Posts Tagged With: Pilgrimage

Last of the American Boys

He puts his rucksack on

Taking courage from the Dawn of the Sun

He straps his boots on tight

Like a soldier who is ready to March

He is self-assured

A cool man headed into Adventure

He won’t turn back now

He’s the Last of the American Boys

 

He wears his cuts n’ scrapes

Like a badge of Tested Mettle

He is hitchin’ a ride

Like a smilin’ thumb on the Road

He left his stuff behind

While givin’ the Dow Jones the finger

He makes enough to survive

As he’s movin’ from place to place

 

Like a Navigator at the

Heart of the Expedition

He is one of a kind

He’s the Last of the American Boys

 

He plays his ole’ six string

Singin’ songs of the open highway

He is a sucker for

All the mountains he has yet to climb

He will trim his sails

Catchin’ the Trade Winds out on the ocean

He’s a travelin’ man

A rebel needing no cause

 

Like an Indiana Jones

Off on another crazy Adventure

He just can’t stay home

He’s the last of the American Boys

 

He puts his rucksack on

Taking courage from the Dawn of the Sun

He straps his boots on tight

Like a soldier who is ready to March

He will trim his sails

Catchin’ the Trade Winds out on the ocean

He’s a travelin’ man

A rebel needing no cause

And we need him to Live

Cause, he’s the Last of the American Boys.

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Vagrant Story Episode 3: Drinking, Painting, and Money. Can the Lawyer be trusted?

When Bryan awoke the following morning he had a slight hangover. Nothin’ he ain’t dealt with before, he was a sailor, so he knows how to drink. Making a quick breakfast of oatmeal and Earl Gray tea, Bryan thought back to a thought he had last night amidst the inebriated pool game. Get a tattoo, Bryan mused to himself. I think it’s time to get my Compass.

Bryan had long wanted to get a compass tattoo on his left forearm Continue reading

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Vagrant Story Episode 2: Preachers, Guns, and the Venomous Great Escape from Hell?

Leaving the Citgo station our favorite Nomad resumes walking on the southbound road. He decides that he really just wants to walk for a while. The weight of his rucksack starts digging into his hips, pressing thin, hard metal carabineers into his soft, squishy skin. Bryan knows that this is happening because he refuses to adjust his bags. You see, Einstein thought it might be a brilliant idea to wear a belt under a belt attached to a belt. Huh? Continue reading

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Vagrant Story Episode 1: Wanna play with a Mountain Lion?

In the words of Cowboy Beebop…

“I think it’s time to blow this scene.

Get everybody and the stuff together…

OK. 3. 2. 1. Let’s Jam.”

Ladies and Germs… it begins. (And is written in the narrative third person for fun.)

After being dropped off at a truck stop in Mortons Gap KY, Continue reading

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Hammock Camping

Ladies and Germs, I am knee deep in preparations for a vagabonding journey to Ft. Lauderdale and beyond. The goal (if it can be said that I have one) is to hitch a ride on a sailboat to who knows where, and learn how to sail. I will start from Providence KY, taking a bus to Montegomery Alabama and from there, I’ll wing it (like I do.)

As a preface to the journey ahead, I’d like to take the time to talk about my newly Continue reading

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Going on a Pilgrimage to Japan?

Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare yourselves, for soon I be taking you with me on a journey as I complete a Buddhist Pilgrimage, ON FOOT in beautiful Japan. I will walk, Henro style around the circumference of Shikoku Island, and meditate in 88 temples. I have already completed a cycling journey of over 1800 miles down America’s Pacific coast in 55 days, living on a shoestring budget of $8-$11 a day in America of all places, so I know I can do this. In fact I almost went back in September of 2011, but I had squandered my money on bullshit and so opted for the cycling trip instead. The main reason I cycled in the US instead of going on my pilgrimage in Japan? The cost of the flight. I had enough money to travel and live in America or Japan (I am a shoestring traveler after all), but getting to Japan was so expensive that I ended up postponing my pilgrimage to another time.

Well, that time is now.

In an effort to draw tourists back to Japan after the earthquake and radiation scare, the Japanese are launching a campaign where they GIVE AWAY 10,000 (yes ten thousand) round trip tickets to bloggers. The only catch is that winners must blog and write about their experience in Japan using their blog or other form of social media. Japan wants to promote a vision of its country that is safe and enjoyable, not the media driven fears that Japan is an earthquake ridden, nuclear radiation tsunami waiting to happen. That being said, who wants to see me complete a Buddhist pilgrimage on Shikoku Island? Because I will need your help to pull this off.

The contest begins sometime in April (possibly March) and I’m going to need to build this blog into a decent readership by the time April (ironically my birth month) rolls around. I have had troubles with blogs in the past. At times it seemed that I had no interaction with my readers, ergo it appeared that I had no readers. This caused me to lose my drive for writing. I write mostly for you guys. I found out later that that wasn’t the case, people were reading. But they didn’t post so I had no way of knowing that they were there and the blog died out.

Also if anyone has any tips, tricks, and methods they would like to share be it about traffic, blog content, layout design, it is greatly appreciated. If you guys, help me win this; you’ll get to follow me on the trip of a lifetime.

By the way, now that you’re here, take a look around. Constructive criticism appreciated, constructive being the operating word.

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