Start Of Bicycle Trip Of Quebec, Gaspe Peninsula, New Brunswick,
Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Back To
June 23, 1982
Hello journal! Here we are again, together. This time we are returning
to the Canadian Maritime Provinces to complete my aborted 1977 bicycle
trip, and we’ve been on the road for a couple of days already. We
spent last night at Mike and Val’s place in Hemlock and now we’re
holding up about sixty miles east of Port Huron, in this old abandoned
schoolhouse. We could be farther down the highway, but we’re playing
it smart. I am not going to repeat my last bicycle trip where my knees
gave out because I was too eager. A little conditioning in the
beginning will get me farther, even if it’s slow going. Since this is
really not the beginning, without further ado, let’s start over.
May 28, 1982
The purpose of this pre-mature journal entry is to fill in some of
the space between my last journal and this one. After my last road
trip, I was overcome with a need to get down on paper some thoughts I
had been entertaining. I wanted to write about the growth I had
experienced over the last twelve years, so I started to write a play.
The play however was postponed when it turned into a couple of other
writing projects instead. Now, three papers on freedom wiser, and two
years older, I feel closer to God than ever before.
Most of my conclusions, however, are found in my third paper. In
essence, God depends on me, and the rest of existence, for autonomy
while I, and the rest of existence, depend on God for our creation. And
further, God becomes self-conscious in the human being; therefore,
humans represent the freest expression of God’s autonomy. My capacity
to discriminate is an explicit form of God’s freedom. On this bicycle
trip I will let these newly acquired insights, along with the sights,
sounds, smells, and textures of my road trip, sink deep into my psyche.