I arrived in San Francisco amid rain and fog on Saturday, April 9th after 10 days on the road. I have lots of photos to post and lots of experiences upon which to reflect. With that in mind, I’d like to post my journey totals with a representative photo of each of the legs of my journey. I understand, however, that while these are the journey’s totals, they do not represent the total journey.
Day 1 – Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles to Leo Carrillio State Beach in Malibu = 75 miles.
Day 2 – Leo Carrillio State Beach to Santa Barbara = 54 miles
Day 3 – Santa Barbara to Gaviota State Beach = 43 miles
Day 4 – Gaviota State Beach to Pismo Beach = 72 miles
Day 5 – Pismo Beach to Cambria = 61 miles
Day 6 – Cambria to Plaskett Creek State Park = 42 miles
Day 7 – Plaskett Creek to Pfieffer Big Sur State Park = 33 miles
After 10 days on the road I finally reached my destination at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. The journey was enjoyable and exhausting, inspiring and tedious – peddle, peddle, peddle – awfull and awe filled. I have a few things yet to do now; total up the miles traveled, clean and pack the gear for shipping home, most importantly filerting through all of the sights, sound and even smells to discern what insights to bring into focus what messages – if any – G-d may have for me. The end of my journey was rather symbolic in this regard!
I’ve been away from Wi-Fi and cell phone service for the last few days. It’s been an adjustment to not be able to connect, but being cut off from the outside world has afforded me the opportunity to be mindful of the interactions I’ve had with people I’ve met along my journey and what G-d might be trying to say to me through these seemingly random interactions.
I’m using special maps for this journey. They are made of a foldable, durable plastic and like old paper road maps from the days before GPS it folds into the size of a small pamphlet. Each fold covers a small section of the route – about 20 per section. Extremely useful. Continue reading “The One Path…”
The Apostle Paul spoke of his “thorn in the flesh” more than once in his epistles. Biblical scholars on medical professions have speculated that he suffered from a disease similar to glaucoma. The condition gave him such discomfort and, he beliwved, held him back in his evangelistic work that he prayed 3 times. Continue reading “A Thorn in the…tire”
The 1st day of my journey was a day of intentional contrasts. Starting at Griffith Park Observatory I made my way down the mountain and rode though LA and Hollywood. In spit of the glamor associated with Hollywood it is filled with poor neghborhoods and ramshackle apartment buildings literally next door or across the street from multi-million dollar mansions. Continue reading “Side by side”
Do you remember these? Connect the dots puzzles were a fun part of elementary school. Some were too easy – you could tell right away what the picture would reveal. Others were a little more challenging – they required some diligence to unveil the hidden image. My algebra teacher even created one in which every number was an equation that had to solved in order figure out the numbers to connect.