Bike Test #1

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Ugh…!

My lungs are pumping, my heart’s racing, by brain is fizzing…I’d decided to mess around with my bike, and now I’m having some second thoughts. Continue reading

Cycle Touring

Cycle Tour Reuse

Why haven’t I done this before?!

Ernesto Guevara once commented on the way bums with wheels had a much easier time finding sympathy then bums without wheels.  His motorcycle had finally broken beyond repair, but even a broken bike implied some level of class, whereas a bum of foot was just a bum.

And it’s true isn’t it?  A hitchhiker with a crappy broken bicycle seems some how less sketchy then the same person with only a backpack, or at least that’s how many people see it.

Now, in reality my backpack is actually worth more then the old bicycle I pulled out of my parents shed, but after my recent border (not)crossing fiasco the added legitimacy of a bicycle seemed like a good move.

And I have to say…I’m impressed. Continue reading

Scary

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I was reading someone’s thoughtful thoughts today, about adventures and sexism and such.  About the way (generalizing here) that boys get pushed towards fearless risk taking and girls get pushed towards timidness and staying well away from risk.

I suppose some people see me that way, a male person taking risks and going on wild crazy adventures.  I don’t see it that way.   Continue reading

Reassess, always.

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There’s a concept in wilderness survival and risk management.  Basically, if something about your situation or environment changes, and you don’t account for the change in your decision making, you get screwed.

When your plan is based on good weather, and then clouds role in, you need to reassess.  Maybe you turn back, maybe not, but the point is you have to stay open to change.  We make plans with the information we have so it’s only natural that a change in information might change your plans. Continue reading