Empty Days

Saturday, July 17, 2004



Life in a ditch.

I am planning to take off after all. Got a sleeping bag and some bike crap - but what I really need is stuff to fight wet weather, wind, cold, insects (boo!). That means I need some sort of shoes that will survive rural conditions, and also some strong plastic to act as a tent etc. Can be stolen from some construction site maybe.

The point is - I am planning to fuck all rules of civilized travel and sleep in the ditch if I have to. The areas I'll be biking through will be pretty populated, farm lands, small towns etc, all land is private, used up, you're not supposed to step off the public road without permission and all that ditch 'n fence. Well, fuck it. If I can't find a spot to camp on for the night it will be too hilarious - such a huge country, so much space, and you can't find a spot to rest on. I'll have to test that assumption, let's say.

The most appealing part of the project is not even biking - it's disregarding rules and comforts. For example: it's well known that once you get out in the bush you have to deal with mother Earth in all its states. How do you spend the night in the woods, when it rains and you don't have a comfy tent? Well, obviously your sleeping bag won't be much of a shelter in contact with wet ground, and sleeping with water pouring down on you is not a feasible idea - so you need some serious plastic under your bag and overhead too. Well, a good visual is from Vietnam movies where soldiers sleep in the rainy jungle with their windcutters on. Of course that's tropical conditions - you're just super-wet with insects having a feast on you, but at least you're not cold. Here you'll also get super-cold. Haha.

Rain is of course the worst part when you're out in the open and I don't think this summer is going to be very kind in that respect. Biking in the rain is a huge drag - and sitting it out under a bush is even more of a drag. So maybe I'll hate it in the end, I don't know. I don't even know for how long I am going - maybe just a week, to get a taste of what it's like. Or maybe more - if I like it. And I don't even know where exactly I am going - it's either due North of due South, but more likely North because it's slightly less populated though hilly.

Maybe I'll like it so much I won't return. Haha.

Or maybe I won't even go - it doesn't matter either way.





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