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Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

Amen
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Danes just bike

October 2, 2008
Odense, Denmark Bike

She doesn’t know how much it weighs. Nobody she knows or has ever met could tell you how much their bike weighs. Likewise, she doesn’t know how far she rides each day. It isn’t interesting. She rides at a good pace, not too fast to cause a sweat, and the ride is nice enough. She likes the fresh air and she often sees friends on the bike lanes. She loves crossing The Lakes and seeing the transformation from season to season. That will suffice.

She doesn’t wake up and make a decision to “commute by bike to work today”. It’s just a part of her day. She just walks out of her flat and gets on her bike. If it has a puncture, she’ll walk it down to the local bike shop to get it repaired and then take the bus or train to work. Picking it up in the afternoon.

She isn’t an activist, doesn’t belong to a cycling organisation with a long acronym and she doesn’t even think about the fact that she lives in something called a “bike culture”.

From a great article on Danish biking by Copenhagen Cycle Chic. This site has become one of my daily reads.

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    KerstinNo Gravatar
    October 2, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    This looks almost like my bike! Which reminds me that I must get my husband to ship it to me as I noticed too late that the movers had forgotten to take it.

    This article could have been written about Germany, too, it is a lifestyle I miss dearly (as does my overweight body!) At least I now live in a place where I see more people walking and cycling than I ever did in my previous home town.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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    MareeNo Gravatar
    October 8, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    I spoke to a woman living in Amsterdam when I was there in July and she said she didn’t have a bike. We were all aghast, given the huge amounts of bikes. Then she finished her sentence “I’ve had 13 bikes in the last 2 years and all of them have been stolen”. Bikes are wonderful for where most of the landscape is flat, but I live in a very hilly place indeed and if I rode my bike everywhere I would need a shower every time I arrived at a different place!

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