Cycling in support of Limbs For Life

Cycling in support of Limbs For Life
Cycling in support of Limbs For Life

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Addressing the gnaw and fulfilling a means


 The brain fire came from the amount of deliberation I have sank into my next step. Neural sputtering set fire to the piles of dead cell husks. Several cups of coffee did nothing to extinguish it; only fanned the flames. In the end, this cleared the underbrush, letting in the sunlight. Allowing me some real thinking, scheming and speculating (not as painful as I previously thought it to be).

So, with kaleidoscopic images of a thousand ideas and my heart strings making quite a hedge for my brain to see over. I've made a decision to break up this world tour into chunks. South America being the first. I´m going to fly to California and get ready for Africa and Asia.

  There would need to be a page break here anyways, as I work as a means to finance this wheeled cabaret. The hedge I was referring to earlier is also watered by the unknown waters I went tip toeing out into. I have not been away from my family and friends for so many years in a row before (I was in New York a long time before I headed South). I had no idea how it was going to effect me. The FOMO (fear of missing out) is brutally strong. Fear that I'm missing out on the lives of the people I love. It has me questioning my judgement on being away for another 4,5,6 years. I am an adventurer and a groper of the unknown but I am not a drifting orphan. A cast away by choice, a tumbleweed who knows the way home. To ride the world on two wheels is my dream, but such a continuous stretch away from family seems a crime (most that I consider family have nothing to do with blood relation). I need a recharge and a regroup. The main thing I don't ever wanna do (again) is- miss out on true experiences cuz I'm rushing to get somewhere else. This applies in all directions and is one hell of a pickle.

 So by returning to California I break my continuous line. But being the person who calls the shots and is making this up as they go, I'm ok with that.

       This way:
  • I can make make money quicker doing what I enjoy, working with people I enjoy working with.
  • I can rebuild Davie who is seriously in need of some fresh parts.
  • I can reup my gear that is rather worn out.
  • I can tailor my set up for the African deserts  
  • I can thoroughly research and prepare for Africa and Asia
  • I can get my charity ride and volunteer work action together easier
  • I can get this painful tooth fixed
  • I can rip some single track with my pals and get in all sorts of over nighters and micro-adventures.
  • I can have a damn good summer in an awesome place
  • I can see the humans I love and feel better about being away in the future.
 I've got an amount in my head of what I wanna make. After the hoopla and culture shock shit storm of being back dies down. I'm gonna settle into stacking up the nickles. As much as I look to having a good time, riding bikes and cavorting with the clan... This is a business trip. We have a fat tire world tour to make happen!

 About the boat crossing?  I still would like to cross the Atlantic by sailboat. Im going to continue to look on-line from California. If everything seems right, and I have luck getting hired on as crew. Ill fly back to South America to where the ship is docked... Some snowballs might do just fine in hell, people get stuck by needles in hay stacks all the time and odds tend to go up from zero with a little thing know as: trying. One never knows...
  

17 comments:

  1. You could also end your Africa part of the trip in South Africa and cross the Atlantic back here :)

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  2. True, I guess I could. But I'm one of those continuous direction geeks. I'm now a section biker but I want to keep heading East. Cheers!

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  3. Sounds good to me. Why be in a hurry to get there when making the trip is where all the adventure is. And we are fortunate to live in this modern world where we CAN go back to the begining to refresh, rekindle, and return to where we left off and continue our journey.

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    1. Well said, Paul! We have to allow our selves a reset. I realized if I was to keep going now I would be rushing through at some point to see my friends. That is not the way I want to do this. I don't want to be either emotionally tormented or making haste to reconnect. As you know, we as long distance cyclist live in our heads. If the conscious is not right then the cadence is not smooth. This is my life dream, why rush?

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  4. Ain't no rules that say how you gotta do it! Anyway you choose is the best way.

    I'm doing lots of thinking myself right now about where to and how to next.

    May the coffee always be hot and strong.

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  5. That's exactly it. I'm the one driving this thing. Doin' what I please. That's the beauty of it, wouldn't have it any other way. I hope your crossroads also play out well and your next move is advantageous. Somewhere out there one day we'll cheers a hot one

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  6. That's why I don't go looking in haystacks-- too many sharp things. Sounds like the best decision, and you'll have a great summer and have loads of energy to keep moving.

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    1. Yea Nick, prolly a good call. There is to big a chance to get a flat, best to weave through them.

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  7. Don't get fat! Looking for next stories!

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    1. Howdy Holm, Getting fat is certainly not on the list. My insatiable love for evrything bicycle makes that easy. Im basically taking a break from this longer ride to go do a bunch of shorter rides while geting ready to come back to this ride. Ill keep this blog going through out it all.

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  8. As you know, you're always welcome if any of your stateside travels bring you our way during the interlude. I've always got coffee ready to go, if not already brewed, and I'm guessing it's been a minute since you've had a beignet. In the meantime, do me a favor and enjoy a cold one at the river for me, I miss it.

    -MHT

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  9. Great to read you have made your decision and are headed back home, at least for a while. Time to recharge the batteries and finances ready for the next legs of the adventure for you and Davie.

    Plenty more adventures to come.

    Pencil me in for some riding on one of the next legs ;-)

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  10. Cheers to making it up as we go along. Enjoy the summer!

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  11. hey Kurt, Howsit mate? Nice decision you made there...one you won't regret. Things should always balance out..and in this case I think they will perfectly. Have a sweet summer mate. All the best

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  12. You should swing by Durango for some good old CT riding this summer... considering your last year and a half, 800 miles from Cali to here is but nothing! Let me know if you need anything, can help out with parts and such too if needed. I'll be in Santa Barbara in mid-July - time to ride?

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  14. Hey Kurt. We met in Aptos the other day on my way back from Big Sur. Lets bikepack some time this month! Hit me at chris@sanagustin.tv

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