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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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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Bumping into a Fellow Cross Country Cyclist: Day 66

06/24 (Day 66)

I started out the day early and was fully stocked up on water from yesterday’s rain. My one-gallon jug was full along with my 32-ounce water bottle, my pot and my bowl. The clouds had been generous and I was successful at harvesting the rain using my rain jacket and tent rain fly. I super hydrated myself and could feel the water being delivered throughout my whole body. Water has been scarce for me at times on this trip and most days I have rationed my water and had to pay close attention to how much was left in my jug. It was a joy today to drink water freely without having the thought of running out in the back of my head.

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Simplify Your Life

You may not look at life the same after reading this. You may decide to lead a simpler lifestyle. You may put less of a priority on money. You may realize that humans are not the only important creatures that walk the planet. You may begin the transition into living freely. You might start living the life you want to. But beware; there may not be any going back to the easy conveniences you take comfort in now.

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