Comfort

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
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Trip End Sep 07, 2013


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Today is about comfort and the things that make us comfortable. I think that an appropriate way to describe to day is through a discussion of different comforts.

First and foremost, drugs. In many different forms to different people, they provide comfort varying from a moment free from pain to a reprieve from real life. My use of drugs today swayed toward the former as you would imagine, or I would likely not describe it here. My mother convinced me to take ibuprofen for my knee issues yesterday, and while it still hurt this morning, after taking it easy for the first 20 miles, the pain died down and I finished the day in decent shape.

Second, family. In reasonable doses, family should comfort anyone as an acting confidant or a reminder of heritage. I saw my grandmother in the hospital via FaceTime, she was alright if not a bit stir crazy from sitting in bed for a week. After she gets a bit stronger she will work towards going home and staying active which, in conjunction with medication should help her stay healthy.

Third, a warm shower and bed. The Honey Hub bike hostel in Gackle ND is so named because the owner of the home works with bees. In addition, he and his family started a honey energy bar company, the products of which are sold nationwide, as well as at the Honey Hub. He keeps all the essentials stocked along with maps of the area, showers, and sheeted beds. It felt good to be among likeminded people who are knowledgable about cycling and travel, in such a remote place nonetheless.

Last, friends. Staying at the Honey Hub with me were two cyclists around my age riding west. We exchanged advice for places down the road to stay, avoid and see, had some drinks and got contact information to keep in touch with each others' progress down the road, and possibly afterword, as it may work out to meet up when we are done with our respective rides.

Indeed today was a day of comforts, and with more drugs for tomorrow, may it continue.
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