Ben's Top Ten Reasons for Biking Around the Country Now (2004)

Submitted by Ben on Tue, 08/10/2004 - 00:00
  1. The ship we're all on is sinking. I want to take a look at the lifeboats.
  2. I want to give seasonal migration a try before the climate changes any more.
  3. There's a time for putting down roots and a time for spreading wings. I enjoyed putting down roots in Minneapolis, but lately they're coming back up. Time to fly!
  4. This trip was a good idea when I thought it up in 2001, and everything's pointed me in this direction ever since.

to Willow River SP, WI

Submitted by Ben on Tue, 08/10/2004 - 00:00

The trip out of the Twin Cities was uneventful but sentimental, since I passed a lot of landmarks I remembered from five years ago when Victoria took me along on her Urban Geography assignment.

Today was very cool -- 50s F -- and cloudy, but thankfully the rain held off all day. I'm expecting rain tonight. I was comfortable in a T-shirt as long as I was moving but got very chilly whenever I stopped.

T minus 1 day

Submitted by Ben on Mon, 08/09/2004 - 00:00

Hi, folks. Everything's pretty much on schedule for my departure tomorrow morning. The apartment is certainly cleaner (and emptier) than it's been in two years, and it will be emptier still by the time I go to bed tonight...

T minus 7 days

Submitted by Ben on Mon, 08/02/2004 - 00:00

[originally posted to the Wheeled Migration mailing list on August 2, 2004]

Hello, everyone! This is a test of the mailing list, I suppose, and also an update on my departure plans.

I plan to leave Tuesday morning, August 10, one week from tomorrow. The first day I'll ride from my home in Minneapolis through St. Paul and Stillwater, MN, to a state park just across the St. Croix River in Wisconsin.

Saving the World

Submitted by Ben on Sun, 07/11/2004 - 15:59

presented at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, July 11, 2004

(Good morning! Let me start out by saying that what I'm about to tell you is a work in progress... it's the product of many months of reading many different books and mulling over a wide variety of ideas. Maybe most of it will be old news to you, but I hope you find something new that will help you in your own ponderings.)

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Baton Rouge

Submitted by Ben on Fri, 01/23/2004 - 00:00

I rode into town this morning and got to church well before the 9:30 service, so I rode to the nearby bike shop to see when it would be open. Come to find out it's closed Sundays, so I just went back to church.  I introduced myself during the first service and then settled in to socialize during a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the youth, who recently attended the Houston Rally.  (I never made it to the Houston Rally myself; too long a drive.)