Wow! Long time between posts, eh?
When we began planning this journey, I was able to do a fair amount of reading. Much of what I read were blog posts from people who were able to post their experiences on nearly a daily basis. I particularly enjoyed a book by David Freeze, called, “Lord, Ride with Me Today”. He sent daily updates to a newspaper in his hometown of Salisbury, NC. I felt confident that I would be able to do something similar, but I neglected to focus on the simple truth that every ride is different. So it has been for me.
Unlike others, I am not the type of writer who can just sit down in front of a keyboard and have the words flow from my fingertips. Counterintuitively, this is even more true when being over-awed by the beauty of nature and the kindness of strangers along this route across America. I need time to process the outstanding events, time to sort out the superlatives that are best applied here and not there, time to strive for something that is readable, understandable and perhaps even enjoyable. I haven’t been able to find that time, so I offer you my apologies here.
Fortunately, I am married to a simply amazing, beautiful, thoughtful woman who is riding next to me every pedal stroke of the way.
Lucia has been posting nearly daily updates on our Facebook page, Two Traveling Trikes. Lots of pictures have been going up as well, so if you haven’t done so already, head over there for the travelogue of our amazing trip. Riding with her has immeasurably increased the joy of this trip, has made each and every day something to look forward to. In all the cool, wonderful, unique things I have seen on this trip, I have again realized I am married to the most cool, wonderful and unique person.
So now back to the title for this post …
On Saturday, August 6th @ 4:00 pm MDT, Lucia and I reached the top of Hoosier Pass. In addition to being the highest point on the TransAmerica Trail @ 11,539 feet (3,517 meters for you metric-philes) and the ninth time we have crossed the Continental Divide, we also crossed over the midway point in our 5,500 mile journey. After a rest day in Fairplay, CO, we will leave all the mountain ranges of the West behind. The Plains await.
So as we prepare to start a new phase of our adventure, some thoughts and a few images come to mind. The first is one I have already mentioned – every ride is different. Even though we are riding together, Lucia and I are having a slightly different experience — which actually makes the adventure even better. We each see things the other doesn’t. Like the Cow-tapult device — this is actually a device to help stack hay invented in the 1800’s and still used sometimes today, but we kept seeing this in fields near cattle, so in a silly moment, Lucia wondered if it was used to launch a cow into the air, which nearly caused me to ride off the road as I reeled with laughter.
How about seeing faces in the rocks?
This is a whole lot like looking at puffy clouds and seeing faces, bunny rabbits, etc in them. I have seen everything from Ben Grimm to an embracing couple and many, many faces in the rocks. Of course, your position relative to them can change your whole perspective.
The second thought is also one you have heard before. This country and the people in it are pretty darn great!
You don’t even have to go on a cross-country adventure to find greatness and natural beauty, but it can help to let you see the caring and compassion; the spirit of nearly every community, the sense of camaraderie in camps everywhere, as well as the sometimes quiet desperation of people trying to make ends meet.
We are humbled by all we have seen and we question our assumptions when we assign judgements to others without first knowing who they are and what their experiences have been. I have more thoughts and many, many more pictures to share, but it’s late and we have to get up early, ride to a new place and have a new adventure …
Keep on Rolling!