Old Dude’s Tour – Day 10

Are you afraid of the wild creatures at night?

No. We are together the wild creatures of the night.

On this bicycle tour, there’s a problem with hurry. Hurry is an unexpected deadline. It feeds on anxiety. When I feel it’s grip, I’m not connected, to the earth and the other travelers on this asphalt.

Out of hurry and I left my sunglasses in a grocery store checkout line. Out of hurry I  slipped off the shoulder of the road trying to catch up with my friends. A few miles later a trucker passed me, moving completely over into the other lane. The driver even slowed down to minimize the slipstream coming off the trailer.

In bicycle touring one is good. Five is much  better.

 

Epiphany Calls At An Inopportune Time

A sold out show…

and I have a ticket. A favorite author is presenting tonight at the University of Denver. Nothing to do but wait; until the sun has set, the dogs have finished eating, and rush-hour traffic has faded away. These things complete I can head over to campus, search for parking and finally, engage with the evening. Wet shadowy sidewalks fall away beneath my intentional pace. I’m eager to feel the light and warmth just inside the doors of the Newman Center Auditorium. The corner of the last block passes beneath my feet. I’m going to make it! And then, the flash of a visual epiphany in the corner of my eye. It dares me to stop, turn and take a moment. I can be so relentless when the goal is near at hand. Just keep walking, straight ahead, but then I look back to catch a glimpse. Not even seeing the front steps of the building, which are coming up fast, maybe too fast… Continue reading “Epiphany Calls At An Inopportune Time”