Thursday, April 27, 2006

Almost there Well it's almost time to head out for Iowa. I figured I'd get a quickie in before leaving. The bike is ready, the bags are packed, and I'm getting anxious. I can't wait to meet all the crazy Trans-Iowans tomorrow night. The forecast for the race is looking like rain and a headwind. Ouch! Oh well, it will be more memorable that way. I hope to have some good stories and pictures when I get back. So, until then here is a great quote from Kent Peterson's blog. Enjoy : ) To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest... "I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are emmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine. And before we know it our lives are gone.What does a man need, really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in -- and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all, in a material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade.The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?-- Sterling Hayden, Voyage, 1976 (Thanks Doug Hackney)

5 comments:

Brooks said...

good luck dave!

brian said...

Good luck and have fun Vino!

Nice quote.

G-reg said...

Best of Luck, Simmons. I sold a Poprad to a guy while working at the shop a few days ago. What sealed the deal was the line: "My buddy just picked one up for the Trans-Iowa.." So that must be good Chi/Luck/Mojo/Fung Shue/Tostada.

Lars said...

Go get em Dave. You are an endurostud.

darren said...

hey dave. good luck this weekend and don't get died. call mom.