Paul gets Drunk!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
Trip End May 16, 2008

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Friday, October 19, 2007

    You know how you go to the bar or a house party and decide to have a few drinks. The problem is you haven't been out much lately and you haven't had much to drink what start feeling light headed a lot sooner than before. But you don't stop drinking. Then you get drunk and have a hangover the next day. You didn't plan on getting drunk. It just happened! Yeah...Right! Believe that all that you want. The next day you feel so awful you swear you'll never touch another alcoholic beverage in your life. That is...until the next time when you've forgotten about the last time. 
    Well....sorry to disappoint you all but I didn't actually get drunk, as you all, incorrectly, assumed by my heading. I'm talking about my bike riding. You were probably all wondering while reading my last entry how I could ride my bike for that distance. Especially considering my fatigue.  I use to be able to. I'd go for a 75 to 80 km bike ride on a Saturday morning. I'd barely feel the effects. And in Calgary, with its 1000 metres in elevation and large hills, it definitely wasn't an easy ride. But I rode all the time and had no problem doing that.
    Yesterday I was ambitious...wanting to bike Martha's Vineyard. I haven't ridden much in the past year. All the tour books indicated that the riding on the Island was easy and even families with kids could do it. Well, today I'm paying for it. Every muscle in my body is aching. Didn't sleep so well either. So today I'm staying put in my trailer. It's raining out at this time. So it's a good day for that. Yes, riding my bike is good cardio for my condition. But take it easy! 5K....maybe 10K, but 45, are you nuts? Well...after reading everything I've written so far, maybe some of you are starting to think that. But I continue to get positive comments. I do harp on getting comments posted to my blog or emails from family and friends. But it's one way of staying in touch. I do know people have busy lives and I appreciate it that they are even reading my blog. My concern is that some people who are on my email list do not get the updates (or have never even received any of my emails) because of spam safeguards. So, next time you read this send me a note or else I have might have to start sending individual emails to those who have NEVER indicated that they've received notice of my Journey. I also know that some of my writings can be cryptic or I say stuff that might not make sense. There's nothing wrong with asking me to clarify stuff. Like Dan's question as to the reason for my name here...Cobra1899. As I explained to him...."Cobra1899-It's just the moniker I use on my hotmail and other accounts when I don't need to use my real name and start getting all those annoying junk emails. When I first set up my hotmail account using Cobra I had a picture of a Shelby Cobra as my photo. Actually it was also my desktop picture and at the time I had plans on building a Cobra kit car some day. The 1899 is just the number I had to use because Cobra 2000 or whatever I was going to use was already taken." So there, you now all know why my account name is Cobra1899.
As karma has it, after yesterdays email to family and friends harping on not getting emails back or comments on my blog, and then receiving reminders from my sister and mother that, yes, people have busy lives, one of my cousins (I have quite a few coming from a French Canadian family) sent out an email with the subject line "Thinking of you". For some reason she's not on my email list, though her sister is, and I just found out that her mom has just received notification from one of my other aunts to check out my blog. Isn't it funny how these things "SNOWBALL" (that's for all you individuals stuck in winter wonderland)? I've attached a copy of the wonderful thought (hopefully it gets copied properly when I copy and paste this from Outlook to the blog).


There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.

Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today?"

So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.

"H-M-M," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?"

So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.

"Well," she said, "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." 

So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.

"YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"

                                        Attitude is everything.

I've been on the computer long enough this morning. Actually early afternoon by now (how time flies when you're doing stuff you enjoy)
        "Walking meditation is meditation while walking. We walk slowly, in a relaxed way, keeping a light smile on our lips. When we practice this way, we feel deeply at ease, and our steps are those of the most secure person on Earth. All our sorrows and anxieties drop away, and peace and joy fill our hearts. Anyone can do it. It takes only a little time, a little mindfulness, and the wish to be happy. 
                                            Thich Nhat Hanh - Quoted from Walking Meditation

Oh....I'll probably overdo the bike riding at some other point of my trip...just like drinking too much, I'll forget about the last time. At least the bike riding is healthy!

"Think It? Feel It! Live It."
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mpambrun on

Love the blog and your pictures are truly beautiful! Also love all the stories about the people you are meeting. Keep it up, we're all healing through your trip.

Keep reminding us of what is important in life! I read something good the other day: don't live as if you will die tomorrow, live as if you will die in 5 years; 5 years makes us drop all the unimportant stuff but is long enough to plan and fulfill the really important projects in our lives.

Take care and try not to bike too much...remember the messages your body is sending you.


nick-fisette on

It's surprising how often I hear people saying that going to certain classes really suck, or that they don't want to take part in a specific activity. With a slight change in attitude they could make everything a little bit more enjoyable.

Stay safe Dad and have fun!

Love you.

shaw2 on

Well finally I have the gist of this techno world...I hope..I have had some difficulty joining your merry band of travelors, but here I am ..and enjoying your great adventure more than I can say. You are doing what so many of us wish we had the courage to do...I thank you for sharing this very special adventure with us....Seeing the world through your eyes is one of the highlights of my day...Looking forward to more exciting adventures along your way. Take care and be safe...We are thinking of you . As ever Pat

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