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Gear and Useful Stuff / Re: s/he is my bicycle
« Last post by grace on November 14, 2017, 06:12:15 AM »
That is one hell of a front rack. I thought the one on my Surly was big but you got me beat. lol...I do like it though.

The kick stand is great. We have Greenfields on three of our bike that we can't use the regular "behind the bottom bracket" type kickstands. When I got my Surly Disc Trucker it didn't come with a ks. And with it being a disc brake model I couldn't mount the Greenfield ks to it as the brake mechanism was in the area of where the seat stays and the chain stays meet. I ended up making a collapsible and foldable ks that goes from ground to the top bar. It's been working out well for me.

When I saw your ks I watched the video on youtube, but unfortunately the Disc Trucker doesn't have that same slot that yours has :(

You have some nice pics on this posting.

Tony

It tends to flop the front wheel around more than a typical rack when you're using the kickstand and doesn't pack all that well when boxing things up to travel but given it'll hold at least a case of beer I'll live with compromises. ;)

After a lot of fussing installing the Surly rear rack I was much less than enthused with how complicated their front rack is and decided against it.

And Amtrak has no issues with the width when you're using that option so so far so good.

Thanks for the kind words and welcome.
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Gear and Useful Stuff / Re: s/he is my bicycle
« Last post by mattbur on November 13, 2017, 08:39:45 AM »
That is one hell of a front rack. I thought the one on my Surly was big but you got me beat. lol...I do like it though.

The kick stand is great. We have Greenfields on three of our bike that we can't use the regular "behind the bottom bracket" type kickstands. When I got my Surly Disc Trucker it didn't come with a ks. And with it being a disc brake model I couldn't mount the Greenfield ks to it as the brake mechanism was in the area of where the seat stays and the chain stays meet. I ended up making a collapsible and foldable ks that goes from ground to the top bar. It's been working out well for me.

When I saw your ks I watched the video on youtube, but unfortunately the Disc Trucker doesn't have that same slot that yours has :(

You have some nice pics on this posting.

Tony
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Share your stories here! / Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
« Last post by mattbur on November 13, 2017, 08:01:18 AM »
nice read of your adventure and great pics.
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Share your stories here! / Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
« Last 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



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.


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.




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.


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.




Some of us cling to Jefferson's coattails


acknowledging we stand on the shoulders of giants.



Some of the giants appear monstrous (this is the lobby of Rump Hotel)


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.
"


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.
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Share your stories here! / Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
« Last 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



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.


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!




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!


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.


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.


Some of them are wily. :)


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.
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Share your stories here! / Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
« Last 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



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









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.
 

And if you head for high ground you'll find it.


Perfect.



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

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Share your stories here! / Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
« Last 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.
















Small ripples smooth stones.












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 has done wonderful things preserving the environment and they have my deepest thanks.
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Share your stories here! / Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
« Last 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



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.






Where he was born.








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 ;)


Can you imagine what the older sister of Henry must have been like? She has the look, in the best possible way. :nod


The family business.










Wait for it.
















Rest in peace, Brother Henry.



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Share your stories here! / Re: I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 2017
« Last 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.

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.


:)

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.


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,


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.


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


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.


Ain't nobody got it all right, ever: still and all we do what we can.


And some get it much closer to right than others.


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


was happening and done very well but that's another post.
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