good work. (sorry :) and sincerely)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZjWG5fP/0/412e5123/M/P9210050-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZjWG5fP/A)

And I made it to Cynthia's beautiful condo near the city center: she'd just returned from riding in Germany and was so effusive in her praise for European cycling gave me the bug, bad... durn these cyclists: you talk to 'em much and they'll have you riding your bike all over the world!

(Who are those guys? They're beginning to get on my nerves. :) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kbTbg00AJU))

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-V8m54rv/0/6992049d/M/P9230003-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-V8m54rv/A)

We went for a ride the next day and the rain forecast (literally .01") erred on the low side *koff* so we got drenched and I was approaching hypothermia... it dawned on me later than I'd been going so hard that I'd worn down my resistance to stress.

Pushing it near the limit is one of those things I come by naturally but no worries: I'll sleep when I'm dead. ;)

Nice wheels and she can spin those cranks! I was sucking wind trying to keep up.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-BBsrnvm/0/e1316d29/M/P9220057-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-BBsrnvm/A)

Cynthia kindly put me up for two nights; I enjoyed her company very much and if you're riding in that neck of the woods track her down, if you can: S/He/It only knows where she might be...

but it'll be a good place.

Thanks, Ms. B.!!

Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 29, 2017, 03:41:50 PM
Providence RI to Somewhere in Massachusetts or I need to keep better track of things

If your life is going nowhere
And you're movin pretty fast
Any you just can't face the future
'Cuz you never faced your past
And nothin really matters
If it did you wouldn't care
If you don't know where you're goin
Any road will take you there

See you later... I'm movin on
See you later I'm halfway gone
See you later... I'm going down
Any road (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEDQcVZLDtg)


I was eager to get to Concord and split the ride into two days commando camping behind a Malwart in some town I can't remember the name of... one of the great things about getting old is you learn to not give much of a durn about forgetting stuff and generally speaking everyone gives us oldsters a pass. :)

On the way thanks to Cynthia's excellent recommendation I had lunch here
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZXBLb7X/0/9dd4b353/M/P9230022-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZXBLb7X/A)

and enjoyed the Reuben as she suggested. May be the best I've had and thanks again!

shrooms
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PgV4SpR/0/3d7acb89/M/P9240026-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PgV4SpR/A)


tangent
A guy I met on this trip (very good dude) had this :eek
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-wXjFjv9/0/8e7910c2/M/P9150034-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-wXjFjv9/A)

as part of his life and bless his heart... that many keys means too many locks for me. One of the glories of this lifestyle is paring your life down to the nub so I try to follow Thoreau's insight:

ďI learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."


and so here's my keychain. The bottle opener I somehow inherited from my father and reckon it's been a few places prior so it pleases me to take it with me on this ride, and long may it keep moving. :nod

Plus those $1 fleabay LED lights are excellent investments - I speak with authority when I say you can wash them multiple times :) with no detriment to function and the batteries last long enough to make the lighting ROI off the charts.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-jBjhHN5/0/bc8af2f0/M/P9250019-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-jBjhHN5/A)

Thanks, dad - I figure I got this wanderlust from you and what more could a son ask for?
/tangent


This was a great place: a copse of trees hid my tent and I could get wifi after only a few minute walk - what more can the traveler ask for?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-pNGpX7K/0/abdfdc4c/M/P9240006-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-pNGpX7K/A)

Well, I'll tell you as this progresses as I'm getting pretty particular about where I sleep and there are some really cool places to be had if you're willing to hide in plain sight. :nod
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 29, 2017, 04:58:46 PM
My moron mecca or Things I wish I'd figured out earlier in life

Concord Massachusetts

I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm
no more (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8yU8wk67gY)


Ever since I read _Walden_ Thoreau has been my real life genuine hero - if there was any topic where he shared his opinion that he wasn't dead center right on about I don't know of it...

take for example his A Plea for Captain John Brown (http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/thoreau_001.asp) who is a giant among abolitionists, on whose shoulders we lesser mortals stand.

"When the troubles in Kansas began, he sent several of his sons thither to strengthen the party of the Free State men, fitting them out with such weapons as he had; telling them that if the troubles should increase, and there should be need of his, he would follow, to assist them with his hand and counsel. This, as you all know, he soon after did; and it was through his agency, far more than any other's, that Kansas was made free.

He did not go to the college called Harvard, good old Alma Mater as she is. He was not fed on the pap that is there furnished. As he phrased it, "I know no more of grammar than one of your calves." But he went to the great university of the West, where he sedulously pursued the study of Liberty, for which he had early betrayed a fondness, and having taken many degrees, he finally commenced the public practice of Humanity in Kansas, as you all know. Such were his humanities and not any study of grammar. He would have left a Greek accent slanting the wrong way, and righted up a falling man."

What an absolutely amazing guy who, if there's any divine justice, will be sainted by whatever powers that be in whatever spiritual universe we inhabit. :nod

When I rode up the sign in the road said it was closed due to being at their people limit but the sweet young gate gal said I could come right on in - thanks, young lady.

But I couldn't bring myself to get any closer than this
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-zm2ckMc/0/5ab40ef4/M/P9240040-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-zm2ckMc/A)

because there were hordes of children yelling having a good time and I knew it would be a better place for me in the morning, alone.

I also knew when I returned this
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9CJfCS9/0/2da684fb/M/P9240059-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9CJfCS9/A)

would be closed... bless their hearts. That this is a State sponsored store is pegging The Irony-Meter-That-Transcends-Time... very heavy sigh.

So I rode on to my next very excellent warmshowers hosts who opened their home and backyard to me for a time as I absorbed the fundamentally perfect vibe of the town that is arguably the soul of the USoA.

Ken and his family live on the west side of the river.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WZmt6gV/0/8a8ef42e/M/P9240002-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WZmt6gV/A)

On the way there, on Powder Mill Road.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-dNrqJbH/0/11ad6539/M/P9240018-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-dNrqJbH/A)

They live close to White Pond, another spot haunted by the best ghosts.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-fCM5dw9/0/88546ea2/M/P9240031-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-fCM5dw9/A)

Home for a night or two and yupper that apple tree, for the first time in years just for me :), produced very tasty apples - yum.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RkK6kqc/0/0c7fb315/M/P9240037-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RkK6kqc/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7Dx8JQq/0/7ebc47e3/M/P9250046-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7Dx8JQq/A)

This little guy posed on my pink shirt.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-GHv6wWp/0/1ab8501e/M/P9250058-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-GHv6wWp/A)

Light on granite filtered through Concord air.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mqx8BGH/0/40e87229/M/P9250070-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mqx8BGH/A)

My new found family pretty much adopted me, fed me like royalty and let me have the run of their backyard - excellent and once again I can't say thank you enough.

Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 30, 2017, 08:34:16 AM
I decided to wait one more day to visit the pond... delaying gratification somehow seemed appropriate so I putzed around Concord (konkerd, not konkord, or so I was told by a grammar nazi type ;)) reveling and relevating in the deep magic mojo atmosphere,

looking for any kind of trouble I might find. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ETD0VfhSo)

Parked it up on the sidewalk
like he owned the whole damn town

I got this stash here in my pocket
I got these thoughts in my own head

the right to run until I gotta walk
until I gotta crawl
I got this moment that I'm in right now
and nothin' else at all


I found some kindred rabble rouser types at the local coffee shop.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-gmT6Cw6/0/45c09de0/M/P9250002-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-gmT6Cw6/A)

:)

This photo reminds me of fellow cyclist Steve who I met waiting outside the library; he gave me the inside scoop on how to leave Concord as I headed toward Boston, and thanks, kind sir.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-KcTfmCJ/0/f85e1ee3/M/P9290003-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-KcTfmCJ/A)

It's cool traveling by bicycle: you meet some very interesting peoples. :nod

Later I wandered into the unlocked front door of the Unitarian Universalist church and Eric,
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-H6Hkctc/0/5ac86a53/M/P9280011-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-H6Hkctc/A)

a Boston resident who was there rehearsing for an event the next evening, once he got over the shock he wasn't alone ;) gave me a private recital; I requested a song just about anyone might be familiar with.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-8qjCSpS/0/4abe2d14/M/P9280007-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-8qjCSpS/A)

If you want to hear it just click on the pic and hopefully digital wonder happens.

He told me some of the history of the church and the remarkably cool organ
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-wZQ3LcN/0/2b786627/M/P9280015-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-wZQ3LcN/A)

and made durn sure the front door was locked when I left. LOL can't say as I blame him and thanks!!

I visited the Town Hall and a gal there told me Concord remains governed by citizens who take the time to attend the meetings and participate in the decision making - it's as close to true democracy as you're likely to find in the States and why not?

This place has roots that go about as deep as you can into the best of the American experience; that said these pics show a seamier side.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3wQGKk9/0/3f9db839/M/P9280005-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3wQGKk9/A)

Ain't nobody got it all right, ever: still and all we do what we can.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-vRTK48H/0/9f15c332/M/P9280003-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-vRTK48H/A)

And some get it much closer to right than others.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RXX7FzK/0/f5bfa928/M/P9280030-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RXX7FzK/A)

Leslie was a sweetheart and I now have in my possession three copies of the booklet they put together to commemorate Henry's 200th birthday this year (sounds like I missed a heckuva party - durnit but you can't be everywhere - ain't that the curse of the second hand).

They'll be special gifts for folks and thanks, Ma'am! You are so very kind.

Plus and who knew? While I was there this
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZbSQfZz/0/5ed9227c/M/P9250165-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZbSQfZz/A)

was happening and done very well but that's another post.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on October 30, 2017, 01:13:00 PM

No secrets anymore

tell me
every little thing
that makes you happy

I got to know
every little thing (https://youtu.be/qn0__9eXnUo)


The exhibit was, for this Thoreau disciple, a Holy Grail and the library was exceptional on its own. Leslie said they had a comparatively high percentage of private collections allowing them to offer more than your average library.

It goes through tomorrow evening so in case you don't read this by then ;) do what you can to see it sometime.

The Transcendental Room.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5wkVzhN/0/61da6d9b/M/P9270251-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5wkVzhN/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-qzhsKKJ/0/fffb2803/M/P9270255-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-qzhsKKJ/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-NZL4Zpg/0/11671668/M/P9270263-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-NZL4Zpg/A)

Where he was born.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RZTqmPH/0/5adb151f/M/P9270264-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RZTqmPH/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9hR64fr/0/af9527c0/M/P9270272-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9hR64fr/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RNNBBMN/0/951b84e1/M/P9270276-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RNNBBMN/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-v5vzBVW/0/52a923b5/M/P9270277-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-v5vzBVW/A)

His sister Sophie drew a sketch which served as the basis for the engraving from which this picture was painted. And a sentence with a proposition I will not end. sorry ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-jW9x5zc/0/4464f622/M/P9270278-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-jW9x5zc/A)

Can you imagine what the older sister of Henry must have been like? She has the look, in the best possible way. :nod
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-g6ggn5M/0/3013adf9/M/P9270284-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-g6ggn5M/A)

The family business.
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(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-XKq7QxZ/0/60ff0b68/M/P9280063-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-XKq7QxZ/A)

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Wait for it.














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Rest in peace, Brother Henry.



Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on November 03, 2017, 05:52:25 PM
I went to Walden Pond, alone but engulfed by life and light, and became closer to whole.


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Small ripples smooth stones.
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The entire time I was in Concord and environs it was eerily calm, like the Universe had stilled encouraging me to be still.


The Walden Woods Project (https://www.walden.org) has done wonderful things preserving the environment and they have my deepest thanks.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on November 03, 2017, 07:42:53 PM

Every now and then I seem to dream these dreams
Where the dead ones live and the hurt ones heal
Touching that miraculous circumstance
Where the blind ones see and the dry bones dance

And I'm gone, gone, gone
Carried away by the midnight wind
And I long, long, long
For a world without end
The kind of thing that I've never seen
but in my dreams (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv9RyUhhwHk)


Author's Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where you can keep good company. :nod

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It took me some time to find Author's Ridge but I can tell you if you see this, head more or less NE and you'll get closer.
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And if you head for high ground you'll find it.


Perfect.
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I mentioned commando camping... I spent the night sleeping temporally near where genius sleeps eternally and I dreamed dreams where the dry bones dance.

Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on November 09, 2017, 07:22:18 AM
Concord to Boston MA

I was born a sinner, I was born in sin
I was born with an alibi for the trouble Iíve been
I can talk my way through anything, itís in my blood
So why do I get nervous when you talk about love?

I could use a little shelter, baby
So I can try to understand the things Iíve seen
Maybe you donít have all the answers for me
But you can give me something I need

The greasy politicians want to set me free
My teachers wasted their lives selling lies to me
A little more money, a little more sex
A little religionís what theyíll be selling me next

I ainít afraid of hell fire, baby
Iím only afraid of wasting my time
I want some answers and Iím gonna find them
And I ainít gonna wait till I die
Show me a sign
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfuPTw5aAZQ)


I enjoy toying with my GPS and it's fun to look at the tracks - all those little zigs and zags have meaning and memories of a highlight of my life.
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Fellow cyclist Steve who I met at the Concord library told me about two trails I could ride toward Boston and it was a very nice change from the mainly two lane roads I'd been on since NYC.

A long time ago a lot of guys with guns started raising Heaven in this neck of the woods and I enjoy the freedom of having no 'royal family' - it's just us morons ruling our non-serf selves!
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I've been a Little Steven fan (his _Born Again Savage_ is my fave album) for quite a while and no sooner than I'd booked the Greyhound it came to my attention he has a new album out this year (Soulfire... seems appropriate for this journey!) and sure enough he's playing in Boston and well... COOL!
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I roll to the theatre with an extra ticket to give away (learned that trick from a Buddhist buddy I met IRL after meeting him on the Humans list - hey, Barry) and sure enough I meet Alexa and Rudolph from Germany.

They were in town driving around and she happened to glance down the alley toward the theatre and saw the marquee... what are the odds? Anyway, as another big Little Steven fan they wandered down there and of course who else to give the ticket to?

She talked hubby into the show as he was somewhat less than enthused and due to some more excellent unusual things happening they ended up pretty much front and center (them's as asks get) and I saw with these two beady eyes the joy on her face as she enjoyed the serious rockage the band produced - SO FREAKIN' GOOD to be part of this journey and now I have a place to stay in some small town in Germany - better than excellent!

Then I rode to Michael's apartment (his first time hosting a WS rider) and we had a good time visiting for a couple of days.
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The next day a cold Boston rain soaked the city and it wouldn't have been much fun being out on a bicycle.

He's got a nice view of the city and my point and shoot came through OK; I miss having a fancy camera but this one is always with me.
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Some of them are wily. :)
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I think I may have mentioned I'm a Bruce Cockburn fan ;) so I made a point of finding this hallowed house of study where he spent a few months deciding learning about jazz structure from professors wasn't his cup of tea and moved on to other things; makes me wonder about the people who finished their degree...
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but I'm sure they are right where they want to be. :nod

I spend time at various places using their wifi and at one I guess I looked transient enough someone left some change next to my bicycle, a nice gesture I appreciate very much.
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The last night I was in town I gave my WS some space and slept out - it's remarkable where you can find a place to sleep in peace even in the middle of a city.
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But the low that morning was about 45 F and I was glad I decided to hop the train to Baltimore later that day. While I was waiting there Dr. Tim saw my bike and we talked and he gave me his card and said next time I'm in NYC to look him up, and if and when I will.
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The overnight train to Baltimore got me there in good time and next day I headed toward a friend I met through warmshowers remaining utterly stoked and grateful to the Universe.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on November 10, 2017, 06:35:23 AM
Baltimore to Silver Springs Maryland and Washington D.C.

The whole world's living in a digital dream
It's not really there - it's all on the screen
Makes me forget who I am
I'm an analog man

Yeah, I'm an analog man in a digital world
I'm gonna get me an analog girl
Who loves me for what I am
I'm an analog man

Turn on the tube - watch until dawn
100 channels, nothing is on
Endless commercials
Endless commercials

The whole world's glued to the cable TV
It looks so real on the big LCD
Murder and violence are rated PG
Too bad for the children - they are what they see (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il1Byvn_vMA)


After about 90 minutes of grim fascination glancing over seeing a young lady take innumerable selfies while posing with her Amtrak coffee cup then catching a few ZZZZZZs I arrive in Baltimore with high hopes of following the East Coast Greenway to get to Robert's place in Silver Spring.
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Part of the ECG runs very close to the bus station and is well-marked which was encouraging; it takes you through town and you'll see some of the attractions.
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I spent an hour or three trying to follow the greenway but somehow managed to keep losing the trail ending up in admittedly interesting places but making way too slow progress so I punted and got on the highway.

Knowing I couldn't make it to Silver Spring that day I rode searching for a place to sleep; I found a cemetery which would have been fine but stumbled onto a grassy spot in an isolated corner of an industrial park which was secluded enough I could sent my tent up in broad daylight: cool!

I forgot to get a pic but it was great to have space to stretch out confident no one would see me and I slept well. Next morning while getting coffee I met a couple of young guys who were very interested in my adventure and I'll make a point of staying in touch with Roy who, like me, found himself unthinkingly conforming to society's expectations (not a good place, IMNSHO) and I was able to share how I escaped from that sad world.

After a gorgeous morning ride weather wise I arrived at Robert's place.
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He'd stayed with me while doing the Trans Am bicycle route in 2016 and came through Pueblo again on another trip so I was looking forward to the visit, and his hospitality was amazing (we still might manage to tour together someday and I hope it can work out).

I had an excellent time (so many highlights and really I've only just gotten started on this little jaunt) which will be a tough act to follow: he knows how to host. :nod

We rode around and saw some sights.
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Some of us cling to Jefferson's coattails
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acknowledging we stand on the shoulders of giants.

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Some of the giants appear monstrous (this is the lobby of Rump Hotel)
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but I console myself knowing the Good Ol' USofA, having survived a fair few Presidents who were off the rails, will survive this one.

That's way more than enough of letting that man in my mind as I much prefer letting other giants influence my thinking.

"I think the most important question facing humanity is, ĎIs the universe a friendly place?í This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.

For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.
 
But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives.
"
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I conclude it is friendly and as I write this in a hotel not far from New Orleans with my new traveling companion tears well in my eyes from the joy and wonders and ecstasy my life has become, and I am grateful content and experiencing peace like I never have.

Thanks to all who've helped me get here.

Words from another giant.
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings."

Amen and amen and yes it is so.


I was going to make my visit with Robert one post but Sharon is waking up and it's time to leave the digital and return to the analog.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: mattbur on November 13, 2017, 08:01:18 AM
nice read of your adventure and great pics.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: Sunday Rider on November 16, 2017, 04:59:06 PM
Wonderful writing and pics. Thanks for taking us along.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on November 21, 2017, 05:58:06 PM
Thanks for reading and glad you like it - it's good diversion for a mind that tends to spin... now that I have my free time back I'll try to catch up.


I came to you, when I needed a rest
You took my time, and put it to the test
I saw some things, that I never would have guessed
Feel like a railroad, I pulled a whole load behind

I was adrift on a river of pride
It seemed like such a long easy ride
You were my raft but I let you slide
I've been down but I'm coming back up again

And I'm rollin' down the open road
Where the daylight will soon be breaking
Right now I'm thinking 'bout these things that I know
But it was good time that we'd been making (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcy7qeWdSDA)


Thanks again Robert for all your kindnesses - I particularly liked dining on your deck.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-8PSccQZ/0/be3e1035/L/PA060018-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-8PSccQZ/A)

And our walk around D.C.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-J2Mjvzp/0/ccc8eb95/L/PA080007-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-J2Mjvzp/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-34KCqSc/0/87292471/L/PA080023-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-34KCqSc/A)

Chesterton wrote of the blinding genius that first smeared something on a rock to begin written language - another giant's shoulders.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Tm5gjSB/0/e22a9c9a/L/PA080027-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Tm5gjSB/A)

I talked to the guy at the exhibit and asked him the question I always pose to evolutionists - what was the trigger that separated humans from the monkeys (apes don't build cathedrals)?

He said the best guess is we figured out how to eat meat - makes as much sense as anything else I've heard.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-DsJsm6c/0/155d30ab/L/PA080068-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-DsJsm6c/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-chZQhXF/0/dbdd0e1f/L/PA080080-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-chZQhXF/A)

Our goodbye dinner at the train station - is it just me or does that guy look suspicious? :)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9H5SKHc/0/f6395c9b/L/PA080106-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9H5SKHc/A)

Very respectable Phlly sammiches. :nod
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-SbGSprZ/0/c00a9cdc/L/PA080105-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-SbGSprZ/A)

For $20 you can walk your bike onto the Amtrak unpacked so when you land reattach your bags and roll away - sweeeeet.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VZpLdBm/0/9d60a043/L/PA090003-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VZpLdBm/A)

.

Note to self: in future screen potential riding companions with the basic questions you'd ask anyone you were planning on spending extended time with, like do you habitually drink to excess? If yes, does it interfere with plans you've made with others?

Shame on me for taking the little things for granted but I guess you live and learn, or you don't. :eek


My little life remains perfect, my dream intact and expanding every day.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on November 27, 2017, 03:53:42 PM

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I don't know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, that'll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdHg4QEmBvk)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-T38GQrS/0/f3690977/L/PA120011-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-T38GQrS/A)


When the train stops in Charleston about 0630 it's dark and raining so I ride to where coffee and wifi are abundant and inexpensive, to wait for light and dry.

Later that morning it's an easy flat ride (story of my life for the next few weeks) heading to the Oh So Nice Not So Hostel (https://notsohostel.com) (thanks for the tip, Judy - I can barely wait to meet you!) where I decide it's time to rest up for a few days.

Parked right in the kitchen
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mRBLmHL/0/ff7949be/L/PA110001-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mRBLmHL/A)

where I spend some time meeting interesting folk from all over the world. Isabella is from Bosnia having been forced to leave by the troubles some decades back; she's traveled much and is a joy to visit with, providing some appreciated food tips. Eating well on the road isn't easy sometimes and she knows what's she's on about, nutrition wise.

I also met a couple from New Zealand who give me some inside scoop on riding there (NZ was on the short list this year but was pushed back due to family issues with a potential riding companion... maybe next winter?)

When I'm not there I'm out there riding and meeting people.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7JPwBzn/0/36a49e16/L/PA110124-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7JPwBzn/A)

Since before visiting Robert my drive train has been making a clicking noise which is particularly maddening as it's intermittent... arrrgh.

Fortunately Eric is an experienced hand with such things has a few wrench moves later my bottom bracket is no longer getting inside my head. Thanks, dude! (https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-qVGwZLC/0/3127a201/L/PA110119-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-qVGwZLC/A)

My The Great Divide water bottle has gone missing and William fixes me up with a new one, gratis, and cements himself and this bicycle shop into my Cool Places To Be Hall Of Fame.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QDcn3nx/0/8baba17d/L/PA110120-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QDcn3nx/A)

Someone I didn't get to meet, durnit.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Lzh9S4k/0/02180523/L/PA100025-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Lzh9S4k/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-FKCfzMB/0/92664b85/L/PA100028-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-FKCfzMB/A)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-SMqWDHp/0/9b8b4d58/L/PA100030-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-SMqWDHp/A)

But at least I know of him and my life is better for it.

It's even rougher than it looks
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3Md6SZB/0/f1ad9d27/L/PA110137-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3Md6SZB/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7QqhqTk/0/ea3ca6c2/L/PA110146-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7QqhqTk/A)

so I briefly transition to a sidewalk surfer and stumble into this place.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5cqDK6F/0/f106b0ee/L/PA110153-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5cqDK6F/A)

The owner tells me liquor has been sold at that location since inception; during Prohibition it was a speakeasy and another testimony to the maxim 'Ignorance is no excuse for the law'.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-BdKTg6x/0/d55f8d77/L/PA110152-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-BdKTg6x/A)

I'm not the type to have much by way of itinerary so I cruise around, looking.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-6vjZfK6/0/e9437cec/L/PA110042-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-6vjZfK6/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-cMZTRFW/0/1d5250ee/L/PA110069-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-cMZTRFW/A)

Outliers need love too. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LM7xkbH/0/5228a2c8/L/PA110085-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LM7xkbH/A)


Next stop: Beaufort and meeting a certain someone I've been talking to since February when, only a few hours after I posted it, she responded to my companions wanted listing.

I am stoked as this ride is this. :nod
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-KGnRPwf/0/70df623c/L/PA140005-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-KGnRPwf/A)

Goosebumples rising as I write that!

I like goosebumples as they mean all is better than well. :)

Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 02, 2017, 03:08:48 PM
Charleston to Beaufort SC


Nobody knows what's going to happen
Nobody knows what's going on
Nobody knows what's coming down
But it's coming down
And it happens in a moment
It happens in a moment

Do this for me
Or risk eternal agony

This is fear country (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5XdXQYNRKg)


Because when I was in Baltimore my effort to follow the East Coast Greenway was a bust (it kept disappearing no matter how diligently I tried to follow the signs... story of my life :) ) I called the ECG office and talked to some gal; she told me a group had left Charleston that day and obtained a police escort to get over the bridge heading out. :eek

So I left before light to beat the traffic and who'da thunk - the bridge crossing was easy peasy and once again I conclude we live in a society where TPTB peddle fear - Michael Crichton was spot on.

(this is no reflection on the gal - she's likely doing what she's been told to do by someone who is a fear peddler which is of course the right thing to do if you're in her position)

I rode the ECG until I ran into this
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-2qwbZQW/0/de6cc660/L/PA130023-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-2qwbZQW/A)

where I was fortunate to find a fellow cyclist who told me how to get to the highway I needed to go the rest of the distance.

That ride was excellent: flat and a tailwind almost all the way with a decent shoulder and I maintained the best moving average I'd done so far.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Zzpm7kW/0/2d6f4232/L/PA130034-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Zzpm7kW/A)

I made it to Beaufort and spent the night sleeping behind a furniture place where I was disturbed only by skeeters (too lazy to set up the tent)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-r3CGM5J/0/aeae0a1e/L/PA140002-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-r3CGM5J/A)

so the next morning when I met Judy I apologized for looking like I had some contagious crap on my face and she graciously said she hadn't noticed.

We spent that day walking around checking out some sights and having a good time together; from the time we first talked on the phone I really liked her quick laugh and lilting New England accent and in person was even better.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-vQSzPLM/0/8365ac62/L/PA140017-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-vQSzPLM/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-MDXdxbq/0/74b40e8f/L/PA140032-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-MDXdxbq/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-P4tdW43/0/0f7e6ed4/L/PA140040-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-P4tdW43/A)

We went for a bicycle ride and got in more than 20 miles on a very nice path - good to ride an unloaded bicycle for a change... makes me feel like a young buck again!

I slept another night at the furniture place and next day rode out to her campsite to spend another day together.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7tXgc9h/0/961a7874/L/PA160033-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7tXgc9h/A)

She's lived in her tent for 3 years car camping - she lands some place, sets up house and then spend the days when she's not working as a professional writer investigating in depth the local area.

You can see for yourself: www.judygrillo.com

Home for tonight...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RM4bZw6/0/06bac7b4/L/PA160054-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-RM4bZw6/A)

you note I took the time to avoid feeding any more skeeters. ;) I really like my Hilleberg Niak - simplicity itself to assemble; the concerns about ventilation are in my experience way overstated.

She drove us to Hunting Island State Park where we sat around basking in the glorious sun when we weren't walking. We were both unaware of what this is
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-w479BG3/0/c7a58ccb/L/PA150024-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-w479BG3/A)

until we found a guy taking pics of them who explained they are Leather Olives... who knew?

Hurricanes take the occasional toll here
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3jt3nDt/0/aa92e33c/L/PA150011-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3jt3nDt/A)

but it comes with the territory and tends to keep the riff-raff out...

'cept me. :)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-W83K8pS/0/0aa09659/L/PA160064-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-W83K8pS/A)

That night we enjoyed a quiet evening next to our campfire and I was reminded again how blessed I am to be able to do this little ride; just over a couple of years ago I was one sick puppy, about which more later.

Next morning when Judy rode off into the distance on her daily ride
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-2rkjDPz/0/c39a786b/L/PA160058-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-2rkjDPz/A)

I headed back to Beaufort and on the way to stopped at a church to worship in my own kinda way.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4p9WRV5/0/af9758cd/L/PA160076-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4p9WRV5/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5rjb7m3/0/109fe0b6/L/PA160116-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5rjb7m3/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-2Vzgw6R/0/5d5114d5/L/PA160125-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-2Vzgw6R/A)

On that route I met Dylan who works at his father John's bike shop; his dream is to pilot big boats and I have no doubt he'll do exactly that.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LcvBg3N/0/e9aa6900/L/PA170004-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LcvBg3N/A)

One of these days I'll figger out what I want to do when I grow up. ;)


I'm a recovering drunk who is deeply appreciative of the power of the fellowship which results from us lot getting together to share our experience, strength and hope. I'd attended a meeting first night in town and when I rolled back happened by the meeting place
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QVP9VLG/0/cb47575b/L/PA160191-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QVP9VLG/A)

where I met Tom again and before I knew it he'd offered to put me up for the night! His wife was gracious and allowed him to let some ragamuffin bicycle dude sleep on the floor and I couldn't be more grateful.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-KsXLph4/0/6242495b/L/PA170001-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-KsXLph4/A)

I enjoyed a wonderful evening with them which happened to include a free home-cooked meal... life is good here in moron world. :nod

Next morning Tom drove me to Hardeeville to save me a few miles and I stayed there for a couple of days before heading inland.


Wow, just wow: the people you meet when you get out there and do stuff.

Thanks, Judy, and maybe we'll ride together yet.

And thanks Tom - your story about the Doctor putting an IV of straight vodka into your arm after you got busted up to keep you from dying while detoxing...

fack: that's the kind of thing that makes me appreciate being alive even more.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Kx2H4LG/0/66bd08d3/L/PA180002-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Kx2H4LG/A)
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 03, 2017, 08:25:57 AM
Hardeeville SC to Statesboro GA


Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, "This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem."
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell (https://vimeo.com/179637318)

After a down day in Hardeeville my next goal was Statesboro GA so I plugged it into the Garmin and rode away, trusting the satellites and technology and the Universe generally.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WmhJvDN/0/9675e68d/L/PA210015-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WmhJvDN/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-HqnmQHs/0/ca7f03d5/L/PA190016-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-HqnmQHs/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-hW8nW9D/0/f08f94f7/L/PA190043-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-hW8nW9D/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZDxZh54/0/ff62c0f1/L/PA190098-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZDxZh54/A)

Next time I ride by Lords Cemetery Road I'll make a point of checking it out but today I'm making some miles.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WJrSSTR/0/18a068f2/L/PA220128-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WJrSSTR/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LrFhxs9/0/b10edddf/L/PA200001-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LrFhxs9/A)

Doesn't look like much but it focused my attention (no mean feat ;) ) for a moment and when I stopped to document it I realized I'd just about ridden by without noticing something cool
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7R6kzKP/0/8f9d0b93/L/PA210027-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7R6kzKP/A)

right out in the middle of somewhere.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3XsQNL4/0/5a00bf6e/L/PA210043-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3XsQNL4/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-SS2QNVZ/0/584f1d0b/L/PA210034-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-SS2QNVZ/A)

I bet this guy chuckles a lot muttering 'made you look'. :)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-DP8pVx2/0/aa03f6de/L/PA210012-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-DP8pVx2/A)

Graduate level marketing. :nod
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VWc97HG/0/628b2825/L/PA210062-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VWc97HG/A)

Looking east after climbing the first significant rise since I left Charleston
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-CSCXWdt/0/fe729489/L/PA190082-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-CSCXWdt/A)

to get to Georgia.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WZv3Zkb/0/71766153/L/PA190059-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WZv3Zkb/A)

Yupper, I'm there. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-vknr6kG/0/8b67fd06/L/PA190143-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-vknr6kG/A)

I made it to Statesboro in good time and found this
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and COOL! This just riding around finding stuff is a good gig.

Thanks to the folks at the golf cart shop there in town for unwittingly providing me a place to sleep for a couple of nights.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Qm7rB27/0/848927df/L/PA200194-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Qm7rB27/A)

I'm getting particularly picky about where I sleep and picking up a trick or two along the way.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 03, 2017, 08:43:12 AM
Not quite all the way to Macon


I see you now and then in dreams (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nPasx1LGrE)


Next day a short ride to Swainsboro, through (a) Portal.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4NfLmMX/0/5de2e850/L/PA210051-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4NfLmMX/A)

It's remarkable how much more you experience on a bicycle - time to see various claims to fame.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-GqdvJRF/0/2c81e949/L/PA210075-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-GqdvJRF/A)

And each signpost has more meaning when you aren't hurtling past.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-dnTVQ69/0/4a5cf233/L/PA220100-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-dnTVQ69/A)

I met Duke who works at the grocery in Swainsboro and I need to follow up with him - the email he gave me bounced and he showed initiative in chatting me up - a small town dude with potential.

I went to the AA meeting but no offers on a place to stay so I hid in plain sight at the Methodist church.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4m8LFhz/0/c23eafca/L/PA220085-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4m8LFhz/A)


Next stop: a hostel in Irwinton Judy recommended and as she gets around I trust her judgment.


Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 03, 2017, 10:18:53 AM
Stoking a fire in Irwinton for fun and profit

http://www.looseatthegoose.com

Hi, Donna! I loved my time there, Judy said hi and keep up the good work.


Lord, I was born a ramblin' man
Tryin' to make a livin' and doin' the best I can
And when it's time for leavin'
I hope you'll understand
That I was born a ramblin' man
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68X8o0S7vJc)

Next morning prior to leaving pirating wifi at the Dairy Queen in Swainsboro; unfortunately it didn't quite reach the Methodist church. ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-MzmRBpz/0/49a51a4e/L/PA220090-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-MzmRBpz/A)

On the way to Irwinton you'll leave the flat lands
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mxz9cMv/0/9c6a4d82/L/PA220106-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mxz9cMv/A)

reaching loftier heights.

I learned a long time ago when an Alabama boy told me 'squirrels are just rats with a presentation' LOL not to conflate southerners with hicks and that has served me well over the years.

Donna told me she wouldn't be there until later that evening but to make myself at home, and I did
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-dFC39tx/0/56d89971/L/PA220141-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-dFC39tx/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-xXQp54Q/0/47104bb1/L/PA250026-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-xXQp54Q/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-X763H3S/0/8bd39688/L/PA260037-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-X763H3S/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-R34j7dh/0/5ad62db1/L/PA250017-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-R34j7dh/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Ddb4tqw/0/ad827aa8/L/PA250029-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Ddb4tqw/A)

in a wonderful place.

Donna's vision for Georgia is brilliant and should be replicated, in my rarely humble but occasionally highly accurate opinion. :)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QZJnNRq/0/a0a0ebd9/L/PA260038-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QZJnNRq/A)

I spent a few days finally getting the website fired up, collecting thoughts and enjoying small town Georgia
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mRzW4DP/0/e942c816/L/PA220145-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-mRzW4DP/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-GPKcXwx/0/7a06cb58/L/PA210071-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-GPKcXwx/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-n9Rk9Jw/0/0c1d73ac/L/PA220153-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-n9Rk9Jw/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PwzX3jx/0/1269d0d0/L/PA220129-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PwzX3jx/A)

and I love it!

I guess I better... :eek ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Vsmt6Bb/0/e71663c6/L/PA230014-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Vsmt6Bb/A)

http://www.maebobsdiner.com/

A German couple who had ridden from Canada were the only other guests during the four days I was there - the peace and quiet I enjoyed were priceless
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Lf2hNM8/0/c732a676/L/PA250030-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Lf2hNM8/A)

and my soul says thanks again, Donna: you done good work, doing what you've done. :nod

But maybe it's time to move on... 
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nummy (gulp).


Next stop: Macon, another Mecca for me.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: mattbur on December 04, 2017, 12:46:08 PM
Interesting to read and some more great pics.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 13, 2017, 11:19:36 AM
Tip Of My Tongue (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LxjeNviiMA)


Yeshayah 57:1-2 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

57 The tzaddik perisheth, and no ish layeth it to lev; and anshei chesed are taken away, none considering that the tzaddik is taken away from the raíah (evil, calamity) to come.
2 He shall enter into shalom; they shall rest in their mishkevot (couches, i.e., tombs), each one walking in his nekhochah (uprightness, integrity, honesty).


There's an oasis in the heat of the day
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(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-wXPgFgZ/0/81a89727/L/PA270106-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-wXPgFgZ/A)

There's a fire in the chill of night
A turnabout in circumstance makes each a hell in its own right

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9xMwMjL/0/02450169/L/PA260053-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9xMwMjL/A)

I've been boxed-in in the lowlands, in the canyons that think
I've been pushed to the brink of the precipice and dared not to blink
I've been confounded in the whirlwind of what-ifs and dreams
I've been burned by the turning of the wind back upon my own flames

Knock the scales from my eyes
Knock the words from my lungs
I want to cry out
It's on the tip of my tongue

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-MkqCgk3/0/b36d36bf/L/PA270117-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-MkqCgk3/A)

I've seen through the walls of this kingdom of dust
Felt the crucial revelation
But the broad streets of the heart and the day-to-day meet
at a blind intersection

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-gZBFC7W/0/78841998/L/PA270125-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-gZBFC7W/A)

I don't want to be lonely, I don't want to feel pain
I don't want to draw straws with the sons of Cain
You can take it as a prayer if you'll remember my name
You can take it as the penance of a profane saint

Knock the scales from my eyes
Knock the words from my lungs
I want to cry out
It's on the tip of my tongue

There's an oasis in the heat of the day
There's fire in the chill of night
And when I know them both, I'll know your love -
I will feel it in the twilight

As circumstance comes crashing through my walls like a train
Or like a chorus from the mountains of the ocean floor
Like the wind-burst of birdwings taking flight in a hard rain
Or like a mad dog on the far side of Dante's Door


Some guy nearby Mark might have known; when I went to the Cemetery office to locate the grave the gal said since she's been there (she knew Mark's family who, and who knew, had a headstone business) no one else had asked where he was.
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My guess is cannon fodder in Vietnam... anyway: RIP, young man.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 14, 2017, 06:55:23 AM
Nobody asks to be born
Nobody wishes to die
Everybody whiles away the interim time
Sworn to rise from the ruins by and by

The engines are droning with progress
The pistons are pounding out time
And it's you and me caught in this juggernaut jaunt
Left to rise from the ruins down the line

We will roll like an old Chevrolet
The road to ruin is something to see
Hang on to the wheel
For the highway to hell needs chauffers
For the powers that be

Go and tell all your friends and relations
Go and say what ain't easy to say
Go and give them some hope
That we might rock this boat
And rise from the ruins one day

Ever try to carry water in a basket
Ever try to carry fire in your hand
Ever try to take on the weight of the everyday freight
Til you find that you're too weak to stand

Why so pale and wan, fond lover
Why so downcast and desperately sad

We can walk, we can talk
We ain't yet pillars of salt
And we will rise from the ruins while we can
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqtBIWEFRuk)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VnQnCpX/0/ffef21fe/L/PA270184-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VnQnCpX/A)


After arriving in Macon and visiting the Cemetery I saw some other things; one of the big deals in this neck of the woods are the Allman Brothers - Gregg is buried elsewhere and his grave is enough of a draw I reckon its impact can be measured numerically by TPTB.

I rode to the Big House
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LrL84nQ/0/95f3f322/L/PA260010-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LrL84nQ/A)

and the guy in charge told me a tour was $15 so I cheaply reveled in the atmospheric vibes and dreamed of what I might obtain if I sought inspiration elsewhere.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sTHxgc6/0/2c9ba8d6/L/PA260014-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sTHxgc6/A)

I visited a library then found my home for that night at a Methodist church on a main drag
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-h5CGLN4/0/46f08e9b/L/PA260023-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-h5CGLN4/A)

and slept very well. Next morning a fringe benefit presented itself when I wheezingly hauled s/he up the stairs sucking mucho wind - what a great start to a nippy morning!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7N4vVWf/0/cb3c92a2/L/PA270026-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7N4vVWf/A)

Before leaving Macon I went back to the Cemetery and prayed to a Saint... first time for everything. I cried a few tears, bucked up recognizing I was on the right side of the dirt and rode north grateful to be one guy who is blessed enough to be aware of John Mark Heard.

I stopped at a McDonald's for wifi and coffee and Joe showed up a few minutes later pretty much setting the place alight with the power of his personality - he walked in singing and engaging everyone with the joy and confidence of someone who isn't afraid to mix it up and to blazes with critics; it was interesting watching the staid white folks in the place look at him out of the corner of their eyes.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-NDWVtTt/0/f675de4f/L/PA270194-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-NDWVtTt/A)

So I chatted him and Karen up and learned he'd been on America's Got Talent and that show would air in a few weeks - greatest country singer, EVUH!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VBNC9nz/0/791cf1e9/M/PA270198-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VBNC9nz/A)

What a treat to meet folks like that. :nod

Heading toward Atlanta it was a good day for scavenging: two hitchhikers and a hat and other stuff.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-bJx248n/0/094250c3/L/PA270212-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-bJx248n/A)

Georgia drivers get the award for most courteous and most reckless - I appreciate how many moved well into the oncoming traffic lane to give me room but (and I hate to criticize but FACK) many of them stayed in the left lane for a LONG time; once the oncoming traffic had to head for the shoulder. :eek

This video gives you an idea what these rural two lanes are like; no big trucks now but it's a busy highway and your imagination is adequate to the task.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QmTX5MD/0/186791f6/X2/PA270219-X2.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QmTX5MD/A)

I'd lined up a warmshowers host in Atlanta for Sunday but the weather forecast said a cold front was blowing through and I decided after enjoying the unwitting hospitality of another church
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-zzfNQFF/0/db086526/L/PA270280-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-zzfNQFF/A)

to head out early the next morning to get to ATL that Saturday afternoon.

I usually avoid riding when it's dark but this was a worthwhile exception and LED lights are your safety friends.

The pic doesn't do it justice but when you roll through this little town early on a Saturday just before Halloween it looks for all the world like that park is full of life, and not so much.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3VLpGcc/0/53d568fb/L/PA280003-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3VLpGcc/A)

Weird, early in the morning.

Then I took a break and turned around and saw what I just about missed.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-MKz8fGD/0/22035e6d/L/PA280026-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-MKz8fGD/A)

as I headed to my destination for a couple of days.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-zFngdd3/0/d0972e9c/L/PA280049-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-zFngdd3/A)

Courtney and Vlad are two very interesting people who were exceptionally kind to a geezer riding his bicycle around - they took me in, fed me like royalty even though their lives were busy that day hosting an open house (they'd only recently moved to the neighborhood they're in).
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-XZ6mJwb/0/7c90bda1/L/PA280051-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-XZ6mJwb/A)

Vlad was brave enough to share the bolt/boilt/bold/biled boiled peanuts I brought as a housewarming gift ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5mK5Z8z/0/af5ac967/L/PA270201-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5mK5Z8z/A)

and they aren't half bad; Courtney punted and doesn't know what a delicacy she missed.

Yeah, yeah I know... someone's in your space
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-BT5vqrN/0/5587c8b3/L/PA300023-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-BT5vqrN/A)

but know they're pleased to enjoy your company.

Next morning I was very grateful for a roof over my head
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-G8Tcx9s/0/36a8fab9/L/PA300012-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-G8Tcx9s/A)

and stayed hunkered and warm inside and out getting to know this family better - it's going to be fun to watch this young couple as IMNSHO they have life pretty much figgered out at an early age. Thanks very much and hopefully our paths will cross again.


Next day I rode early to the train station and heard a furriner talking so I chatted her up.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5Gg9KGL/0/6485adf2/L/PA310033-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-5Gg9KGL/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PVJg3hw/0/0826f993/L/PA310039-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PVJg3hw/A)

and those few moments turned into a wonderful train ride to NOLA with a very excellent traveling companion and big plans for All Saints Day - have I mentioned life is good here in moron world?

Home for the next few nights (after I escort Diana to her digs): the Way Cool India House Hostel.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-FQ3B3jF/0/24e8c402/L/PA310045-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-FQ3B3jF/A)



Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 14, 2017, 08:29:01 AM
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMS_ykiLiQ)


Next morning Diana (dee ahna) is astounded at portion sizes Stateside and I'm the beneficiary, getting to finish what she couldn't eat.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-pMNQ6kB/0/e19bf88d/L/PB010057-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-pMNQ6kB/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-GCnVbP5/0/36600136/L/PB010049-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-GCnVbP5/A)

She's an avid traveler and just starting work on her website www.englandnotes.com so she took lots of pics.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-thwVgSd/0/445613f1/L/PB010069-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-thwVgSd/A)

And she's TALL - Sharon (about whom more soon) told me she's 178 cm but I look up at Diana - they grow these Germans big these days.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3scCG43/0/0d42cc52/L/PB010157-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3scCG43/A)

We had a great time seeing some sights and getting to know each other a bit - two strangers passing time together and when I'm in Leipzig reckon there's a place to stay.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-g84kj8T/0/a9646fa2/L/PB010065-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-g84kj8T/A)

This was a movie set for NCIS that morning and Diana was tickled pink to get video of when they were filming.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LPr5Kh2/0/c7f7dca9/L/PB010081-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-LPr5Kh2/A)

India House Hostel which I highly recommend.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VX3747X/0/69ab60e5/L/PB020012-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-VX3747X/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Jqdrxxv/0/fa5bdc2a/L/PB020007-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Jqdrxxv/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rGC7HTj/0/7b4dda0d/L/PB040020-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-rGC7HTj/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7bMVcj8/0/1c9beb59/L/PB010094-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-7bMVcj8/A)

We rode the ferry to Algiers Point as she was stoked about being on the mighty Mississippi; I got to use the USofA school trick of M ISS ISS IPPI to put into her mind how to spell it.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Q7zc5DS/0/34c8768d/L/PB010150-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Q7zc5DS/A)

So wow, just WOW: another day making a dream come true with a new friend... and the weather ain't bad at all.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-t3RScz6/0/3981117a/L/PB030036-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-t3RScz6/A)


Next up is Sharon Leigh of rural Canada who I've yet to meet... the tension mounts. :nod
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 16, 2017, 06:30:28 AM
The Sharon Post

Oh my little pretty one, pretty one
When you gonna give me some time, Sharona
When you make my motor run, my motor run
Gun it coming off the line, Sharona

Come a little closer huh, ah will ya huh
Close enough to look in my eyes, Sharona
Keeping it a mystery gets to me
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1T71PGd-J0)


Dear Ms. B.,

In retrospect I guess I had my expectations so high no mere mortal could have met them (but I like to dream we can transcend mere mortality so why not set 'em high?) and in your defense neither one of us knew each other in any truly informed way - we had to flesh things out, best we could, and we did.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-gFktjk2/0/80bd514d/L/PB010056-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-gFktjk2/A)

We could have done much better (me in particular... sigh) and your point is belatedly taken: I was 'enabling' you.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sxmT7Ss/0/405960d4/L/PB030001-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sxmT7Ss/A)

Of course what set me off when you said that was your awareness of the 12 Step vernacular and an apparent obliviousness to the need to accept your own role in situations, but it would:

us alcoholic mind types can be extremely slow on the uptake and unwilling to take ownership of our behavior.

Anyway - please know I remain a better man for having spent a couple weeks with you; remember that first night at the hostel, before our excesses poisoned our time together? 'Life is a gradual release from ignorance'.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PG5fkhN/0/2a1c8def/L/PB040014-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-PG5fkhN/A)


I hope the gloves continued to serve you well and you can keep the speedometer dealie; when the weather warms up I'll mail that sauce I bought at that restaurant as I reckon it would freeze en route to your place in Canada.


From the bottom of my heart - thanks so very much for your trust me in and I regret not meeting your expectations.

But we had our moments, yes?
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-gVx8DQ8/0/9cbd8eca/M/PB040027-M.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-gVx8DQ8/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-DxWbdgQ/0/1adbfee6/L/PB060040-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-DxWbdgQ/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Zwkb6Xh/0/265ab351/L/PB090002-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Zwkb6Xh/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-NH8xXpX/0/357918cb/L/PB060007-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-NH8xXpX/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Dp4zmVg/0/5a5c15c2/L/PB130021-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Dp4zmVg/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-TwQRzzx/0/11eeaf75/L/PB100036-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-TwQRzzx/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sbD5StS/0/8a01c9c6/L/PB130031-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sbD5StS/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3RwWMQt/0/0fc97d18/L/PB080015-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3RwWMQt/A)
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 16, 2017, 06:57:12 AM
(Sharon - I'm gonna need more time)


Tennis shoes hangin' from a telephone wire
I've got a little money; I could get a little higher
I was alright awhile but you know how it goes
Everything in moderation, including moderation I suppose

And good Lord if you're up there, you sure got some nerve
Seems like even the wicked get worse than they deserve
We're afraid to die every goddamn one of us
I swear to God it's like you're makin' fun of us

Not worth keepin, or too good to keep
You got a better kinda secret, better wait til I'm asleep
And if you're so God almighty then what's with all this mystery ?

Yes, I would love to trust you, buddy, but you're clearly keeping secrets from me

At the fortune teller's on the second floor
In bright red letters hangin' off of the door
It said 'closed', I think it might've been some kinda sign
Don't give up on me, baby, I think I could be losin' my mind

I've just met too many people that I love too much
They're scattered all over, I could never stay in touch
Been travellin', almost forever it seems
We'll wake up one morning with a lot more memories than dreams (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaYihBvuGsw)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4TrhgHw/0/ccbb5c8f/L/PB150043-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-4TrhgHw/A)



Everything in moderation
including moderation
I suppose
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 19, 2017, 06:13:09 AM
Will there be any bartenders up there in Heaven?
Will the pubs never close, will the glass never drain
No more D.T.'s and no shakes
And no horrors
Very next morning you feel right as rain

O God loves a drunk, the lowest of men
With the dogs in the street and the pigs in the pen
But a drunk's only trying to get free of his body
And soar like an eagle high up there in heaven
His shouts and his curses are just hymns and praises
To kick-start his mind now and then
O God loves a drunk, come raise up your glasses, amen

Does God really care for your life in the suburbs
A dull little life of dull little things
And bring up the babies to be just like Daddy
And maybe you'll be there when He gives out wings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-noSz2XsIY&feature=youtu.be)


I can't speak for Sharon but as one of those types who tends to look for divine meaning in things (it seems to increasingly happen I find it but I could be wrong) I remain pumped about how things are going in my life; consider:

Early September of 2015 I hit bottom, practically speaking from the standpoint of habitual drunkenness, and started attending AA meetings. I'd tried to moderate my drinking many times but now recognize I didn't have a problem, I was the problem.

Fast forward to summer 16 when a gal I dated in COS told me about warmshowers and within minutes of signing up my education about bicycle travel began; after hosting 75ish riders I wanted to give it a go so in February 2017 I posted a companions wanted notice and received many responses.

Sharon's was the last and best, given what I knew then: an incredibly independent woman who'd overcome a sucky childhood to find her niche in the world and live her life on her terms. She told me once she 'always got her way' and I now believe that is true, almost all of the time.

We agreed I'd navigate us across the Southern USof A and she'd introduce me to Mexico as she's been several times, though never on a bicycle.

And we rode together spending the first three days (we were delayed by one as she missed her initial flight here because of being drunk the night before) together in NOLA getting to know each other and enjoying the vibes.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WhzKGqP/0/f6d4b2f2/L/PB080042-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-WhzKGqP/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-bqDts6L/0/ae148d39/L/PB070009-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-bqDts6L/A)

Like I told her: I hope that our riding together, whatever that is, can serve some higher purpose, whatever that might be.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3vdWzvX/0/d8de0a79/L/PB070013-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-3vdWzvX/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-hDNLKLF/0/92b4f0ff/L/PB010107-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-hDNLKLF/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-b2nZ879/0/4abafa11/L/PB010101-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-b2nZ879/A)

A sign from God about the two oldsters at the hostel? ;)
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9wSZ334/0/a8c27b04/L/PB030043-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9wSZ334/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-J73TFCs/0/b6f2100b/L/PB010117-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-J73TFCs/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-w9MskXF/0/e9998a65/L/PB010127-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-w9MskXF/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-s6n2PTF/0/276d8ec0/L/PB030020-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-s6n2PTF/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-qWBq4hK/0/9699b340/L/PB030031-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-qWBq4hK/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-JW8x7LP/0/5bc72a1b/L/PB020003-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-JW8x7LP/A)

This turned out to be a big deal: Sharon has a bunion on her left foot which can be aggravated by her wearing high heels and when she was partying in Vancouver she did - it was a problem for her the entire time we rode together
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sNBbmk4/0/ac077e66/L/PB050007-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sNBbmk4/A)
requiring short days and many stops to accommodate her pain.

She was a trooper, though, in many ways: using my material she made an orthotic
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-nFTZhbr/0/c40fddeb/L/PB100048-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-nFTZhbr/A)

which she said helped.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZWcG9bV/0/cd5b1f59/L/PB060061-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-ZWcG9bV/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-HKcQz8Z/0/c5b1f17f/L/PB060081-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-HKcQz8Z/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-NH8xXpX/0/357918cb/L/PB060007-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-NH8xXpX/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QD4WhXC/0/c3bdecf6/L/PB060001-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-QD4WhXC/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-czQ7cFR/0/66baa2db/L/PB060016-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-czQ7cFR/A)

So to sum: two problem drinker types, both having their Excite-O-Meters pegged due to the circumstance find each other in New Orleans and lubricate the event with too much wine...
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-k8XTzXx/0/63d92e4f/L/PB060011-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-k8XTzXx/A)

live and learn, or not.

We enjoyed the overwhelming majority of our time together until our different dreams diverged.
Title: Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
Post by: grace on December 19, 2017, 07:20:33 AM
All you need is a sober rider (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxGbwiV4Mo8)


Our time in NOLA was spent riding to various destinations, many of which had alcohol as their primary draw
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and Heaven Forbid I don't take my share of heat for this - I was the one who should have reined in my excess earlier; as it is I took too long and my bad.
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(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-L3DWJN9/0/7d1de45d/L/PB070016-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-L3DWJN9/A)

And it's not like we were riding around buzzed... we restrained ourselves until we were parked for the night and then explored our limits.

We headed toward Baton Rouge after enjoying our last morning in NOLA together.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sVRskjM/0/08c6ec79/L/PB090018-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-sVRskjM/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-hHBszFN/0/d69ac383/L/PB090053-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-hHBszFN/A)

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Fmzxx87/0/bdae827e/L/PB100009-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Fmzxx87/A)

We took the levee trail as far as we could that day.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-h2MdqQ9/0/b578b286/L/PB090129-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-h2MdqQ9/A)

Life in the fast lane
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guaranteed to blow your mind.

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(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-FD4DDQs/0/5941e131/L/PB090122-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-FD4DDQs/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-FkPrvJz/0/66f64235/L/PB090078-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-FkPrvJz/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-kBTPssS/0/618f0ebf/L/PB090135-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-kBTPssS/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-34V2G2C/0/ae000b92/L/PB090079-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-34V2G2C/A)

We met this guy from China somewhere along the way - first touring cyclist I've seen on the road since I left NYC mid-September - good to make your acquaintance, sir.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Phb6X7Z/0/16f3dcef/L/PB100032-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-Phb6X7Z/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-L4MDCxq/0/c2fba0e8/L/PB110112-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-L4MDCxq/A)

We were 15 miles from Baton Rouge and Sharon's foot was bothering her and lo and behold a road angel flagged me down and put us up!
(https://photos.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9Ns3gXT/0/40e06f28/L/PB100075-L.jpg) (https://moron.smugmug.com/I-just-wanna-get-warm-nod-to-Mark-Heard-Fall-2017/i-9Ns3gXT/A)

Home for tonight and if garages could talk...
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actually, I'm glad they don't but there was mercy shown that evening. :nod

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