Virginia

Submitted by Ben on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:30

[posted to the Wheeled Migration Yahoo group on March 27, 2005]
Happy Easter! Just a quick update since I have Internet access tonight.

Friday's plan was simple enough: I would bike from Durham to a shopping center on the near side of Raleigh, meet my sister's childhood friend Amber for lunch at 11, and then ride north to Falls Lake Recreation Area in the afternoon. But about a mile from the rendezvous, I got a flat on my left trailer tire -- the first one it's had in the whole trip.

March 19: North Carolina

Submitted by Ben on Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:09

[posted to the Wheeled Migration Yahoo Group on March 19, 2005]
I had planned to ride into North Carolina Wednesday, but I didn't quite make it... it was farther than I thought (remember I had lost my maps), and there was a constant, cold rain that really took the wind out of my sails. I had to stop at several shopping centers during the day just to warm up and dry off so I could keep functioning.

March 15: Myrtle Beach

Submitted by Ben on Sun, 03/15/2015 - 18:44

[posted to the Wheeled Migration Yahoo Group on March 15, 2005]
When last I wrote you on Friday evening, I was about to go in search of a bar with happy-hour specials on food. I found an Irish-American pub that fit the bill. Then I walked to the riverfront and watched the sun set. A tremendous, gusty, cold wind blew in as the sun went down, so I had to keep walking to stay warm!

Mar. 11: Charleston

Submitted by Ben on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:30

[posted to the Wheeled Migration Yahoo Group on March 11, 2005]
Greetings from "The Most Historic City in the Country!"

As you already know, I rode back through Savannah Monday morning and got a new bolt for my seat, plus a spare just in case, and I stopped at a gelato shop to send you all an e-mail.

Mar 7: Savannah Explorations

Submitted by Ben on Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:15

[posted to the Wheeled Migration Yahoo Group on March 7, 2005]
I spoke -- or wrote -- too soon in my negative assessment of the Savannah Hostel. Although you can see at hotel review sites that other people have had bad experiences with the manager as well, he warmed up as the weekend progressed, and I really enjoyed talking with the guests from around the world, and that made up for a lot.

Zen and the Art of Jim Henson

Submitted by Ben on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:18

Years ago, I taught an informal class where I gave a quick summary of the plot of Robert M. Pirsig's book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which has never been made into a movie) and then made the case that Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is in fact a movie adaptation of it. Since I know a number of people who have found Z&AMM too difficult to read, here is the breakdown:

Super Plant!

Submitted by Ben on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 11:49

It was the early summer of 1999. I had been living in the Stevens Square neighborhood of Minneapolis for a year, following graduation from Grinnell College. I was working part-time for Twin Cities Free-Net and spending the rest of my time absorbing the many opportunities the Twin Cities had to offer. I was volunteering with the neighborhood organization (SSCO), among other places.