My workbench

My workbench

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A short trip to Norwell

On somewhat of a lark, I took a trip back to Norwell, my wonderful hometown.  I hadn't been back in a year or so, and, truthfully, not much has changed.  Over a day or two, I had the opportunity to see some old friends, visit a project which I helped start with a friend, and reconnect with some of my early roots.

Oh, it was also FIVE degrees out most of the time.  I was biking around on my new folding bike, and learned a fair bit the hard way about keeping warm while heading into the wind, and the intricacies of riding on hard-packed snow with 20" tires.

All in all, it was a fun trip.  I still have people trying to "look out" for me- I hate the idea of lying to a friend, but ironically many of the people I knew growing up really wouldn't understand my desires to push myself physically in the directions which I choose to push.  Nudging the truth here, omitting something there, and I was able to have a fair bit of fun while not offending, nor arguing with, anyone.

So, a fun and productive trip.  I did not see everyone that I wanted to, which is unfortunate but a reality of life.  I won't likely be back any time soon, as I don't really see that there is anything which this place can offer me anymore.

Who knows, only time will truly tell.

Soon enough, Rochester, NY!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

heading to Boston

I am on a bus bound for the City on a Hill, Boston.  While my final day of work is this coming Saturday, I feel that this marks the true beginning of my renewed travels.  I don't know what I will be doing, where I will be sleeping, carrying almost all untested gear.  Well, what better test run that clear skies, a chance of snow showers, and single digit temperatures.  If I am good these next few days, I think I can tackle most climates I am expecting in the this year.

Along the same lines of thought, I am completely untroubled by my lack of plans and certainty.   Quite to the contrary, I am enjoying the freedom which spontaneity brings.

Well, that is all for now.   I need to catch some sleep on this ride for my hopefully busy day visiting friends.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Unexpected obstacles

Like an invisible sinkhole, I have been slowly drawn downwards, unwary prey caught by an emotionless trap.  I've shirked my work, both both mental and physical, and allowed myself to get soft.  The physical stuff is remedied easily enough on the road in a few days, but the mindgames I've fallen into were, at times, debilitating. Common concerns, like not knowing EXACTLY where I would be, worrying about insufficient funds and indecision between incredible option A and incredible options B thru Q have conspired to instill a sense of fear within me.

With that in mind, I am leaving next week.  I'll be back for Thanksgiving.  Probably.

I spent a few days visiting a very cool nomad up in Montreal, who helped me to remember my most important of rules: Don't worry (I won't say how she did it, but if a live chicken was, in fact, used, the shaman assured it was free-range).  Re-armed with this beautiful little pearl of knowledge, I am off to Boston to visit some friends on Tuesday.  My last day of work at REI is Saturday.  After that...Well, there are a lot of roads out there...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Take Flight!

I haven't booked it yet...I am still sussing out some final research...But it looks like Iceland on the 27th of Feb, and after a week of Fun in the Sun there, I am heading to [Copenhagen, Oslo, Amsterdam, Frankfurt] mainland Europe...Haven't decided which, the flights in total should cost $450 or so (one-way).  I plan to do the Scandinavian loop, as well as touch on some warm sand beaches in the south...when/where/what is still up in the air, and the notion of a specific route is still ... well, ethereal.  But the seed of the idea to make a plan has been planted!  

Get stoked, Stove rejoins Europe March 2013!