Last Night’s Bicycle Disaster

Prince Edward Island
July 10, `82

A lot has happened in five days, the highlights of which I am about
to relate. The weather got better once I hit New Brunswick. With the
wind at my back, I managed a couple of 90-mile days on a good to
excellent highway. In New Brunswick I was lucky enough to find two
very nice campsites, both of which were in beautiful forests. I am
putting all this down on paper while drinking coffee in McDonald’s–an
ideal place to write.

I met Mike at our preestablished destination, a beach park just
outside of Shediac. His bike, however, was on another train. That
mistake would need another day to get resolved. No problem, I went to
the retail brewery and bought 12 beers, and, at the fish store, I
picked up 6 lobsters and a loaf of bread. Mike and I decided to
celebrate our bad luck together. I had left my towel and my spare tire
on a tree stump at last night’s campsite and Mike had no bike. Nothing
could dampen our spirits, though. It was a great feast.

The next day we headed out for Prince Edward Island. We were excited.
Behind me, was all of the bad weather, so we took advantage of the
good weather by stopping to enjoy the scenery. My favorite stop was
the one at the end of the day—that was not necessarily so with Mike.
He seemed to enjoy them all. I guess that was why we didn’t get to
PEI until almost dark, and, unfortunately, good campsites are hard to
find in the dark. We put our tents up in a mosquito-infested farmer’s
field. In the morning, before we could pack up, we were hit by a pack
of flies. Mike was first to leave. He told me that he would meet me at the
first coffee restaurant. It was a bad morning for both of us.

Whoops! I almost forgot about last night’s disaster. When we were
looking for a campsite our bikes got tangled, and I went careening
over the handlebars. Fortunately, both Mike and I and the bikes survived
(minus some body contusions), which brings me to the present. It
seems that either Mike or I have made a wrong turn. I’m sitting in the
first restaurant that I came to and there’s no Mike. I’m about to
backtrack and check out the other highway. Summerside is the next town
up, so if all else fails I’m sure we will meet there. I hope this is
not another rerun of our last bicycle trip. On that trip we
split up and never did get back together-at least not back together on
bicycles. I know Mike’s shortcomings and he knows mine. I am
going to do everything possible to make sure that everything works out
on this trip. This is the last time I will see Mike for a long time.
After this bicycle trip, he is moving to Kansas City to teach school.

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About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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5 Responses to Last Night’s Bicycle Disaster

  1. Mr. Helpful, again, still trying to get you noticed. You should look at the “tags” you create as “What are the search terms a person would put in a search engine to find a post like this?” Your first 2 candidates above are not likely to be search terms, and you left out the most obvious ones: “cycling” and “bicycle trips.” Additional possibilities would be “camping” and back-packing.”
    (You can add/delete tags and “update” a post even after it appears).

    Do a search for “Google keyword tool” to go to where you can test your keywords for popularity.

    Almost every day my blog gets a few hits just because I used the tags “fruit displays” and “retirement cake” for a couple of my posts in the past. After visitors view the post that resulted from their search, they’ll browse your site if they like what they see.

    –John

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      Thanks for your appreciation and confidence in my blog John. I too would like more viewers but, realistically, I have to admit that I get a little preachy when it comes to God (my concept of God) and further, my mode of travel does not lend itself to much drama (how many ways can you describe falling rain and uncomfortable bicycle rides?). I can improve on my tags though. I need to think more in terms of words as search tools in Google as opposed to words that I find meaningful and reflective of a particular blog. Truth be told, I’ve given up on trying to change minds. In the end, I appreciate the opportunity to post on the internet even if no one reads it. At least I have fun posting and–when I get a older–I will enjoy coming back to my blog in order to read what I can’t remember. Thanks ever so much again for your help. I am grateful for all the help I can get. Oh, and I might add, that soon (after the above bicycle trip) I’ll start posting my academic work, work that supports my system of beliefs. When I get to level of communication, it would be foolish of me to expect any interested readers whatsoever.

  2. eof737 says:

    Great photos… and I agree with what J.A.R says above. ;-)

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      Thanks for your support and confidence. Glad to see you agree with John. Time will tell on that one. Maybe with added pictures and by increasing the frequency while cutting content, those future posts may not be as boring as I fear. I appreciate all suggestions and support. Take care.

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