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Inspirational Read: A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf. John Muir

I first read Muir’s book as a teenager.  I believe this is what planted the little seed of thought that festered and grew into a full-blown obsession of unencumbered travel.  Muir did little to plan for a trip.  He simply stuffed a few biscuits into the pockets of his great-coat, slung his plant press over his shoulder and jumped over his fence. 

The book is taken from journal entries of his 1867 walk from his home in Indiana, down through North Carolina and on to Florida. Muir was a stealth camping pioneer who often felt safer in the post Civil War South away from people and surrounded by wilderness.  Finding himself penniless in Savanna Georgia, he curled up in the bushes among the tombs of Bonaventure Cemetery.  Often he would simply step off the road and take shelter under a tree for the night.

Reading Muir’s account, I wonder: what is the primal urge to leave the comfort and safety of home found in so many of us?  Is it curiosity or boredom that pulls us out the door?  Is it some adaptive trait that evolved in humans?   

Personal Note:  On ACLs and MRIs

I would be a pretty neglectful first-person-blogger if I didn’t wax pathetic about my adventure inside a giant whirling magnetic doughnut.  But there’s really not much to tell about this painless procedure.  And the results are in, my ACL has snapped like an old banjo string.  Now comes the tricky part.  How do I spin this tale to make it somehow relate, if even remotely, to the theme of this blog?  Hopefully my rehabilitation will include cycling long distances for days at a time, eating freeze dried food and sleeping in a tent.

More to come.  Thanks for reading, Jack

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  1. dexey
    January 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    What’s an ACL?
    Do you follow Gary ‘Walkingman’ Hause. he is a modern day John Muir, albeit with a trolley

  2. The Velo Hobo
    January 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    It’s the anterior cruciate ligament, one of the major ligaments in the knee. I’ll know Monday what they can do to repair it.

    I’ve not heard of “walkingman”…I googled this link http://www.walkingman.org/

    Sounds like a interesting story to follow. Thanks, Jack

  3. dexey
    January 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    When he was over here he came and stopped with us for a couple of nights. Interesting fellow; very happy with his own company but not anti social. Not terribly outgoing but not anti social :0)
    His food intake is interesting and I’ve based mine on it excepting I prefer coffee to tea and don’t like eggs.

  4. dexey
    January 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Forgot to say – best of luck with the knee.

  5. The Velo Hobo
    January 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Thanks Dexey

  6. January 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Sorry to hear the news of the knee. We’ll hope for a quick repair arthroscopically and a quick return to the bike. Rehab, rehab, rehab! 🙂

    – Zeke

    • The Velo Hobo
      January 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Zeke, I’m still walking around so it must not be completly blown out. I am really missing my bike.

      • January 22, 2011 at 10:52 am

        Well, the good news is that it is supposed to snow again on Tuesday and Wednesday so that can give you some comfort in knowing that you probably wouldn’t be riding anyway. 🙂 I’ll bet that doesn’t help with the pain related to the torn ACL…

        – Zeke

  1. March 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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