Returning to civilization is never easy after living under stars, espically Utah's vast alien rock forms and blanketing starry sky. But bug bits healed, cracked lips mended, and a snobby nose for only high quality wine returned. Adaptation to social norms crept back, but so did the need for long mindless miles. After a solemn day worth of pedaling roads connecting roads of our hometown, through blanketed golden hillsides that thirsted for water and forest infused tunnels that winded like snakes beneath damp redwood pine needles, the miles drank every ounce of fuel. A stop was needed to restore muscles with some sugary protein infused plastic wrapped dense bar of carrot flavor. Upon return home that evening, Ralph sniffed me out like a search dog on a mission. He knew of that smell all too well, carrot cake Clif bars, and having sat in a laundry basket for way too many days, too dirty from the Utah dirt to share a bed or pillow with me, he demanded a reward.
Maybe there is some wisdom laying under a quiet rock on a snow-capped mountain in Banff, unknowingly calling names. And maybe giving up everything and everyone for a segment in time to humbly sleep under many weeks worth of stars and vulnerably travel through empty space is just the reminder that life is never linear and when life throws it's curve ball, humanity naturally reaches its hand out.
Summer. San Francisco has left me pondering the bubble delusion of this city. Foggy bone chilling summer nights wrapped in down comforters sipping warm tea was the norm of my hometown. But just over the hill summer seeped under shirtless skin and sucked the last bits of winter moisture from any living creature. In exchange for a bike touring dinner of canned veggies macerated in tubular shaped pasta and neon powdered cheese, we hitched a ride with a famous New Mexican born chef, Alia Persons, to the base of Yosemite. The thought of dodging cars for days through suburban city chaos was not appealing. And an air-conditioned ride out of mayhem was well worth the transition to 106 degrees tree heaven.
Elevation gain: 3800ft
Elevation loss: 40 miles down
Temperature: 92 then thunder showers