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Ice cream: Day 65

06/23 (Day 65)

The night had been a long one with the full moon shining down upon me. Early in my sleep I was sweating and hot under the blanket and rain fly that I had on me to protect me from mosquitoes but as the night wore on my body temperature dropped. Considering the challenges though, the night did pass fairly quickly. 

I awoke at 7:30 still feeling very exhausted, but was unable to fall back asleep since my core body temperature was just a bit too low to be comfortable enough to lay still. I pulled myself from under the picnic table and covered my body in clothing to warm myself up. It was a pleasant and beautiful morning but wasn’t hot to start out. I sat at the picnic table writing and without having to wait for too long the sun warmed up my surroundings and my body. This was my queue to freshen up in the cool water of the lake. Another beautiful day lay ahead of me and although I was grateful for the heat that was to come I knew it would be a challenge to ride through the heat. 

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DIVERSITY IN THE USA: DAY 64

06/22 (Day 64)

I woke in a living room full of toys, to the sound of a little boy yelling, “dad, dad, daaaaaaaad, dad, dad, dad, daaaaaaad” and found it quite amusing to wake up in this peculiar place. Neil already had a fire going for me, which he even started using flint and cattail fluff. He presented me with an unlimited supply of local duck eggs to cook for breakfast over the fire. But first I had to bike to the river to collect some water and while I was there I took a refreshing dip in the picturesque river. What a peaceful way it was to start my morning.

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Summer Solstice: Day 63

06/21 (Day 63)

My night sleep under the open skies was a rough one. I woke up many times subconsiously scratching the fresh mosquito bites on my body. Mosquitoes were poking me all night with their little beaks through the thin sheets and on my exposed feet and neck. In the late morning the air cooled off to the point where it was just slightly too cold for me to sleep comfortably. It warmed up around six with the rising of the sun and I got a few solid hours of sleep before waking up the heat of the day at 8:00. I was surprised to have slept for another two hours but I was grateful for the rest. The warm humid air instantly cheered my sprits and I was happy to be alive and well in this Gary, Indiana back yard. 

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Gary, Indiana: Day 62

06/20 (Day 62)

It was a hot morning and I was happy to be a part of it. I spent the morning writing as I sat on my grandpa’s familiar and comfortable couch and enjoyed my last few hours at home. At 11:00 I was off, the scorching sun above me, and I headed along Lincoln Avenue into the city. It was joyous pedaling with my much lighter trailer and I was flying down the surface roads heading southwest. I took Devon past all the ethnic markets and met up with the lakeshore path after about forty-five minutes of riding. A nice cool breeze was coming off the lake and made the rest of the ride to North Ave Beach a pure pleasure. 

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SUMMER DAYS OF REST: Days 59, 60, and 61

06/17 (Day 59)

Today was a simple day. I slept in and spent the morning at my grandpa’s house relaxing and resting. I’ve considered this place a home for a long time and I take great comfort in being here. Of course I had a lot on my list of things to do but I made sure to lead a relaxing day.

The most important thing on my agenda was to wash my clothes. I’d wanted to do this for so long. Some of the clothes I haven’t washed since I got them in Boulder, Colorado over a month ago. I rode my bike five miles to Lake Michigan where I waded in the clear cold water as I washed my clothes by hand with a Dr. Bronner’s bar of soap. It took me about an hour and a half to wash all of my clothes but it was enjoyable as I was soaking up the natural water of Lake Michigan and the rays from the sun at the same time. 

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Milwaukee to Chicago: Days 57 and 58

06/15 (Days 57) 

I woke up abruptly to the sound of rain. I thought I had left my bag open on the deck and that it was getting soaking wet but then realized it was right next to the couch I was sleeping on in the living room. It was gloomy and cold morning but it could have been worse. I figured the rain would probably stop a lot of people from joining us for the ride and I was ok with that, as I desired a relaxing day with close friends. Mitch, Casey, Brent, and I got down to Bradford beach at 10:30, just 1:30 after we were supposed to get there to meet anyone that might be joining on the ride. The rain had let up and although it still wasn’t a warm day it was still pleasant. And one guy from Milwaukee named Bruno joined us!

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Growing Power: Day 56

Today I finally visited Growing Power which is something I’ve been wanting to do for years now since I first saw them featured on the documentary Fresh. They are a 1% for the Planet recipient and through my Off the Grid adventure across the United States I am raising funds for them to keep on doing the amazing things they are doing. They have grown into a huge movement over the last few years so the amount I raise for them will be a tiny fraction of what they receive each year but I know they will put whatever I give to them to good use. 

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Sandhill Crane: Day 55

06/13 (Day 55)

I was up at 4:30 AM and started my day with a stunning sunrise as I pedaled over to the Monona Terrace. ABC channel 27 was meeting me there to air story on the Wake up Wisconsin morning show. I wasn’t exactly excited to be up at that time but it was worth it in my mind to spread some inspiration to the Madison area. We were shooting live with the capital building in the backdrop but the equipment wasn’t getting signal so we missed the first segment at 5:50. We moved closer to the lake for the 6:25 and had more technical difficulties. The third attempt we ended up in a much less ideal spot with noisy traffic and this time the signal was working. Besides the fact that I was drowned out by the traffic I was happy with the story that aired. Here is a link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAG34jhAlug

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RAIN WON’T STOP US: DAY 54

06/12 (Day 54)

The morning wasn’t much to speak of. Lars and John were off at work and I lounged around the house on my own until nearly 3:00. I still had a full battery on my laptop from the day before and I had a lot to do online so I used it until it was nearly dead. It was cloudy all morning but the air was warm and humid. Rain was in the forecast but not until after 5:00 when my outdoor gathering would begin. I watched the weather mulling over whether to move the gathering to an indoor location but waited until last minute to make the call. I was pretty certain it was going to rain though because if I have a gathering it’s pretty much going to rain, even if I’m in San Diego where it almost never does. My last five or so gatherings have been rained on. I’m not sure how to take that. Mother Nature doesn’t like to take it easy on me. It could be taken very negatively but maybe it is a message that it’s not going to be easy to create a healthier planet but I’ve got to push through the challenges. I ask myself what the message is every time and I’m not sure what it is but I at least try to take the rain for what it is and give gratitude to the earth for the fresh water. 

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NATURE AND PEACE: DAY 53

06/11 (Day 53)

I left Grant’s house at 3:30 as the clouds rolled in partially covering up the sun. It had been a hot day, 85+ degrees, and this cooled it off a bit. A few sprinkles fell from the sky and the humid air was full of vigor and life. Leaving town I was tremendously grateful to have spent time with great friends and rested my drained body. I stopped behind the grocery store on the way out and loaded my bag full of blackberries, apples, nectarines, spinach, and melons. This ten pounds of fruit would last me for about twenty-four hours.

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