Glenn Charles

Adventurer | Photographer | Connector

Today I am a Time Traveler with a Camera... Tomorrow, who knows

Three Days and Counting

Wow, the time has both dragged through my delays and sped through the year.  After several unavoidable setbacks in getting the bike together I am now ready to depart on my most challenging trek yet.  A 12,000 mile bike tour around America, largely on a Salsa Fargo with on one gear.  Yes, that is right, I head out in 3 days on an old school single speed.  What could be more Wabi Sabi than the beauty and simplicity of only having one gear?  Now, for those of you thinking I am a little nuts, let me say this. I have committed to travelling as far as I can on the SS, but there may come a time when I need to add a few gears.  Heck, just making it through the mountain pass in west Texas may be enough to shake me to my senses.  So when and if the time comes that I need gears, then I am sure things will work out in a perfect way.

The story of the how I ended up with a SS versus gears is so in line with how my life seems to work these days.  I was able to acquire the bike about a month ago from a bike shop in Tampa.  When I visited Bicycle Outfitters and took the bike for a test ride, I knew it was the bike for me.  I had been looking for a Salsa Fargo for two months and just knew that it was the right bike for my upcoming tour.  Even though it was  configured as a single speed I figured that if it was meant to be, then I would find a set of gears (and the drive-train) to go with it and everything would get switched out.  However, and this is the important point, I also knew that if gears did not materialize, then it simply meant I was intended to head out on the trail with what I had.  As it was, gears never materialized, so I have enjoyed the simplicity and elegance of pedaling a single speed.

You see for me it is all about what you have, not what you don't have.  That does not mean that we don't 'desire' things, in fact one of the great spiritual teachers of the day, Neil Donald Walsch, just the other day posted a quote that really rang true to me:

"Desire everything, but need nothing" - Neil Donald Walsch

And so, with that in mind, I wake each day grateful for all I have; knowing that I posess exactly what I need, that my world is perfect in every way.  It means that I view my glass half full and not half empty.  I am never lonely because each day I am surrounded by beautiful people, all of whom I love. Like many, I have certain things that I desire, but I know that I don't need them.  So yes, I do desire gears, but I don't need them and if gears don't materialize then I will pedal the entire distance with just a single speed, a big grin on my face every single mile of the trip.  I admit, this path will be a bit slower, and probably a bit harder, and in fact I may even have to walk a bit, but I am in no hurry, the trail is not going anywhere.

As we come to the end of 2010, this is a great time to reflet on how you view your world.  Is it a view that centers on lack or a view that centers on abundance.  A world view based on abundance, is a world full of love, peace and happiness.  Everything is easy for you have everything that you need.  If you wake each day and end each day, simply reflecting on all that you have, you can't help but live in a state of bliss.

"You Must Be Love In Action" - John Dyer