Wednesday, 17 December 2003
Pix Of The Day: Journey's End Caprice & Whimsy
CREDIT: © Michael Morse/'Crazy Guy On A Bike' journal
WHERE: the Rocky Mountains. WHAT: the US Continental Divide on a bicycle.
MAP: GDMBR: Great Divide MtB Route. Thumbnail clicks pop-up source image pages.
Most journeys have beginnings, travelling middles, and ends: that hardly seems worth saying, until the further implications are considered. We decided that our own journey, accompanying Michael Morse as he pedalled from Canada to Mexico, should end with caprice and whimsy. We hope the pictures speak sufficiently that you will want to click on them, and from the source page use the 'Journal' link to go to the text.
The sign is one of those pieces of understated Americana that have a vulgar attraction like a bar blonde in leopard skin and red heels. The truck is part of an historical preservation in the state park at Bannack, which was briefly the territorial capital of Montana in 1864, before statehood in 1889. The derelict building is only one example from the journal; if you read thoroughly, you will find a great throw away line at another similar site. It seemed somehow fitting that our final picture selection is Australian Owen Phillis, posing beside the sign on the Mexican side of the border. Oddly, the bicycles seem almost unimportant in the overall scheme of things, though there are plenty more in the journal for gear freaks to admire.
Left to right (as before, not in journey order) are:  one of many Continental Divide crossings, Interstate-10, Separ, New Mexico;  truck in Bannack State Park, Montana;  abandoned building near Quemado Lake, New Mexico; and  journey's end, across the border from Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)