It’s great to be connected, and when it comes to connections we can’t complain. We know some people that, in a pinch, can hook us up with really great bikes when there is inclement weather coming and we have the need to get out in the middle of it.
Biking in the cold and blustery: We highly recommend it. Thanks Velo City Cycles for the good company and use of the bikes last night.
Lisa and I took a weekend trip to Wisconsin for Fermentation Fest in Reedsburg, WI. We traveled in our mighty Winnebago although this time we didn’t travel alone, but took some friends.
The Winnebago has always evoked a joyful reaction from people as we ramble down the road. In the first two days of travel we got at least 6 “hang loose” signs; well over twice the average – enough to really feel like the universe needed to tell us something.
Between the cold night camping, running out of gas, and a stuffed up catalytic convertor we heeded the universe’s advice and hung loose as we shivered at night, waited for the highway help mobile, and as I laid on the ground drilling holes in our exhaust pipes to the relieve the pressure from a jammed up catalytic convertor. A big thanks to an unknown employee at Wheel City for the use of the drill.
We just didn’t take enough photos for some reason. I guess that is what you get when you expend so much of your energy hanging loose.
Coloring the whole way there.
The one time I was happy to be on a toll way.
Crossing the country road.
“Drift”. A floating infused glacier ice tasting room.
We had some time to pull faces through the window when we were waiting for gas. Who runs out of gas these days? Answer: Rob does.
A stunning view. The landscape looks nice too.
Cars pile up behind us on the hills. The Minny-Winnie’s 4 stroke engine being choked by the catalytic convertor just wasn’t up to task.
Just plain nice.
Lisa, before getting back on the road home.
SLR selfies are best left to the pros with the stupid grin.
The “hang-loose” became the sign of the trip. I am not very cool when I do it.
A little cold night chili cooking warmed us.
Yesterday morning it was cold in the house. Temperatures had fallen over the night and cold had started to make itself at home. The cold was a physical reminder that although I have been spending much of my time by the computer processing, emailing, and connecting; the physical world had been moving forward and was beginning to show signs of its age in the season.
When our daily life binds us to our computers we become part of an online world that moves so fast, but the fast pace speed of online culture isn’t something we feel, rather it is inaudible noise. In contrast, the changes of the earth are felt through our bones and it has made itself known to the bones of every person who has come before us.
Yesterday as I woke up chilled, I cozied up to the feeling that connected me to the physical earth and the warmed my heart and for a time muted out the inaudible noise that had come to make itself a home in my head.
The start of the cold weather tells your body that now is a good time to slow down, to seek shelter, and prepare yourself for the winter.