It’s my 4 year end-of-first-bike-trip-aversary!
That journey by the numbers:
800 miles from Memphis, Tennessee to Venice, Louisiana
2 nights camping inside a fire station
26 nights people took me in
I thought it was a southern hospitality thing, but people have been taking me in all over the world in the years since –– I don’t know how to possibly repay this gift, but once I have a place of my own there will always be a futon for travelers.
1 cardboard sign
1 time I held a mastodon tooth
Thanks, Howard Brent! Howard took me out on a Sunday river boat ride with his friend Hank, too. He showed me how the river washes up a whole treasure box of things, like the skeleton of this boat.
Despite the best attempts of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Mississippi’s banks are always moving and jumping.
1 night dancing at Reds in Clarksdale
This saxophone player’s jacket is the inspiration for the neon vest that I wear while cycling…
I embroidered myself a pair of poet pants in New Zealand, too.
I did a fist pump every time I saw one of these signs. MRT!!!
That August 2013 I recorded 50 hours of stories.
I didn’t know what I was doing, but it felt right.
Music comes out of the water, I think.
Stop what you’re doing and go listen to the Shotgun Jazz Band. No, really. The night I spent listening to them in New Orleans was simply sublime.
I chased after a car to get this picture taken at the End of the World, the place where Louisiana Highway 23 meets the Gulf of Mexico.
I’ll have to check when I’m back stateside to see if I can find the hard-drive with those audio stories on it. It would be interesting to listen.
I’m immensely grateful to all the storytellers who have propelled me around this planet a few times since… I couldn’t keep going without the 700+ people who have taken the time to share a piece of their lives with me.
Here’s to water stories, climate change stories, and everything in between.
Stay tuned for more updates about 1,001 Stories in the months to come. I have 700+ audio stories from the last three years to share… still working on format, but a podcast might be bubbling on the back-burner.
xo from Stockholm,