Day 3: The Pre-Departure List...
- alignment on car
- purchase oil and filter for bike
- change oil and filter on bike
- write a service for Sunday June 19th
- do a 2nd dry run pack on bike
- finalize presentation for PFI Convocation
- get ready for Justin's graduation celebration
Yesterday a colleague at the prison commented on the "boyscoutness" of doing dry run packing. I laughed with her at the time but as I think about it, this is one of the attraction for me of travelling on a motorcycle - travelling with little - or as Nouwen suggests, travelling in poverty.[Praying] demands that you take to the road again and again, leaving your house and looking forward to a new land for yourself and your [fellow human]. This is why praying demands poverty, that is, the readiness to live a life in which you have nothing to lose so that you always begin afresh."
With limited space it is essential that everything that is packed on the motorcycle have a purpose - and if possible two purposes. Each day of travel on a motorcycle is beginning afresh: new sites, new sounds and smells, new people to meet, and a new place to lay your head to reflect on the day past and contemplate tomorrow.
The sabbath road...