June 20, 2013
I decided, let it be “America”, choosing the name of my new column. Although for me it is still a mystery where I’m going to ride my bike this August. It might be the USA, the Alps, the Shetland Islands or Iceland, or even the Faroes. The burr is burning under my saddle, I can’t sit still, I want all at once, but most of all, I want mountains. At least, on the horizon.
Plan “A” for this year – a bike trip along the USA, from west to east, starting in Los Angeles and ending in New York. Through the redwoods, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains and Chicago. So far, however, the U.S. consulate is not aware of my ambitious plan. Therefore, I have some back-up plans with other letters of the alphabet, and quite a lot. I’m starting to get lost in my desires. Yet, plan “B” is probably Iceland. Although, who am I kidding, it must be the Alps after all.
But so far, I often imagine myself cuddling with redwoods and staying overnight in shabby roadside inns. The trucks are rushing by, painting the curtains of my room with lights. This land is your land, this land is my land. From California to the New York Island. From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters. This land was made for you and me. I’ll buy a harmonica and roast myself at the fire with nomads in the desert, playing some country music and smoking cheap tobacco. No, don’t tell me America is not like Kerouac described it anymore.
By the way, I’m taking my new iron friend to this trip. This is Troll, he is American by birth. The naming is based on my Scandinavian adventure. So when I saw him for the first time in the Internet, something inside me began to itch, to burn (probably, the burr) – “it’s yours, yours, you are made for each other.” And now, 5 months later, thanks to the deep knowledge and efforts of my friend Seryozha, this zool is standing in front of me. Assembled for me personally. Elegant and daring – the most appropriate adjectives to describe it.
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