Cloud riding but the land seems already halfway there in Portugal, already an equilibrium of greens, dust, blue.
These first hours are the merest fragmental sliver of a ride across the USA to San Francisco to Los Angeles and then a New York return. But they’re the hours that set the emotions and put us on a road together where we’ll laugh and see and ride an idea, namely the idea that on a bicycle trip we’re in a place up close with our best vulnerabilities and openness, that we’re supporting each other not by insulating ourselves from the landscape but by enabling each other to breathe better in it.
Last days in Greece, a final circuitous up over crossing arc back west to Heraklion, then the ferry.
Beauty and hills, water blue horizons. Mountains with clouds and weather up top. Home of the Homeric gods.
Ascend a small road from Paleochora into the mountainous interior, away from the sunny beach, away from the Libyan sea.
In Greece I toured on my Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro.
Almost seeable enough to shut the lamp so I do, the kind of road with constant curves and the gentlest of ups and downs. Timecheck and it’s precarious at this pace, looking at the contour of the track I’ve loaded into my GPS, maybe, maybe with five minutes to find the dock and get my bearings.
Crackle along the farm machinery double track, all to myself this time of the year—the gusts roiling off of the Mediterranean as if desperate for sure footing on land, even this island, relatively small in the expanse but made of the dense stable rock of its high mountains.
For the tour itself: fenders, custom rear rack, two small Ortlieb panniers, a Revelate front sling with tent and bedroll.
Last days of honeymoon, complete the circuit to Munich, human scales and harmonies, peopled paths, a gentle and loved park with sculpted streams running through it where we watch a multi generational cadre of surfers […]
We meet up with Lael and Nick by the leakproof plan of an email a few days prior, indicating that we should meet under the gothic tower on the Charles bridge at 5pm.