This looked better as the thumbnail photo on faceook.
Robbie has not yet texted me what he is doing today, but yesterday he arrived at Old Faithful in Yellowstone, where he will be hosted by the lovely and poetic Rachel, who is representing the SVSU Writing Center out there on the Yellowstone staff. I believe he plans to stay in Yellowstone for a night or two. Maybe until the bad weather passes. If anybody has missed the last few entries, Robbie is being snowed on out west, but bikes on like a champion.
So I am here in Michigan, reunited with friends and family, regaining my health, looking for a place to live. I was house-hunting today, and a potential roommate reviewed my application. He saw my area code and said, "906, hey. Where's that?" I said the U.P. He said, "Oh, ok," with the tone of somebody who had just asked a stripper what kind of dancer she was. Then he said, "I see you drive a truck." I confirmed that I did, indeed, drive a black S-10.
This data compelled him to inform me of something. He said, "I feel like I should tell you...I'm gay. Some people have a problem with that." Implied: especially yoopers with pickup trucks. I informed him of my liberal progressive ways, and responded that my girlfriend is younger than me, so as long as that didn't make him think I was a bad person, I'd live with him.
Anyway, I have ideas for livening Robbie's bike trip:
1. Song of the week. Please review the blog on Sundays to catch the Song of the Week. I will post a Youtube video of a song, which I will be practicing on the uke, and Robbie will then practice on the Harmonica, and we encourage all of you to practice on your various musical instruments. Anybody who wishes to join us at our campfire or for open mic at Blissfest to jam to the various songs of the week, we welcome. No skill, talent, or expensive instruments required.
2. The Blissfull Bikers: On the morning of August 8th, a Friday, Robbie will be departing from either Charlevoix or Petoskey to make his final descent into Blissfest. I would like to organize a large troop of cyclists to accompany our hero on his final jaunt. I will see if some local market would like to have a sale on Clif Bars, alcohol, firewood, and Gatorade (the essentials for people heading to Bliss on bike with vehicle support), and we will have a little kickoff ceremony before we roll on down the highway to our musical holiday.
I imagine it looking like something between this...
If anybody has ideas, suggestion, or wants to help set this up, please email us, comment on this blog, or whatever. If you are aware of any associations of cyclists who would participate in this, please inform me as well.
I leave you with this: Robbie has accrued some degree of debt to continue the journey after repairing his bike. I will figure out how to post a paypal button on our page, and if you wish to support Robbie's journey, you can do so. I have a bunch of money left over, and I have medical insurance to take care of whatever my knee may require, so I require nothing but your reader's appetite, thank you.
Live long and prosper.