One Man's Paradise

Aotearoa

You know that we are on a bike trip in New Zealand. That’s why it’s so quiet here.

Check it out.

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Adieu

“For those who know the value of and exquisite taste of solitary freedom, the act of leaving is the bravest and most beautiful of all.”

Isabelle Eberhardt


Another season comes to an end. Breaking up the tents, moving on…

It is always hard to leave friends and the comfort of a warm cabin behind. To trade in a convenient routine for the dusty road into the unknown.

I’ll be joining two friends for a long bicycle trip in the Southern hemisphere on roads less traveled, if that is still possible.

I will be gone for as long as I can stay with a tourist visa, 3 months that is. I hope to unwind and unplug and focus on what matters: the moment I am living in.

Until then my friends…

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Emasculated

“When I consider that the cougar, the panther, lynx, wolverine, wolf, bear, moose, dear, the beaver, the turkey and so forth and so forth have been exterminated here, I cannot but feel as if I lived in a tamed and, as it were, emasculated country… ”

Henry David Thoreau

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This is What You Shall Do

Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

Walt Whitman

What will the New Year bring?

More of the same?

Something new?

Do I have a say in this?

It may be worthwhile coming back to Walt Whitman’s quote throughout the year and revisit…

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Note to Self: New Horizons

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

Jon Krakauer


This is a quote from on of my one of my favorite books: “Into  the Wild”. Chastised by many, revered by others.

You know, a new year is knocking. A good opportunity to make changes. If you don’t like your current  track, make a change.

I am not waiting for 2019 to bring changes, I am moving small pebbles every day, so some day that big mountain in front of me looks more like an ant hill.

 

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Sainte Terre

“Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going they would reply, ‘A la sainte terre’, ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently.”

John Muir


There are many things about winter that I like. The transformation of the mountains into pristine walls and ridges of snow and ice is probably my favorite aspect of the cold and dark season. When the storm clouds lift and some of that fresh, untouched powder is exposed, that’s when mountains turn into altars, as others have said.

Amen.

 

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