Sunday, October 19, 2008

Quick Solo Biking Trip


Well, the year has passed by quick and I knew if I was to get in one last trip, I better do it now. So I put together a 3-day 2-night loaded tour with my bike. Haven't really kept in good shape. Two weeks ago my daughter, brother and I did a 26 mile event in Wamego and it went ok, but back-to-back days like this one are tougher, and I've only done an overnighter before on the bike. Bunch of unknowns here. I also wanted to do something that didn't require burning gas or paying for motels. i.e. on the cheap. Local lake should do it nicely. Last weekend was the last weekend with electric and water in the lake campgrounds so the crowds should be gone . . . another plus. Cool weather . . . another plus.


Sounds good to me. This is also my first solo since I've started illustrated journaling, so I'll try my hand at it each day. This time I finished it shortly after I got back home, so the whole thing is right here.



I'm still getting the hang of this blog, so my orientation of these journal entries isn't perfect. Still learning.

The trip went fine. I was able to sketch as often as I felt the urge. The first campground was great and the second one was, well, interesting. Nice campground but some of the people were odd. One guy thought he'd bring his chainsaw and get some firewood for the night. A lot of firewood. Irritatingly noisy. Then, as I was leaving, a couple good ol' boys were dressing out their two whitetail deer killed fresh this morning. I'm a deer hunter myself, but there's a time and a place, and the family campers there (several) may not understand. Still a good trip, though.

8 comments:

Margaret Ann said...

This may be my favorite series yet! I love the hunter's moon reference and drawing...I could feel the 40 degrees at night...the fog in the morning...just choosing to draw instead of do something else...and you were so brave to do this solo! All your descriptions were so much fun to read...What a wonderful new way to look at one's life...thought a simple journal filled with joy and beauty! Thanks for taking us along again!

john.p said...

Thanks, margaret ann. This was my first trip to have no limits on sketch time. I kinda like it, and can see why others in the group have recommended either solo traveling or with other similar-minded folk for sketching outings.

kazumiwannabe said...

Loved reading ( espcially the last part and the things tha tyou learned : ), and looking at your sketches. Do you sketch directly on your journal or select your illustrations from previous sketches?

john.p said...

All these are sketched directly in the journal. Also, except for the tent perspective, they are all lead free. I'm playing with that direct style of sketching. Main reason is speed (not enough hours in the day). I usually sketch first, then fit the words in and around.

Ricardo Sérgio said...

Love your journal pages, they are so full of life. Great.

BMoon said...

wow, delightful journal pages!

Lisa Reed said...

John,
You must certainly know that you have found your calling! Your journaling is compelling and entertaining. I love the idea of the solo trip and have to decide if I am brave enough to stay in a tent alone! Sounds enlightening!
Lisa

Ann said...

Wonderful journal pages! I enjoyed the reading along with the great sketches.