Day 76ish – From Home to the Pacific

Today I made it official – I’ve now ridden coast to coast. These wheels have seen the salt and sand of the Atlantic and the Pacific. We’ve crossed the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Adirondacks of New York, the Erie Canal, the Ohio River, the Mississippi, the Ozarks, the plains of Kansas and Colorado, up to the source of the Arkansas River, the Rockies, the Continental Divide, the Great Basin of Nevada and Utah, the Sierra Nevada and the Sacramento River. Feeling a little like Johnny Cash these days – I’ve been everywhere, man.

I was a little late to start and had a lot of mixed feelings about today’s ride. Since it’s such familiar territory I had a hard time stopping to take photos. It’s a challenge to bring fresh eyes to something you’ve seen a million times. But more importantly I’m kind of bummed about finishing the trip, among other things. It’s been such a wonderful experience, there’s part of me that doesn’t want it to end.

From Grizzly Peak, looking over the Berkeley Campus across the bay to San Francisco. It’s August so of course its cold and foggy.
Ahh, back at home in downtown Oakland where the Prius rules. Or is it Prii?
This is new. Cruising through downtown Oakland, we now have rent-a-bikes on the corner. This building on the right, in front of the bikes, housed kW until 2009.
I biked to Jack London Square in Oakland to catch the Ferry across the bay. The Frerry goes thorugh the Port of Oakland, one of the largest ports on the West Coast. According to local legend, these big cranes were the inspiration of the AT ATs in Star Wars though Lucas himself says no.
The Ferry across the bay is the cheapest thrill of living in the Bay Area. You can even enjoy an adult beverage on your commute.
The Bay Bridge – always second fiddle to the Golden Gate but pretty cool itself – especially the programmable LED light shows at night.
The Ferry Building in SF. That clock was stuck at 5:04 PM for months after the Loma Prieta earthquake struck in 1989.
Classic bug near Fisherman’s wharf. Every car has a face, this one’s a particularly pleasant one.
I biked past the GG bridge and on to Baker Beach. It’s official; these wheels have been dunked in the Atlantic and Pacific. Photo credit to lovely stranger on the beach.
Letting it sink in. We’re done. (And I need a shave. Jonah says I look like a homeless guy.)
Great view but cold and breezy.
Time to go home.

This integration thing – easing back into life at home – is going to be tougher than I thought. Already it’s harder to not be overwhelmed by the news cycle, the latest atrocity done in the name of America, the frenzy that is downtown traffic. I miss my basin’s and ranges.

My day was clouded literally and figuratively. I’ve heard over the last few days that my mom is not doing well, and the trend is not good. She’s almost 93 so this is not a surprise, but she’s my mom, so its hard to come to grips with. Her memory has been declining for many years so its been hard to have a good visit with her for some time, but her physical health has been good. Lately she has seemed like she’s not interested in continuing, she’s not eating well, and that’s just hard to hear.

I seem to have written myself into a corner here. I’m not looking for sympathy, but it just wouldn’t be honest to say that I’m in a better place right now than I am. The good thing is that I’m home with people that love, support, and need me, and that’s a wonderful place to be.

7 thoughts on “Day 76ish – From Home to the Pacific”

  1. Jim, I really appreciate your posting about the not-so-wonderful feelings here. I do feel sympathetic but I think more it’s connection. There are so many ups and downs. Hang in there friend.

    Love Monte

  2. Jim,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful journey. I would not expect reentry to be easy since you did this in part to test time away from kW. The future is likely different and not yet clearly defined.

    Welcome home. Look forward to catching up.

  3. I LOVE the photo of you and the bike in the water. You have technically concluded quite a journey, but it seems you have more left to do. I sympathize with the situation with your mother. You will get through it, but it is hard. I can only imagine your re-entry to the world of Trump. There aren’t enough words to describe what he’s doing to our country. Reading your daily blog took me out of that for awhile every day. I want to go back to Colorado with you and forget about what stupid thing that man has said or done. I’m appreciative of your continued writing.

    Enjoy being with Megan and Jonah, watch what you eat now, and start planning your next trip! (Ha ha ha…)

  4. Great job my man. Great job. So inspiring. Much love to you and best wishes for your Mom and family.

  5. Congratulations; continue to savor the beautiful experience of the trip for many years

  6. If I could fully apply this ‘proverb’ to my own life I would be a better man than I am. It hangs in the boat room at the Dolphin Club in San Francisco.
    “Renew thyself completely each day, do it again, and again, and forever again.”
    It supposedly originated in China, and has been translated two other ways.
    On the bathing tub of Tang, the following words were engraved: “If you can one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Yea, let there be daily renovation.”” (J. Legge’s translation)
    The inscription of the bath of King Tang said, “If you renew yourself for one day, you can renew yourself daily, and continue to do so.” (Muller’s translation).
    You’ve proven you can renew yourself! I am confident you will learn to do it daily!
    I am visiting my in-laws in Oregon. My father-in-law, who was in great health and very strong until he was 80, is now 85 and has Parkinson’s Disease. He is weak and slow and seems a very old man. It is hard to take in and disturbing to see. Your mother’s decline must be upsetting for you! One suggestion I can make is to spend time with your son. As life declines in one manifestation it arises in another.
    I wish you strength and wisdom every day. You’ve shown you have them!

  7. Jim, just a note of thanks for all your posts & pictures. What a great and inspiring journey that had us all eager to read about another day’s adventure, unmatched by anything I’ve ever read. Take good care of yourself — and take Jonah’s advice. We all love and admire you.

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