Sending love to Northport, New York.

My time there (7/15-07/16) was one of the most enjoyable heart warming couple of days of the trip. I pedaled there from Brooklyn that day and Tina Davies was waiting for me to arrive, as she had been for the last 86 days since I had San Francisco, along with Mr. Smiles himself, Mike. Tina has been such an amazing supporter of my trip and I love her to death. I know how much I love her because I get annoyed with her and am short with her the exact same way I am with my mom, which means I love her a lot. Tina is a mom to me and of course she took care of me like a son. She even had locally grown organic food waiting for me when I arrived. 

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Drip by Drip: Day 2

I awoke at 6:00 and heat was already in the air. I took some time to relax in the churchyard and talked to the groundskeeper before getting on my way before 7:00. I rode 2 miles and then popped into a restaurant to use the internet and catch up on social media for about an hour before really hitting the road. A huge part of me wanted to get on the road early to beat the heat but I just had things I needed to do online. When I left there I had just under a half gallon of water left from the fire hydrant in the Bronx and temperatures were near 90 degrees already at 9:00.

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Drip by Drip Rob Greenfield

Drip by Drip: Help Me Find Leaky Faucets!

If you are a Facebook user, please read, share, and join the conversation with the original post located HERE

For the next week, I will be living off of drippy faucets as I cycle from New York, NY to Boston, MA. That is 250 miles through a heat wave! The weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the 90’s for the next 4 days and there is a heat advisory in effect. I need your help!

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Ponder this for a moment….Day 84

Ponder this for a moment….

Ever eaten a little bag of chips or drank a bottle of soda? If so how long did it take you to eat it?

I’d finish one off in about five minutes. Five enjoyable minutes that is. But besides that what did I really get out of it? There really isn’t much nutrition in either of them. They are both really expensive on a per weight basis. They are very processed. I amsatisfied for a bit but nothing comes long term from this transaction with food compared to eating something healthy that gives my body vital nutrients and creates good energy for me to use.

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A Different Perspective: Day 83

07/11 (Day 83)

As I stood outside in the dark peeing on a bush I tried to remember what happened today but I just couldn’t. It took me a lot of pondering to remember if I went outside much or if I went anywhere at all. I couldn’t remember if yesterday was today or where I woke up this morning. I slowly pieced it together and realized I didn’t leave the house for more than a few minutes at a time. When I woke up I turned on the computer while still on the couch and the morning continued in that fashion. I spent nearly the entire day writing, emailing, and facebooking. I did go outside to pee on the same bush a half dozen times and each time I stretched out my body a bit. I also walked a few blocks to fill up my water jugs at the leaky fire hydrant. I was plenty hydrated but I didn’t eat much at all leaving myself somewhat delirious. I wouldn’t call it a lazy day because of the amount I accomplished and the fact that I barely took a second to be unproductive. It’s a very different kind of productivity from the last 82 days though. Many times I intended to put my computer away but each time I found myself still on it hours later.

Here are some insights into my mind on Day 83 of living a minimal impact lifestyle…

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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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