Well, here we go again. Last seen I was in
need of a new transmission and headed back East for the holidays.
One thing I worked on during that time was trying
to get my web page up. I don't have too much content right now, but did
manage to archive all of my emails on it, so you can go back and relive all
the fun, or if you joined the adventure somewhere along the way, you can read
about what came before. Due to the graphic nature of the material, I
recommend that you view it with some sort of high speed connection, or you
will wait forever for the pictures to download. I started to construct
an "About Me" page to explain it all, but really didn't feel like
writing anything. Someone suggested I solicit ideas from people that
read the emails. So this is your chance to contribute content to the
webpage. Anyone wanting to write something appropriate for that section
is invited to send something in, and I will put it out there. It could
be a few words, a sentence, a paragraph, a haiku, whatever you want. I
figure if I get enough contributions, a vague outline will materialize
(probably not unlike a chalk outline at the scene of a crime) around this
adventure and the adventurer. And if I don't get anything, I'll just
have to write something myself, and nobody wants that! If you want to
check out the webpage, it is at www.findtao.com.
Way back in mid-September, after 9/11, as I was
back East and getting ready to head out West again, I likened that time as a
transition; sort of like from Book I to Book II in a long novel (see link - http://www.findtao.com/Email%20Archives/I'm%20sitting%20here%20in%20Tahoe....htm).
Now it feels a little like I am moving into the final section, Book III,
the last reel, the denouement. I find it interesting that so far things
have been broken into about 4 month chunks, demarcated by changes in the
season and trips back East. I don't know the ending yet, but I can see
something off in the distance. At some point the money will run out, and
I can also feel the time coming where I will be sick of sleeping in a van and
will want to feel a part of a more fixed community. This section started
with a return to San Francisco to fix the van and head out for a winter of
snowboarding. My skills at living and traveling on my own are now second
nature; problem solving (in particular breakdowns in the van) also becoming
second nature. But also a little road weariness, and the need to learn
how to do it all with significantly less daylight and in much colder and
harsher climes, presenting a new set of challenges.
So it all begins again....and now I have a 4 month
deficit in story telling, so there will be 3 concurrent threads in this
journal, but for now I will keep us all current on this part of the trip.
I last left off with a very long drive towing the van from Bend Oregon to San
Francisco due to a broken transmission (http://www.findtao.com/Email%20Archives/Painful.htm).
My flights for the holidays were long boring
redeye's, with the only excitement coming when I was pulled out of the
boarding line and my carry-on bag and self were thoroughly searched.
Upon my return I set about arranging to get the rebuilt transmission installed
in the van. Of course that took a little longer than I would have liked,
so I spent some time rearranging storage in the van, and built this really
cool "loft" in the back of the van...
...which allows me to store stuff on top, and keep
the area underneath free for sleeping room. Once I got everything put
together in the van, I finally headed out of San Francisco on January 18th
with Portland Oregon as my destination....
P.S. Don't forget to send you contributions to the