Posted in August 2011

Gear in a box.

Gear in a box.

I returned home from WMRS and a box was happily waiting on my doorstep. The kind folks at Scorpion EXO sent me a fantastic set of their long distance adventure gear. Luckily, for my larger frame, the jacket, pants and gloves fit terrifically.  Sometimes it’s hard to prepare for rain and cold weather in the … Continue reading

Maps.

Maps.

Maps. Preparation. Planning. Destinations. I place upon the walls of my living room maps of the places I want to visit.  Each day I stare at them.  I make notes of points of interest.  I research recommended routes. I scan pages of books to reference on the road.  I attempt to plan.  I gather as … Continue reading

WMRS. Pushing past defeat.

WMRS. Pushing past defeat.

The final stretch of Tejon pass broke free from desert brush covered hills to open expanse of golden fields.  The fields, harvest cut weeks before, now brown without water, paralleled the freeway.  Big rigs, dwarfed by the hills of the I-5, now huge since they are the tallest things around.  First 80 miles out of … Continue reading

Overcome. Fear. of. Water.

Overcome. Fear. of. Water.

It seems to be a natural first reaction to my announcement of solo travel: tell me what to look out for, what to fear.  Most of the time, its bears.  There was a fleeing fearful moment, before I researched the reality of attacks.  But yesterday, during a conversation with my sister, a fear stuck.  Of … Continue reading