September 4, 2001
It's been over two years since I completed my journey
and much has happened:
I've change jobs four times since returning. The company I left before
I started my trip is gone, another I worked for upon returning has closed
its doors and two others have cut staff including me. I've met an amazing
woman and will be married in 5 days.
More than a year after I said good-bye to Tandem Teachers with the Grand
Tetons as a backdrop, I paid them a visit. They spent the previous summer
walking from Holland to Northern France and will finished that trip
in the South of France this summer. Hob put on a slide show of great
pictures that he took from our trip. It was great to relive the trip
through someone else's eyes. The pictures were amazing and belonged
in a book. Hob gave me some of the slides and I added some of the best
to the site.
Here are some observations:
Getting to a destination by car is does not compare to the feeling of
arriving by bicycle.
Too many people in New York City are in a hurry. Cabs rush up to red
lights. People push into subways. No one gives anybody a break. They
are all competing for nothing. They all need to take a long self-propelled
The better our standard of living gets the more people complain. What's
going to happen if things get really bad?
Every once in a while something around me takes me back to the trip.
It could be a breeze, a smell, the sun on my face, the feeling of the
road under the bike or just the routine of preparing for a short ride
around the park.
I'll never forget my trip and it affects me everyday.
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