Rob Greenfield New York

HecTic, hEctIc, HeCtiC… Day 82

07/10 (Day 82)

I don’t even remember today starting. I guess this is life in the big city, where everything is hectic and everybody seems to know it. Where it takes so much time to get around the big busy city that there is so much less time to be doing things you actually want to do. I’ve found myself muttering under my breath annoyed with the people that were slower than me be it pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, or passengers on buses. It’s me, Rob Greenfield, I’ve been trucking it slowly across the country for the last 81 days and here I am muttering unnecessary words at the people moving slower than me on the street. That is completely ridiculous.

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Rob Greenfield New York City

Hello New York City! Days 80 and 81

Hello New York City! (Also I guess that means I biked across the country.)

07/08 (Day 80)

I woke early at 6:00 with minimal desire to be awake, but as soon as my eyes were open I knew I was up for good. I felt very inspired so I took the morning to sit on a bench with a beautiful view of the lake and write. I wrote for a couple hours and then got in the pond and swam and played in the water and the weeds. I had no need or desire to get on the road early since it was a beautiful morning and there was no place I’d rather be. The only catch was that it was going to be a hot day and it would be more pleasant to ride in the morning hours than the hot afternoon hours.

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The Potty Story: Day 79

I haven’t sat on a toilet in 79 days. SEVEN squad cars flooded to the scene when I sat on this one. Read on for some entertainment and enlightenment.

07/07 (Day 79)

I had been too lazy to lay down my sleeping mat and instead slept on the floor of Sarah’s twin five year old’s with a flew blankets and the carpet to provide cushioning. I slept ok but would have been much better off with my sleeping pad. Upon awaking at 8:00 I took out my computer and wrote for an hour while the house was still nice and quiet. I sat in her pleasant backyard at the picnic table and enjoyed the morning thoroughly. Sarah offered me some locally produced organic yogurt and a peach, which made for a wonderful breakfast. I wanted to get on the road before the heat grew too strong so I was out of there a bit after 9:00.

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Penniless in Pennsylvania: Day 77

I’ve nearly crossed the entire state of Pennsylvania now and I’ve done it without using a penny. Was it really hard? No. In fact, it was quite easy. Why was it easy? Because Americans are wasteful and I am easily able to feed myself off of this waste. Because I ride a bike which uses my own free energy rather than drive a car that costs around 10 to 20 cents per mile to feed. Because the land provides for us and I use it’s provisions. Because I am resourceful and use what is available to me. Because I do good and so others want to do good for me. Because I understand that money is not needed to live and it is only something that has been created. 

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The Gettysburg Nap: Day 76

07/04 (Day 76)

I was looking at the map last night to see how much pedaling I had left get through the Appalachian Mountains and to arrive in the big city of Philadelphia. A huge part of me, my aching legs, wanted to get through them as fast as possible but another part of me, my heart and my soul, wanted to stay in the peaceful mountains for the rest of the summer. In looking at the map I realized I was about a 60-mile ride from Gettysburg and then I remembered that today was the 4th of July. I thought Gettysburg would be a very fitting place to spend Independence Day so that’s where I set my sights on for the night.

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Back on the slab and full of junk food: Day 75

Which of these did I not eat today? 07/03 (Day 75)

-A box of Granola bars from the CVS dumpster

-A ready in the box microwaveable Thai noodle dish from the CVS dumpster

-A can of clam chowder soup (sell by date- 10/11) from a dumpster outside Subway

-7 star shaped custard filled donuts from the Dunkin’ Donuts dumpster

-Miscellaneous bagels and bread rolls from the Dunkin’ Donuts dumpster

-Handpicked black raspberries from the roadside

-A nutty bar found on the side of the road

-A jar of peanut butter found in an abandoned house with a 2008 expiration (still sealed)

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1000 Berries and Waterfall Brain Freezes

07/02 (Day 74)

Thunder roared and the skies poured down rain all night long and I slept safe and sound in my wooden shelter. I vaguely remember waking up a handful of times to the sounds of blasting thunder and roaring trains and being glad that I was protected from the rain and mosquitoes. Starting at 7:00 AM I tried to get out of bed but my exhausted body overruled my energized mind until just after 9:00. The wheat that I had put on the fire before retiring for the night was soft and my stomach was happy to take it in this morning. Before hitting the trail I filled up my water jug at the hand pump well and was grateful to have all the water I would need for the day.

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Rob Greenfield Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The Gateway to the East? Day 72

06/30 (Day 72)

What a day. All around enjoyable but could have been miserable depending on my mindset. I loved nearly every minute of it.

I woke up at 8:00 after a solid nights rest. Clair, the 80 something year old man was around in the morning and I spoke to him a bit more before hitting the road. In the last 23 years the man has had throat cancer twice, two strokes, and has been in a plane crash. He is paralyzed in his left leg and has no feeling in his right hand. I think he has some injuries from war as well. The most noticeable of his wounds was the hole in his neck from the throat cancer surgery. He had to hold his fingers over the big hole to be able to talk and it was very hard to understand him. It sounded like a lot of fluid was stuck in his throat and his voice came out quite gurgled sounding. It was not the prettiest of sounds or the prettiest sight and it was a challenge for me to talk to him.

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This Farm Just Doesn’t Want Me to Go: Day 71

06/29 (Day 71)

I awoke early after a wonderful nights rest in the bunk bed. The last two nights in a row I’ve gotten ten hours of sleep and it’s made all the difference for me. My body is undoubtedly exhausted from my rigorous daily schedule and the energy I put into writing. Although they were great nights of rest I did wake up many times scratching myself fiercely. I have a severe rash on my leg and my pelvic area and my right leg is covered in blisters. I believe it is poison ivy judging by previous reactions that I have had. I am extremely allergic to poisonous ivy and if I get it, it usually means a month of suffering. I’m hopeful that it won’t be as bad this time.

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