Doing P-Town

P-Town Cat-house

June 9
Atlantic Coast Bicycle Trip

In the evening, Richard and I went to the cinema to see Sylvester
Stalone’s movie, Rocky. It was a good flick. When we left P-town it
became apparent that, when it came to bicycling at least, Richard and
I had different agendas. We had to make an effort to coordinate our
daily schedules—food, biking-time, etc. We only made forty miles the
first day. I think things will come together in a couple of days.

June 11

Two nights ago we set up camp outside of Kingston, Mass. We were
still forty miles from Boston. At 2 a.m. the rain started. At 3 a.m. I
moved into Richard’s tent. The following morning I paid homage to all
waterproof tents. It was still raining in the morning when we walked
into town for coffee and doughnuts. We underestimated the distance. It
was a two-mile walk. Wet and miserable, we stumbled into the coffee
shop. We had brought books with us because we weren’t planning on
going anywhere. Neither one of us was into bad weather biking. After
an hour of sipping coffee, the waitress told us about the library down
the street. When we arrived, it was closed. We had a three-hour wait
before it opened, so back to the coffee shop we went. After we had
told the waitress the “whole story” about why we had returned, the guy
drinking coffee at the counter told us we could hang out in the house
that he was remodeling.


About bwinwnbwi

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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4 Responses to Doing P-Town

  1. Good post! I’ve had a camping experience quite like that at Niagra Falls in the 70s.

  2. P’town has changed a lot in the past 30 years. Also hasn’t changed at all…you woudl still reognize many of the places you went, I am sure.

  3. Wow, I can’t type today…

  4. eof737 says:

    Hope that turns out well… what a trip! 🙂

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