Trip Log T-1: Acknowledgements

HWWLT Logo on yellowI want to thank everyone who has tried to fatten me up. Larry gave an amazing send-off dinner with four courses that culminated in me staring at the biggest piece of tres leche cake I’ve ever seen, until I ate it all. My penchant for sweets is well known; two days ago our refrigerator was blessed with a red velvet cake plus two carrot cakes, thanks to Joe, Jeffrey and Paul. Still, the scale this morning registered my usual weight.

My panniers, however, are already getting heavier. Rida gave me a selfie stick, and though I vowed not to carry one, I’m going to give it a try. Cousin Andrew gave me a ‘gas = time’ sticker for my vehicle, which is as light in ounces as it is in meaning.

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My friend and fellow architect Dave Deininger gave me a truly meaningful departure note. Dave rode his bike across our country 34 years ago. He reminded me why we undertake such journeys:

I found that my trip reconfirmed my faith in human nature. You will find that the bike will be an easy conversation piece to begin informal interactions with folks along the way. I found that people were kind, open, and generous to me, a perfect stranger “not from around these parts”. 

The other piece that was wonderful was the meditative quality of biking itself; slowly pushing through all the various landscapes and weather conditions. I found that it allowed my mind to clear and I could ruminate about all sorts of unrelated topics; sort of a stream of consciousness existence. 

My biggest debt of thanks goes to my beloved housemate, Paul, who enables my adventures in spirit and in so many practical ways every day.

More from the road…

 

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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2 Responses to Trip Log T-1: Acknowledgements

  1. Barbara Costa says:

    I just saw Bob Botterio at the gym and asked about your trip, and he just told me you’re leaving tomorrow! I will be following you, for sure, and am very excited about your journey. All the best! — Barbara

  2. paulefallon says:

    Great – keep Bob honest at the gym!

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