Longing to be on the road again

This is the third day of fog in the Comox Valley, with an air quality and fog advisory.

Today with the fog, I feel trapped, longing to be on the road in a warm climate.  I feel like I am wasting away here, as much as this is a beautiful place.

At times I long for the simplicity of life on the road. I feel tempted at times just to get rid of everything and become a nomad. Maybe find an inexpensive place to live in a warmer climate, such as Central or South America.

I recently learned about Bike Traveller Magazine, a free publication.  It is so inspiring to see so many people exploring the World by bike.  http://www.bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundtheworld.nl/

Reading all these tales of adventure, is definitely helping to stir up these longings.  They are calling me to dream bigger.  I love this quote by John Barrymore, “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams”.

Some of the photos you will see are by Juan Sisto.  We traveled together for several weeks in Argentina and Chile.  I was sitting on a stone wall one day in a National Park in Argentina when this cyclist came along.  He said, “you must be Peter”.  He had heard about me at the warmshowers hostess I had stayed at in El Bolson.

Beginner’s Mind

ZEN MIND BEGINNER’S MIND

Recently as I started to teach a yoga class, one of the women said she had been practicing yoga for some but was not an expert.  I thought that was a very profound statement, although she probably said it so I wouldn’t be too tough on her.

It reminded me of Shunryu Susuki’s book “Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind”.  It represented a series of informal talks on meditation and practice.  In one talk he talked about Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, “in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities in the expert’s mind there are few”. Continue reading “Beginner’s Mind”

Park Lane

I left Christina Lake on Tuesday heading to Texas Creek Provincial campground, about 13 km’s away.  When I arrived the campground was full.  I talked to the host(ess) and she would not let me stay.  I was shocked as in Ontario, if you are a cyclist they will always find a little bit of grass somewhere to accommodate you.  So back to Christina Lake I went, and the positive side is that I am staying at a wonderful campsite Park Lane, where the hosts Wendy and Pete give a 50% discount to cyclists.  The place is very natural and quiet.  So it is a rest day today; enjoying reading a novel and relaxing in the sun.

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KVR

I left Monday June 27th to begin riding the KVR.  Unfortunately the trail is nonexistent until you get to Brookmere.  I started on it just outside of Merritt and after 4 km’s it was all overgrown with private property signs and no trespassing.  So back I went to Coldwater Road, a very hilly ride with a lot of tough climbing, over 500 meters.  Finally before Brookmere I spotted the trail and started to ride on it.  It was in terrible condition as vehicles have not been excluded and they have really chewed up the surface.  It is very washboard like and in places there is a lot of loose rock and where there have been washouts, the trail is unrideable.

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BC Tour

June 25, 2016

It has been a while since I have written in the blog.

I’m in Merritt British Columbia about to begin a 1040 km ride along the Kettle Valley Railway.  You can see the maps by going to this link – epic1000.  I’m not doing it as a race, just wanting to ride off road in a great part of the natural world. Continue reading “BC Tour”