Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The killing season

Kona, Hawaii
Friday, November 30, 2007

Aside from the 3:30 wake up this morning it’s brilliant to finally be an occupier of the land. The place is warm ‘n sunny and the mountain couldn’t look taller. Of course with the cloud coverage of today you can see little but the trunk of it, which makes the magnitude ever more daunting. Here on the side of Kona, the vegetation is rather sparse, and if my opinion is of any worth… the place blows. It’s initially flat before hitting the mountain and absolutely infested with a parasitic brand of tourists- the kind that prefer to give suffrage to the innumerable visitor catches. Not to mention that walking doesn’t come easily to the lot of ‘em. They make me ill, and infinitely at odds with the crowds of the aforesaid. No wonder the locals feel like they’re being oppressed or something. Nevertheless, there are some locals around who’re liv’n the high life and biding they’re time… not to say it’s Boulder or anything though… nor is it Washington... and you probably wonder why. & I’ll tell you, it’s not cold & the season doesn’t call for an increase in suicides. I’ll be making my way to the other side of the island in about 2.5 hours via Island Air… a trendy local brand that brings out the mahalo and aloha in everyone. What’s strange is that the flight across the island costs less than a 20 minute taxi ride. Explain to me how that can be… it must be subsidized by the state or something.