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Team: South
Jan Nesset
Tuesday, August 20
Wheels Asunder
This day in the Honda Pilot and CRV four-wheel-vehicles went by so quickly Im nearly at a loss for words to describe it.
Julie and Cathy did most of the driving while Richard and I held on. Cathy, who is generally happy to copilot, is showing signs of turning into a four-wheel-drive maniac. She loves it.
Our terrain began on smooth gravel roads but eventually turned to bumpy two-track paths over ancient lava fields. The terrain is slow-going. Sometimes big bangs and crunches tear at the undercarriage of the vehicles.
We intend to take the vehicles into the dealership when we arrive in Flagstaff for repairs. Repairs to what were not sure but because weve put these vehicles through tremendous challenges on impossible terrain we know repairs are inevitable.
Im truly surprised that weve made it this far without a breakdown. Impressed, actually. Upwards to 50 flats should indicate something about the terrain weve seen.
Soon after arriving in our camp a big rain set in. Once the rains abate, I don full-body clothing and grab a motorcycle. Bad idea. I may have a bit of Evel Knievel in me but not his talent.
Fishtailing a powerful motorcycle down a mud-greasy road is not my idea of an easy time. Whooooopsy-Yikes!
Somehow I manage to get the motorcycle back to camp without incident but I didnt - chose not to - stop.
I turned the bike onto a new road, one covered with crushed gravel. I drove it fast through ruts of water until my legs were soaked.
I am fast-learning that my preferred ways to connect with the land may be when I am traveling alone. I can travel at my own speed. I can go where I want to. I can push myself, which is not a new concept to me but it is new to me on wheels; I generally prefer silent sports.
Rather than feeling tired or weary like I commonly do at the end of a trek leg I am rejuvenated and pumped full of whatever my body and mind has sucked in from the atmosphere and otherworldly things.
I love traveling as a team -- dont take me wrong -- but I cannot deny that when I move at my own pace the earth best speaks to me. It tells me that it has a rhythm for me. It knows how to lock me in to enjoy the purity of movement over gravity. Getting from point A to B no longer matters. Its the joy of simply being.

for Tuesday, August 20
North South Both




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Team: South
Jan Nesset
An experienced outdoorsman, Jan Nesset knows that everyone has to pitch in at camp
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