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1,000 Miles


Looking West to Mt. Wachusett, 18 Apr 2021

Of: 1,000 Miles on the Kettwiesel


Of being free

adrenaline no reins


Of independence

riding when and where I want


Of learning a new craft

with the thirst of a novice


Of feeling newly alive

a blazing fire within


Of adventuring

an 'explorer seeker' at heart


Of unplanned routes

time disappears


Of thoughts of cycling destinations

who more than where


Of riveting descents

and inspiring climbs


Of a boy in a go-cart

the centrifugal forces


Of sounds of a Spring twilight

birds, crickets in symphonic harmony


Of hawks surveying from tree-tops

descending on their prey, theatre-like


Of roadside empties of Absolute and Svedka

crinkled cans of Budweiser, Pabst, Old Milwaukee, Schlitz 'Tall Boys'


Of discarded nip bottles

plenty of nip bottles


Of sky views

in furious majesty, and serene magnetism


Of riding with friends

unique riding styles


Of 'riding together' interpretations

variations


Of riding alone with my thoughts

or no thoughts


Of socially distant engagement

engagement nonetheless


Of Black Lives Matter signs

a rolling discussion, of what that means


Of Stop Asian Hate signs

rides not immune to sadness


Of sadness giving way to hope

smiles, waves, nods, masks and eyes


Of immense gratitude

every mile


Of unbridled joy

leaving PLS behind


Of remembering advice

'to live well,' he answered.


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----- B L A C K L I V E S M A T T E R -----


----- S T O P A S I A N H A T E -----


"64 Killings in 20 Days of the Chauvin Trial --- Half Black or Latino"

(NYT, 18 Apr 2021)


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Happy Birthday to my youngest, Kara, who turned 15 this month. An image captured 6 years ago on the summit of Mt. Washusett.

"HOPE"

Pic from Mt. Wachusett, summit 25 Dec 2014
25 Dec 2014 (Alexa - Kara - Luke)

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