Monthly Archives: October 2011

Letter to a Judge

Dear Judge ******* *****, The issuing officer advised me to write this note in lieu of requesting a mitigation hearing, as I expect to have put several thousand miles between myself and your courtroom by the time my court date … Continue reading

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Vancouver/Calcutta/Journey’s End

My sleeping bag rolled out across a bed of soft pine needles beneath huge trees, I awake in the middle of the night to splashes of water hitting my face.  I curl deeper into my non-waterproof down sleeping bag and … Continue reading

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Down the Alaska Highway (part 4)

Day 7 When I crawl out of my tent into the morning, I see Ronan approaching with arms full of bags.  He’s about to cook us all a hot breakfast.  I smile and build a small fire, and when Ronan … Continue reading

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Down the Alaska Highway (part 3)

Day 5/Day 6 Continuing south down the Alaska Highway, we run into roadblocks every hour during one stretch.  Other people get frustrated and drum their fingers on their wheels.  We get out and stretch and make coffee on the hood … Continue reading

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Down the Alaska Highway (part 2)

Day 3 In the morning we stock up on fresh fruits and veggies from the food bank, and then we hit the road again.  In Watson Lake, I pull into a locally owned gas station Carlos and I visited on … Continue reading

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Down the Alaska Highway (part 1)

Winter approaches.  It’s getting colder in Alaska, but the coffee houses all have brick fireplaces.  In the mornings I head into Alaska Coffee Roasting Company, out of the cold, and with steaming coffee I sit beside the gray windows and … Continue reading

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Fairbanks Bus 142

As I strap my pack together beneath the unfurling gray Alaskan sky, sheets of wind billow across the marbled taiga into which Stampede Trail disappears.  After lacing up a pair of new waterproof boots, I shoulder the load and hit … Continue reading

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