Archive for January 6th, 2010

Pilgrimage Statistics 

Consecutive Days Riding:  86                              Consecutive Days Blogging: 87 

Today’s Mileage: 4                                             Total Trip Mileage: 705

 As I ride the bike today I have decided to change the format of the blog.  I have found the process of writing it and finding pilgrimage sites to be an enjoyable, fulfilling and strenuous task.  I am faced with a heavy teaching schedule this spring semester and a long commute every day.  I now realize that I need to free up more time for work and relationship demands.  For that reason I am going to cut back to three postings a week.  Starting this weekend I will be posting on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday.  I will still be riding the bike each day, and we will still be visiting pilgrimage site. I want to refocus the blog back on my original purpose.

Many sites to discover and visit!

 The blog has recently provided me with a vehicle to explore and come to grips with my son leaving home.  I wish to thank all of my family and friends who have offered words of encouragement as I have trudged through this event. It was not my intention when I created this blog to make it a personal journal, although it has at times had that flavor.  I wish to get back to the search for intriguing and spiritually diverse pilgrimage sites that dot or landscape.  Some are well known, others are overlooked or even hidden.  I hope you will continue to follow my journey!

I had a humorous event occur today that reinforced my thought that I needed a break.  I was having some oral surgery done this afternoon.  I was lying in the chair, breathing in an odorless gas that produced a heavy detached bodily sensation.  The Doctor said little, except an occasional “Open wider please!”  The dental tech, sitting to my left with suction device in hand was in fact a former student of mine.  The whole time the surgery  was taking place an old women in the room next door droned on and on in a loud but monotonous voice about her aches and pains, her bleeding gums, aching jaw, and sore feet.  I laid there feeling detached from my body as I listened to the women’s voice.  At one point I felt the Doctor manipulating string and thought “that’s odd why is he flossing my teeth.”  Then I realized he was probably applying stitches.  I wonder what this was like for my former student.  In the years of listening to my lectures; had she ever imagine that she would one day be digging around in my mouth, or that I would actually be speechless? Then I found myself wondering “how could I turn this into a blog topic?  It was at that moment that I realized I needed a break!

 I hope you have enjoyed my eighty some postings and the dozen pilgrimage sites we have visited.  I hope you will continue to follow my travels into the New Year as there are a multitude of places we have yet to visit!

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