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05/14  twitter.com/d16n
05/14  It's peanut butter jelly time
05/15  Military Ridge
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05/17  Geologists fed me watermelon
05/18  Big Rocks
05/19  The sneaky hills
05/20  Go and Stop
05/21  Whole lot of bluffs
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05/22  Smells like the North Woods
05/23  Stop and they'll get you
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05/25  Solitude and Dragonflies
05/28  Big timber
05/29  Not too proud to push
05/30  Stupid four-wheeler driving losers
05/31  twitter.com/d16n
05/31  There be dragons here
06/02  Duluth
06/03  Cruisin' the coast
06/04  I am so biking through the North Woods in a cold rain!
06/05  International Wolf Center
06/06  Finally heading west
06/09  Home on the Iron Range
06/10  Rain and loons
06/11  West of the Mississippi...I think
06/12  No more forest
06/13  "Thank you for not wearing spandex"
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06/16  Flat
06/17  Ticks, rain and work
06/18  Wind
06/19  Deer and hawks
06/20  Perfectly centered
06/23  Peace and Turtles
06/24  Chugging along
06/25  twitter.com/d16n
06/25  Push up, roll down, repeat
06/26  Rain Delays
06/27  I must be getting "west"
06/30  twitter.com/d16n
07/02  twitter.com/d16n
07/03  Duct tape, hose clamp and a big iron bar
07/04  The Enchanted Highway
07/06  Something good comes of the rain
07/07  "Do not feed the prairie dogs"
07/08  Biking with bison
07/10  Yellowstone River Valley
07/11  A scarcity of roads
07/15  Tongue River Road
07/16  Reservations
07/17  A short unremarkable day
07/21  "I'm done when I'm done"
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Little Bicycle Trip 2011
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
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Nomadic 2012
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Liverworks Productions
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Bicycle Trip 2014
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Biking About 2016
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Kayak Trip 2017

"I'm done when I'm done"


I thought a bicycle seat could get uncomfortable after a dozen hours, but my bicycle doesn't have anything on these bus seats I've spent the last 24 hours trying to work out a tolerable position on. I consoled myself by imagining that the original settlers probably had it more rough sitting in wooden carriages for weeks on end as they hoped they wouldn't be robbed or shot full of arrows.

When I get an idea in my head I tend to act on it. However, I've learned to institute a cool-down period. In the back of my mind I knew I was finished riding, but I didn't want to be and hoped my brain was experiencing one of its frequent imbecilities. I stayed in Billings (a seedy sort of town with an abundance of street people) for several unplanned days contemplating the pros and cons of continuing my bicycle trip. I won't bore you with my sordid decision-making process and the manifold points-in-case, but suffice to say another bicycle trip is at an end.

Two months isn't bad. I made it further than last time. As usual I have ended my trip with a massive anti-climax. Perhaps next time I should set goals. But I was always slightly evasive when asked (almost daily) where I was headed. I did plan a route, but I knew that life could intervene at any point, so I always answer the question with, "I'll be done when I'm done."

I found some large boxes and packed up my bicycle and gear. I bought a bus ticket back to Madison and then, afterward, I almost unpacked my bike and hit the road anyway. But eventually my boxes and me made it onto the bus, and at the first, second, third and random subsequent stops I thought about pulling those boxes off the bus and peddling again.

In the span of 24 hours I basically turned the clock back 2 months. Many of the bus stops were locations I had biked through days, weeks and then months earlier. It felt kind of defeating.

And so, alas, I am finished with another trip. But I am already gearing up for my next adventure. And all 8 of you out there who read this blog shouldn't have to wait too long to find out what it is. And at least for the next few weeks maybe I won't wake up in the middle of the night not remembering where I am.

sleeping street people

going home the hard way

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