Greetings from the Tundra – Wish You Were Here
On Saturday, my town declared a state of emergency banning all non-emergency personnel from even being on the roads. We had over 2 feet of snow and howling winds. It was a wee bit blizzardy.
I was supposed to take part in my first fatbike race on Saturday. That was cancelled because of that whole “state of emergency” thing. It’s probably just as well because I had no business entering. The race was rescheduled for this coming Saturday. I still have no business going – I’m not anything more than a recreational rider. But, I figure I’ll make everyone else look good. The only thing I need to care about here is that I’ll have a good time.
[I started writing this post on Saturday in the thick of the blizzard and got sidetracked doing… something… important?]
I’m sitting in my living room watching the snow swirl on the wind. It’s a good time to knock out a couple of the Daily Page prompts I received last week.
How are your goals for 2016 going thus far?
They’re still in daydreaming status. With maybe just a pinky toe in the water.
I did buy a Kriega US-30 Drypack. With its universal mounting I’ll be able to use it both on the Bonneville and the KTM. And the Kriega bags can also connect to other Kriega bags, making luggage sets. So that’s kinda nice if I find for some reason I can’t carry what I need in the 30. If I’m not camping, my needs are small. I’m a fairly light packer but I could go lighter still.
And the packaging has both a Triumph and a 690 on it, so it’s surely a sign of good things. Right?
So, I guess you could say that my goals for 2016 are moving forward-ish.
What’s something you’ve been excited about lately?
Shit, it seems like I’ve just been excited about everything, lately. I don’t know if it is in direct contrast to having been in the dumps for months – but lately it feels like there are a MILLION things to be excited about. I’ve been filing all sorts of inspiration and day trip ideas away. I’ve got to start writing them all down again so I don’t forget them. I just keep cramming more in to my head.
I find Instagram to be inspirational. The photos that people post help jumpstart your own ideas.
With regards to motorcycles? I keep getting drawn in to these daydreams of exploring dirt roads and out of the way spaces. Granted the phrase out of the way differs when you live on the edge of New York City versus living in an expansive place like the west. But all things considered, I want to find myself out there, somewhere.
What’s a belief you once held that’s changed over time?
That the word ordinary sums you up as a whole. Within each of us there are depths to be plumbed. We see the world with the sum of all moments and experiences that lead up to this very second. As a result of that, our view can be unique. I think we get scared, ashamed or inhibited by daring to think that maybe, just maybe we have something that is anything but ordinary to send back out in to the world.
I’ve come to believe that the trap of toeing the line and embracing our “ordinary” is a lie that we tell ourselves so that we don’t venture out, try something new and fail. Stay within the safety in the herd! If we don’t try, we can’t fail. Not failing is the goal, right? I would’ve probably said yes at some point but this is wrong. Simply “not failing” sounds awfully apathetic, like coasting through life with no fire in your belly. There may be more value in a spectacular crash and burn.
Maybe it will take 40 years to find your own spark. Maybe, not. Maybe other people will help you see your light. Maybe not.
Just keep looking. Don’t be afraid to try, to fail, to rise and start the process all over again.
What’s the biggest challenge you currently face?
Taking my vitamins and not eating cookies.
Talk about your 3 most memorable moments from this past weekend.
Well, we did have a blizzard. That was kind of memorable. With a blizzard comes the need to move lots of snow from area A to area B.
But aside from snow relocation, I got to do two of the things that I actually love about snowstorms – I went out walking while it was coming down. And then I went out walking the morning after when the world was still silent and there were no other people around. After a storm, the way that the light reflects off of the snow makes the sky seem extra blue. The snow glistens on trees and there is muffled silence but for the shuffle of your feet. Glorious.