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.
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!