Discount Norvasc, On the third day, god made land and plants, and both of those things were (and still are) good. On my third day, I made Macastrone, and it was good, too. No, wait: it was awesome.
I had just made the most significant purchase I'd make all summer, an 88-cent can-opener, so from that day on, instead of eating plain macaroni and cheese, I ate macaroni and cheese with a can of Campbell's Minestrone soup mixed in, 40mg Norvasc. I called it Macastrone. Like I said, it was awesome, Discount Norvasc. Here's why: it's made from ingredients that are ubiquitous. It's cheap. It's easy to prepare (particularly important when all you have is a whisperlite). And it's the perfect size (~2000 calories, with plenty of salt, and it fills my 2-quart aluminum pot to the lip). Discount Norvasc, Here's why else that third day (it was April 3rd, 2002) was awesome: around 11am, I pedaled up and over the Eastern Continental Divide, so for the next week things were all downhill. And downhill + bike = good.
But back to the origins of Macastrone: it was born of necessity. I was biking about 90 miles a day, 30mg Norvasc, uphill and upwind, and my metabolism was rising rapidly. As a result, I was astounding myself with the quantities of food I was able to consume. Soon enough, I'd up the ante with veggie Macastrone, which incorporated a yellow onion and a red pepper, Discount Norvasc. But not yet.
(J5 and trusty purple Trek at the end of the road, in Paonia, Colorado, on April 27, 2002. )
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The next day, I had a 2500-calorie breakfast (I counted; it included two egg/cheese sandwiches, two pieces of apple pie, an ice cream cone, and a snickers bar.) After fixing the first flat tire of the trip, I rode 87 hilly miles to Kentuck, West Virginia. I set up camp behind the Baptist church, and while preparing dinner (another batch of Macastrone), met a few locals born and raised in Kentuck, 150mg Norvasc. One of them asked me, without much of an introduction, "Do you know the Lord?" I didn't really want to get into it, so I replied, "I know the lord - Amen!" That sufficed, apparently, and soon they left me alone, to fall asleep on a picnic table.
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Speaking of death and metal objects, I got my 2nd flat tire, thanks to a staple in the road, Discount Norvasc.
The next day, I stopped for lunch in South Portsmouth, Kentucky -- on the Ohio River. I ate a pizza, looking up just enough to notice Jesus paintings all over the walls. Afterwards, Norvasc mexico, I rode over to a thrift store, where two kids interrogated me. "Are you, like, some famous dude who, like, rides his bike everywhere?" one asked. Discount Norvasc, "No, I'm just like you," I said. "You could do this if it was all you did all day," I added, and meant. Despite that, the second kid, Norvasc uk, who happened to be on rollerblades, asked for my autograph (a first.) I wrote, "Rollerblade across the USA!" and signed a sloppy signature below. The manager of the thrift store, a large woman named Vonnie, must have overhead the whole thing and deduced as well that I was famous, because a minute later she ran outside and took a photo of me and my bike. Unprompted, Vonnie declared, "The only crazy thing I ever done is packed up and gone to Oklahoma - and I drove there!"
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The next day, while riding along next to the Ohio River, someone threw a can of beer at me from a pickup truck. Discount Norvasc, Another guy, without provocation, asked me whether I was riding for the devil or the lord. That night I bedded down in the woods on the campus of a Christian college because it was raining hard and I had nowhere else to go, 10mg Norvasc.
The next day (day 8), it became apparent that my left knee was not in good shape. I'd ridden hard seven days in a row, without much in the way or preparation or training. Since I was on a schedule (I had to be in western Colorado, for a job, by May 1st) I decided to hitch a ride to Kansas, and skip the boring/flat part of the country.
Hitching proved more challenging than I had expected, Discount Norvasc. One guy told me, "I can't give you a ride, 20mg Norvasc, son, but I can pray for you." Someone gave me a pahmplet about Jesus, and told me I should read the Old Testament. I told him I had a book list a mile long. Another woman gave me an apple and a little book of scriptures called "Help From Above." I told her I didn't need help from above. I needed it down here. Discount Norvasc, I ended up hitching a ride with a guy named Craig, who was headed from Pennsylvania to Texas to see his family. Craig and I talked a lot. He was 29. His hair was dyed. He had been adopted. He hadn't gone to college, Discount Norvasc. He once spent 90 days in jail. He'd received 15 speeding tickets, 500mg Norvasc. We made it to Topeka without incident.
But my arrival in Kansas was particularly ill-timed. Discount Norvasc, First, I got pulled over by a state trooper, a huge guy who who actually turned his patrol car lights on to get my attention and pull me over . The first thing he asked me was, "Do you know where you are?" I responded, "Uh... Topeka, Kansas." He responded, "You're on private property. This highway is private property, for cars and trucks only." I explained that I had just been dropped off by a car, 250mg Norvasc, and was eager to be on my way, so that I could ride my bike on a smaller, less-highway-like road en route to Colorado. (I had been walking my bike 1/4 mile from the toll booth to the rest area.) The trooper remained unmoved, and wrote me a warning, which looked like this:
-------------------------------------------------------KANSAS HIGHWAY PATROLviolation and/or vehicle/truck inspectionWARNING
4/13/2002Jonathan A. Waldman[address, license #]
Did upon public highway number _KTA_ at milepost _182_unlawfully operate a _____[year] __Trek__[make] _____[type]and did thereupon commit the following offense(s):
-bicycle on KTA
[signed by trooper # 181]------------------------------------------------------
At this, I apologized, and the trooper handed me a Kansas state map and pointed me in the right direction, Discount Norvasc. It was late in the day, and the sun was hovering low above the great big Kansas horizon, with only a few clouds scattered about. The trooper then informed me of two more salient facts:
* hitch-hiking is illegal within Topeka city limits* there is no camping within Topeka city limits
I rode 10 miles north, and then turned west, and bumped into two guys at outside of the bowling lane, 100mg Norvasc. One guy, Lee Hamlet, said I could sleep in the field behind his auto repair shop. I took him up on the offer. Discount Norvasc, He threw me a beer. I told him about the trip thus far, mentioning that it was 18 degrees out during my first night, back in Virginia. Lee's buddy looked me up and down and said, "You're a durable fucker, huh?"
In the field behind Lee's auto shop, Norvasc craiglist, I tied two corners of my tarp to a trailer, and stuck the other two in the ground, and bedded down beside it, the better to watch the stars. Lee told me that if the weather got bad, I could hop in his "parts car." His "parts car" was an old Honda, with no tires, sitting in a puddle, beside a huge Oak tree. I didn't think twice about the offer.
Within an hour it became much more apparent that my arrival in Kansas was particularly ill-timed, Discount Norvasc. First it started raining. I collected my stuff and crawled beneath my tarp, 1000mg Norvasc, stargazing be damned. Then the wind picked up, and my tarp began blowing around. Bolts of lightning flashed around me, followed closely by thunder. Discount Norvasc, My tarp began flapping uncontrollably in the wind, and I began getting pelted by huge raindrops. And just like that, I made the decision to get into Lee Hamlet's parts car.
With my sleeping bag and pad and tarp in arms, I hopped into the front passenger seat and pushed it back, reclining as much as possible. 50mg Norvasc, I tried to get some rest, but got little. I woke up scared at 3am, because the storm was still intensifying. I thought about finding real refuge -- like in someone's house -- but it was too intense to get out of the car and run for safety, Discount Norvasc. I couldn't see more than a foot in front of my face, and even then, i couldn't tell which way to run.
Lightning bolts started to appear more frequently -- so frequently that i could no longer count the time delay between flashes and thunderclaps. Out the passenger window, I could see bolts striking the ground not far to the south. It was like a cheesy movie -- all violent flashes and flickers of light, with occasional glimpses of more, Norvasc japan. Discount Norvasc, The wind picked up, and went from strong to violent, and began to shake the car. I started wondering if Lee's parts car, my only refuge, was safe at all. After all, it was essentially a Heavy Rusty Metal Thing, and it had no tires, and it was sitting in a puddle, beneath a tall tree, in a large field. I wondered if, 200mg Norvasc, in the morning, Lee would find me a) fried from a lightning bolt or b) crushed beneath a branch from the Oak tree, or c) vanished, having blown far away in this little metallic pod.
In an instant, the lights in town went out, and I realized that my heart was racing. I was shivering in fear, Discount Norvasc. I was surrounded by ferocious darkness, but it wasn't black -- it was an eery shade of greenish-blueish-gray. It was a tornado, and i was in it.
While the car shook and raindrops pinged off the roof, Norvasc us, and trees blew ferociously around, I mumbled a plea to Earl and Valerie (the weather gods), something to the effect of, please let me enjoy nice blue skies and gentle breezes again. It was the closest thing to a prayer I have ever uttered. Discount Norvasc, I woke up at 9am, having gotten two and a half hours of fitful sleep. It was overcast outside, and I was relieved. I peeked out the side window, and saw Lee working on a truck in his shop.
I hopped out of his parts car. Norvasc india, Lee: "Good morning!"me: "FUCK man, that was RIDICULOUS. I mean, that was like a tornado!"Lee: "I think you're right."
Lee abandoned his work for a moment, and we went for a walk around town, Discount Norvasc. The first thing he noticed is that his sign had blown away. Gone. Two telephone poles had snapped at the base, and were lying in the street, in a jumble of wires and transformers. Not far away, a huge Oak tree was in the road, roots and all. Discount Norvasc, It appeared to have been uprooted by a giant. Some guys chopping it up said that the winds hit 80mph. I said no shit, Norvasc coupon. Another woman, whose swing-set had vanished from her front yard, said she hadn't seen a storm like that since '66. Around the block, a bunch of 18-wheelers were lying on their sides. Mail trucks had flipped over, Discount Norvasc. Trailers had lost their roofs.
I've been to a lot of rugged places, but never experienced a fury like I did that night in Topeka. After that tornado, the rest of the ride seemed like cake. In Pueblo, Colorado, riding through 35-degree rain left me with a numb left foot, but no worse. Discount Norvasc, In the Arkansas River valley, between Canon City and Salida, it was so windy that tumbleweed blew into my front wheel, but that just made me laugh. (You call this wind?) And at the top of Monarch Pass -- the continental divide, and my high point for the trip -- it was so windy that I had to pedal hard to roll downhill into Gunnison -- but, hey, that's what biking's about, right.
On my second-to-last day, just west of Sapinero, Colorado, I hiked down to the Gunnison River and jumped in. It was my first shower in three weeks, if you don't count the rains in West Virginia and Kentucky or the tornado in Kansas or the frigid drizzle in eastern Colorado.
That was all 5 years ago... my trusty purple Trek is no longer, and those panniers are now owned by someone who's putting them to more use. I haven't gotten up and gone -- solo -- like that for a long time. And I haven't prayed since then.
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