I probably could have drawn this imaginary woman with more intense eyeliner... better luck next time perhaps. I love the details that I saved in my blog post 15 years ago:
Originally Posted April 06, 2007
Stopping in Eunice at the DQ for some ice cream, I ordered from a woman who could only be described as wearing intense eyeliner. I was only just into Louisiana when I broke down. Perhaps there is more eyeliner to come. I left Kinder without much fanfare. I rode past fields of crawfish through the cool spring air, Good Friday is in observance today and there were few out pulling their traps in their shallow paddle wheel boats. Other observations of Louisiana include varying conditions of shoulders but usually with glass, large bullfrogs added to the repertoire of roadkill, and honkers. I don't understand how they don't understand that under no circumstance is honking a nice thing. Please understand that you are loud. I can hear you coming. I am not any more likely to get out of your way if you honk. Where do you expect me to ride? You are the one polluting with your gas guzzling truck or SUV. I think I'm done ranting for the day before I start getting mean.
9.3 ave - 15.7 max - 2147.7 odo - 5:23:26 time
Freshwater and Marine Image Bank was the source of the reference photo of the fish.
Originally Posted April 05, 200
I woke for the third time with an attempt at a comforting feeling that tomorrow I'd be on the road. Fortunately, this time, Dean was able to saw and tweak my tandem wheel to fit. After only 8 mights, I will continue to Opelousas. There isn't much else to say except that it only takes about a week for your patterns to change. I can hardly remember the lifestyle on the bicycle. At least I got to observe the time old tradition of scaling the freshly caught perch caught in the pond out behind your mom's house.
The only photo contest I can remember entering into:
Black and White Photography Contest
December 6-12, 2007 Vol. 16 Ed. 49 THE PRESS in Anchorage.
I won 3rd place for this cockroach photo in the "Things" category. I won $20.
Some other headlines include:
Obama? Opening a campaign office? Here?
Russian word for "illegal"?
A rich, dark marriage of chocolate and stout
Originally Posted April 04, 2007
I woke for the second time with the comforting feeling that tomorrow I'd be back on the road. But not until 11 would I know this to be true... Then it wasn't until the wheel was delivered that I found the wheel to be too big to fit between the fork. Sometimes I can identify all too well with the cockroach next to the toilet laying flat on its back wriggling for movement.
On another note... Kinder shut down a Wal-Mart. I have a new found respect for this small town.
April is heavy with birthdays (including my own). I use a perpetual calendar and there are 15 birthdays on it. Typically it is my birthday gift to me to (almost) ignore everyone else's birthday with the assumption that they will all ignore mine. But this year I am going to try to send out a few more cards than normal and it made a great excuse to finally make a bunny stamp.
I first started carving stamps when I was about 40 weeks pregnant with Karl in 2014. I've largely gotten away from it and the supplies have been stashed in a drawer. It was great fun to dust off the lino cutter and share a new craft with Karl. In reality I sat down at the dining room table and started to carve my bunny stamp by myself. Karl quickly noticed I have two carving tools. After telling him not to touch it 15 times because it is dangerous and sharp... I relented and found him a larger piece of carving block. Thankfully he required little instruction and he is quite pleased with his handiwork.
Originally Posted April 03, 2007
My wheel did not come today. This fairly definitively means I won't be leaving until at least Thursday. It's 6 days 7 nights with out the pirates or romantic plot line. I guess the only commonalities are the timeline and the feeling of stuckness. It's not Kinder. Let me be clear. Kinder is quaint and slow. But I so desperately want to be working on my last 21 days. 1050 miles is all I have to go. The salt water spray is nearly stinging my nostrils. April is a heavy month for birthdays. Maybe the fourth of July is an exciting time for a lot of people. I made tuna today. That was exciting.
This evening for a little rest and relaxation, I am drinking some mint tea. The leaves are from my garden. Mint grows like a weed here, so I keep it in a pot.
Also, to follow up on a post a little while back, we now have a working fan and light in our bedroom. The first time in about 5 years!
Originally Posted April 02, 2007
Perhaps everyone should have a TV like the Mitsubishi widescreen in "The White House". It turns off and on at will. So just when you thought that you'd be vegging out watching That 70's Show Season 3 Disc 2 for the next several hours, you're not. You go for a walk. You attempt to communicate with the locals or you sketch potential tattoos. For those wondering about the pictures, I was able to pick up my parent's camera today. It did feel a little strange intentionally going out into the humidity to take pictures. Normally it is my excuse to stop. I found that by looking up MY SPACE MUSIC pages I could listen to my favorite artist anywhere. Laundry will be done tonight or tomorrow and Steven has agreed to pick up my wheel tomorrow. He is a Mass Communications major over there at the college in Lake Charles. So he was going down for class anyway. Both he and Justin have been very kind to me during my time at the Kinder spa of rest and relaxation. Take a load off cause you're not going anywhere and there's nowhere to go.
My post 15 years ago was really just a placeholder post because I didn't have much to say. There was some better discussion in the comments. Do all touring cyclists write? No. But then we don't get to know about them. Made me think about how different the trip would have been if I hadn't documented it. I might have gotten there faster? I might not have been held accountable and not finished the trip? Posting on this blog every day has been holding me accountable to creating. However, sometimes it has me creating content and not art. The content we pulled together for today's post has been on my to-do list pretty much since Valentine's Day when I was gifted the pen. While this is more on the "content" and less on the "art" side of things, I am super excited to get to talk about this pen!
Originally Posted April 01, 2007
The sunlight peaking through the rumpled shades tried to bring the room out of shadow. In the dim I lay listening to the thunder and rain pouring off the roof. Thee is a comfort in the ceaseless rain. But I cannot be in the beauty draped in sleep and sound forever. Tis a pity that I must disturb this silent constant noise.
I also ate crawfish today at the Baptist church's annual crawfish boil.