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Saturday, March 23, 2013

2010 Cross Country Ride Photos...First Day Of The Trip

"You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You're on your own.  And you know what you know.  And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..." ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Just a short entry to show some photos I came across that a friend of mine took on my first day of my 2010 cross country bicycle trip.  Roger Skaggs and his wife, Katie, live in Glenwood, NM, which is about 65 miles from Silver City, NM.  It was to be my first day's ride where I'd have dinner with Roger and Katie.  They'd rented a motel room for me in Glenwood so I wouldn't have to camp out.

For those of you who are familiar with the monsoon season in the Southwest, these photos show a typical monsoon day.  Rain coming in...you can see the clouds and the dark sky in the distance...and you know that you're going to get wet.  The Sunday morning, August 1st, was a humid day and the weather was threatening.  I knew I was going to get rained on.  What a way to start a cross country bicycle trip.  Well, had to get it done, so off I headed.

Here's a video of photos that show part of my first day's ride.  Roger drove out from Glenwood, about 20 miles, to get photos of me while on the highway to their home.  Over the past two and a half years, these have been on my PC but I've never posted them.  Now, having played around on the computer a bit, I've learned, mostly accidentally or by error, how to post videos, etc.  Today's discovery was how to put these photos into a movie.  I was attempting to make a slide show and post that, but I made a video instead.  Well, it worked, just not the way I had intended.

Here it is:


Now, a song, one of my favorites despite its religious overtones, by Van Morrison, "Whenever God Shines His Light".  I'm certainly not religious, haven't been since I was 14 yrs old, but this song has some meaning for me, in ways that count...mostly by opening my eyes.  Enjoy...