Day 3- JW rides and begins with a pulse
Day 3, JW rides America and takes her pulse
Yes in a way, I want to take the pulse of America from the heart of fly-over country. I will explain a little more as I go along, but I have a feeling that there are more than a few folks fed up with the current politicians views, as well as a seemingly biased media. But enough of my opinion, I want to know yours.
#1- Can we win the battle in Iraq, and should we win this battle for reasons greater than what the current crop of hair spray politicians seem to give us as reason.
#2- What about the whole concept of a war on those who fall into the camp of being a terrorist, this takes us deep into other countries that harbor these people, how far should America go?
#3- What about education, we see and hear of enough conflicting studies and educational reports to think that most of our kids can’t think there way out of an out-house. What do you think needs to be done?
#4- Globalization, is the modern economists version of panacea, but is it really. Are there larger and larger regions of our country that are being left behind as manufacturing moves overseas? And about those jobs, what sort of job is being left behind for those who still need a job in USA.
#5- Any one whom would take the time to do any research into the founding of this country would have to at least acknowledge that God played a huge part in not only its founding but also in the orchestration of the writings that would entail the formation of these United States. So, the question is, as our country is steered more and more towards secularism, much like has happened in western Europe, is the actual fabric that makes America great, becoming to raveled to hold together in the tough times that many warn us are ahead. What do you think?
LET ME KNOW BY SENDING A POST, AND BE APART OF THE PULSE THAT BEATS IN AMERICA. Depending on how you answer, we will either classify you as a VIEN or an ARTERY………..just kidding.
looking up the Kern from Bakersfield
Today was a very tough day, a lot tougher than I was ready for, and I have no shame in telling you that I would have quit if it hadn’t been for my wife’s Prayers and my kids constant encouragement. So I am thankful for a great family, and a Lord who oversees my each footstep………or should I say pedal stroke!
Very pretty place to drive, but not a bike route I would recommend!!!
We got somewhat of a late start, since I had to run back to Coalinga and photograph a saddle last nite after I rode 75.8 miles. I also had to do a little work on my bike. SO the morning started at 9am in Bakersfield. I rode around the north side of town and took the china grade loop road so I could hit Hwy 178 heading up the Kern Canyon. Serious Canyon, and no place for a bike pulling a heavy trailer. I consider myself lucky to be alive and to stupid to know when to quit.
More rock wall for company, as cars pass by at 60mph, tooting horns and gesturing with fingers I would like to break for them......ah, well I Pray.
Once you are past the first 26 miles of the canyon, it gets a little wider for you and the cars both. From that point, it is 106 degrees on my bike thermometer, and I am wearing a long sleeve jersey to beat the sunburn back a little. My right leg is already well done, so I bath in sunscreen. Anyone got good advice in brands of sunscreen that actually work??
I had a cowboy friend that worked on the Onyx Ranch, so I stopped here because of that. Talked to the lady who owned the store and asked her a few questions.
We stopped in Lake Isabella for a great lunch, and then the steady clickety click of the chain, as I rode on up the Kern River Canyon. That is a great ride, with lots of beautiful scenery. I stopped at the Onyx General store, and asked the owner a few of the PULSE questions. She was kind enough to be open and honest, to generalize the War on Terror will only be won if we are willing to use a much firmer hand. And yes, we certainly can win this overall conflict. She feels that Americans are becoming fat and complacent, with equal number of folks who just don’t care or don’t feel it will affect them and there introspective lifestyle.
We camped about ½ way up the Walker Pass, and its my job to finish it up over the top tomorrow. Mom really fed us fine tonight. We had baked rice, grilled Salmon and English Bangers………….what can I say, I married UP and got a great ranch cook.
What a women I and my kids have been Blessed with to call Mom.
I had a 63.5 mile day today
What a beautiful way to end the day of riding, sunset over the Walker Pass Campgrounds, elevation approx 10,000 ft.
Good night and God Bless