is hard for me to pinpoint the moment when we decided to
do this, just as I can't remember which of us had the idea
first. Certainly, a voyage of such magnitude, born of total
freedom, had been on my mind since adolescence. Wanderlust.
The urge was - is - overpowering."
So begins this work with no end. It's a funny thing to retell a story.
There is no mystery in the history, yet there are questions that
no one ever asked sitting in the way of a simple regurgitation. Then
there is the problem of aging and forgetting. My bare attempts at
truth are little better than fiction. Thus, The Rolling, a
story about a bike trip I took with a friend during our summer after
college, is becoming ever more an investigation of identity and the
struggle for perspective as turbidity replaces the clarity of youth.
Though you cannot read The Rolling online, I do provide audio
excerpts from some chapters. I will add more excerpts, so
check back! You can also browse through pictures from our trip by
clicking on the arrows in the Flash slideshow below.
1. Prologue 2.
Getting Started 3.
To Leave the City
5. Cherries and Blackbirds
6. Shallow Graves and
7. El Mirage
8. Solar Two
9. Needles 10. Fear and Rolling in Kingman
11. We Met a Cowboy and His Wife
Dog Lady WinMediamp3
15. Tuba City
16. Beautiful Like 99
17. Coffee Jockey Jerk
18. Drink and Rifle WinMediamp3
19. Independence Day
20. Beyond the Thumb WinMediamp3