David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
Okefenokee 2002
Anza-Borrego 2003
Texas 2003
Road Trip West 2003
Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
Nomadic 2005
Bicycle Trip 2009
02/08  Sumpter National Forest
02/09  Newberry, South Carolina, Sir
02/10  Brute force; then optimize
02/11  Ninety Six
02/12  Aiken, SC
02/13  Through Columbia, South Carolina
02/14  It's not so much the cold but the gosh dern humidity
02/15  Whooeee yaa ha ha ha ha c'mon gul
02/16  Isle of Palms
02/16  Whooeee yaa ha ha ha ha c'mon gul
02/17  Another day at the office
02/17  Isle of Palms
02/18  Another day at the office
02/18  Gear, part 1
02/20  Cold day colder night
02/21  Truly in "The South"
02/22  Rain, wind and hills
02/23  Gear, part 2
02/25  I lost my pants
02/27  Eighty-mile week
02/28  Montezuma
03/01  Snow day
03/02  Calico cats and pumpkins
03/03  Ashburn
03/04  Mosquitoes!
03/05  So what's up with those shoes?
03/06  Would you like rotten bacon with that?
03/07  Claim your lane
03/09  I talk a lot
03/10  Ocala National Forest
03/13  Trespassing Again
03/14  Burned
03/16  urban jungle
03/17  Withdrawal
03/19  Ping, clack, tink be gone
03/20  Everglades National Park
03/21  I walked this?
03/22  "Just like a plane."
03/23  Technical difficulties
03/26  Nothing is simple
03/27  Oranges for miles and miles
03/28  First Century
03/29  Withlacoochee I barely knew you
03/30  Cedar Key
03/31  Feral Cat Capitol
04/04  Cramping my style
04/08  Still in Cedar Key
04/10  Going again
04/11  Stop poking me
04/12  Back roads rule
04/15  What time is it?
04/16  Another day in AlaBAMa
04/17  All you guys look the same to me
04/18  (pictures)
04/19  Feedback
04/22  Wanna see our shrimp?
04/23  What goes down must go up
04/24  One of these customers is not like the others
04/25  Have a safe ride
04/26  Broad shoulders
04/29  Observe that the tower is closed
05/02  Rain rain don't bother going away now
05/03  Water water everywhere and I'm not even thirsty
05/04  Training
05/05  Life aboard the Texas Eagle
05/06  But it's a dry heat
05/14  The end is nigh
05/15  Six mile walk
05/16  Home on the farm
Bicycle Trip 2010
Nomadic 2010
Little Bicycle Trip 2011
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
Bicycle Trip 2015
Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Training

2009-05-04

So I rolled out of bed this morning and loaded my bike on a train. My job is yanking me from my semi-comfortable nonconformist lifestyle and thrusting me back into normalcy. After three days of hard travel I will spend the next week or so at the luxurious Pechanga Hotel and Casino in Temecula, California with room and meals covered. Normalcy.

Life on the train is pretty nice. I plugged in my laptop and got quite a bit of work done as we trundled on across Texas, occasionally looking outside to see cows give way to corn and trees grow steadily smaller.

Probably the best part of traveling by train are the characters.

In front of me: Chuck rolls around in his seat like a flipped over turtle and continuously emits the noises of a small heard of horses. Occasionally, he'll open a package of corn nuts and start chewing away. Who does that in public? I sometimes overhear him: "yeaaah boooy, aaahmm onn the traaaan. Ima yam naaaah mimim na ham I thought he had a jab."

Forward left: in San Antonio: "so I just asked a cabbie for directions to a convenience store. He said, 'go down three blocks to Crackville, then turn and go another ten blocks. You'll find a convenience store, but you won't have any money left.'"

To my left is Mike. He is a total extrovert. He's on his way to LA to meet up with a girl (who supposedly will make 6 million pre-tax producing her current film) and get a job building movie sets. Mike is a little short on cash and borrows my phone a lot. What's more, Angela now calls me occasionally asking to speak with Mike and sends text messages.

Behind me on phone: "Who are you on the phone with? I said who? You're lying. You're lying to me. I love you. I will always love you. Even though you don't love me I will always love you. You better pick up if I call."

all aboard


Dallas

contact me at le@liverworks.com
< 2009-05-03 Water water everywhere and I'm not even thirsty 2009-05-05 Life aboard the Texas Eagle >