Consecutive Days Riding: 11 Consecutive Days Blogging: 12
Today’s Mileage: 10 Total Trip Mileage: 117
We have arrived! A little over one hundred miles and ten days on the bike brings us to our first Pilgrimage site. If you wish to go straight to visiting the site you can click on the page tab at the top labeled: Pilgrimage Sites. However, I hope you will stay with me for a moment while I explain how I am going to categorize Pilgrimage Sites and how I will share my thoughts and impressions of the site.
A Pilgrimage can be defined as a trip or travel to a Sacred site. The author Jennifer Westwood in her book Sacred Journeys groups Pilgrimage sites into three categories: 1) Sacred Landscapes, 2) Sacred Temples, and 3) Sacred Shrines.
I like this classification with some enhancements. The destination Sacred is typically tied to what one might call the major wisdom traditions or religions. By my definition Pilgrimages should also include sites that induce transcendental experiences perhaps through their beauty, their imposing size, or their presence. As such places like the Grand Canyon and Devils Tower will be included under the heading Sacred Landscapes. In addition, under the heading of Sacred Shrines I will include not only places that speak to a wisdom tradition’s praise and offerings to the divine, but I will include places that have a historical significance in explaining the diversity of spiritual beliefs in our society. The category for Sacred Temples is not intended to be a yellow book listing of places of worship. These sites will be chosen for artistic and historical importance, or perhaps for the fact that they represent an important but often overlooked thread (minority faith) in our nation’s spirituality.
One final note concerning the process I will follow with the Pilgrimage Site visit. I believe that important events should be experienced and allowed to “soak in” before they are over analyzed. For this reason, I will wait to share my thoughts on the personal importance of the site (why I choose it) until tomorrows Blog. However, I will end the site visit with several questions for the viewer to pondering if ponder you must! Now click on the tab at the top and enjoy the Pilgrimage site.
I hope you will share your thoughts on the site and that you might will leave suggestions for future sites.