June 22, 2013
Woke up 8:15pm
Miles traveled: 8 miles
Seg1, Indiana, srt end
Title for the day: Showerin' Smoothie
Longer Journal (3 parts with subtitles):
Part 1: Down to Madison
Part 2: A Tangent About Wedding Ring
Part 3: Warm Showers
Part I: Down to Madison
Day started off well, had water, low pack weight (today I resupply), and a relatively down hill walk to begin the day.
Walked about 6 miles to get into Madison, Indiana. This was the biggest town I have hit in Indiana to date. I walked around and checked it out. Walked through a few ally ways, found a barber shop called "Curl Up & Dye", and stuck my head past the glaze of windows to see what was in the shops. Found a subway and went in for some grub and a recharge on the gear. People watched while eating, felt like I was in California with the laid back atmosphere of the shop and the folks. A few people asked what I was doing.
I was liking the town so i made it a plan to call the day a partial, finished eating, went to go get food at the Dollar General. Picked up up on two days worth of grub.
I was Headed towards the laundry mat when David, a gentalmen I met in subway earlier, ran up to me.
"Gezz you walk fast!", he said slightly out of breath, "Ive chased you for three blocks. I have a shop down the way and wanted to invite you inside for a free smoothie!"
Sounded wonderful! Thank you!
The shop was a nature store with a smoothie stand in the back, they had over 108 different types of all natural smoothies. They talked to me about the business and how they were doing. They went into depth, and at the end I knew quite a bit about the financing and the start up process of a small store.
We also talked about materialism and living simply. They told me stories about how they kept it simple.
Part 2: A Tangent About Wedding Rings
I mentioned how wedding rings may be culturally important, but how I personially thought it "may" be ridiculous to spend so much money on them. Wouldn't that money be better spent having a trip and traveling with your partner, "having an experience"? What about the opportunity cost in using that money, and time working for the money, for buying the ring?
I guess the same could be said about a lot of things.. ... and maybe it should be said.
I mean seriously, there are fake diamond rings, that look, feel, and are even near as resilient as the real thing for a fraction of the price! I know, I know, I Know..."but a diamond lasts forever"...
What do we give up?
(just think of the dreamworks movie "Up", you know that part that makes everyone cry)
In general, look past wedding rings, (now look at esteem type purchases) what dreams do we give up for this cultural behavior and compulsion?
I guess I'm on a writing tangent about this because I'm realizing how much it doesn't matter. Being in the country and seeing people and the way they live. It's so much different. No one cares... No cares about what you have. Everyone waves to everyone. You meet someone in the store and they have nothing hiding, masking or building up their persona... They are just them...
I met a lady in West Virgina who told me that when they were remodeling their kitchen she wanted to get the new modern "Marble" counter tops, that were $10,000 more expensive than the tops they ended up having installed (which looked great btw). She said to me "I always feel when guest come over, that they will think I'm inadequate because I don't have the marble. "
The one they had really did look great, they used the saved money to go on a vacation. What do you think about this situation?
I met a wealthy man in the suburbs who silenced the entire table conversation to ask what he called "a very important question"' ... The question: if it was appropriate to wear a cut off shirt when he went to get the mail and made a trip to the grocery store. He asked everyone at the table, when he got to me I said "Do you enjoy wearing cut off shirts? Why does it matter?". His wife responded "because he is a wealthy man".
He did like wearing those cut off shirts.
What do you think?
Met a couple who gave up their lavish life in California to move out to the farmland of Ohio. The lady said to me "We had maids, we had tennis courts, I had brand name clothing and jewelry." She said that during that time she was so stressed out and her family was disconnected. They made a radical move and decided to live in the country side with much less, where "no one cares if you wear k-mart clothing." She says she had never been more happy, the family enjoys spending more time together.
What do you think?
There is a balance to everything.
I guess it all depends how big you want the balancing board and what you want it to balance upon.
The ladies at the smoothie bar had mentioned that they knew some folks in town they have hosted bikers in the past and may be willing to put me up for the night. Sounded great!
Thank you David, Lisa, and Kelly!
She gave a call, and it was all ok! They just lived less than a mile back from where I had already walked. Lisa was already headed that way and asked if I wanted a ride.
They were two dentist, Bob and Charlotte, who lived in a beautiful home by the river. They had both ridden bikes across america and were listed on a site called "Warm Showers" which is like a couch surfing site for those who do long distance biking. They cooked me a wonderful dinner, and we had some great conversation.
They helped me do laundry and they had the most excellent shower! Their was even a steam sauna component to it. I had an amazing nights sleep!