Solitude and Slowness 01 – St George to Springdale

Is it selective attention? Is it a coincidence?
As I arrived in St George, a paper in the hotel lobby had a first page article on solitude, and on page 2 there was something written about slowing down. Reading it was like a start of journey welcome dialog. The thoughts and meditations before starting the bicycle journey found an echo in the local newspaper.

Local paper on Solitude

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Solitude and Slowness

We are a narrative species, and our view of the world is shaped by the stories we tell to ourselves… Most of our experiences are based in stories that provides them with meaning. A trip is not so much about places and the trip, as it is about the story that influences the way in which we interpret what we experience…

For me a bicycle ride is not so much about the bicycle, as it is about the story. Therefore I tend to prepare myself for a bike trip thinking about a story and reading poetry… I am now riding my bicycles 600 miles from St George in Utah to Chandler in Arizona visiting on the way Zion National Park, Vermilion Cliffs National monument, Marble Canyon where I will kayak the Colorado river from the Lake Powell, Glen Canyon dam to the Navajo bridge and then pedal to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park… For this trip I read stories about “Silence”, “Slowness” and “Nothingness” which will provide a context for describing the journey’s experience…

When you move slowly, it is possible to discover and to enjoy the unexpected…

As an unexpected view and the the picture I took this morning from my hotel’s room window…

Wow moment picture from my window...

Wow moment picture from my window…