06 January 2006

A personal journal of the American road

In 1979, Kevin Kelly -- later to become the founding editor of Wired magazine -- rode his bike across the United States, starting in San Francisco on August 1 and ending in Westfield New Jersey on October 31.

He kept a journal along the way, where he drew an ink sketch and wrote a haiku for every day of the 5,000-mile trip.

He's published the journal under the title "bicycle haiku" and now you can buy it here.

A previous post about Kevin Kelly.

Kevin Kelly's website.

[Update: Mike Rohde pointed me to Kevin's story about how he got to the point of riding a bike across the US. In this recording his story begins around 4:20 minutes in.]

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2 comments:

Mike Rohde said...

Dave, I heard Kevin deliver a very moving story of how he got to the point of riding a bike across the US that's well worth hearing:

http://207.70.82.73/pages/descriptions/97/50.html

His story is Act One of Episode 50 from January 1997. In this recording his story begins around 4:20 minutes in.

I first heard this story in my car and ended up sitting in my car with the motor off, just to hear the whole story -- it was that riveting. Check it out.

Mike Rohde said...

Dave, I heard Kevin deliver a very moving story of how he got to the point of riding a bike across the US that's well worth hearing on the NPR show, This American Life:

http://www.thislife.org/pages/descriptions/97/50.html

His story is Act One of Episode 50 from January 1997. In this recording his story begins around 4:20 minutes in.

I first heard this story in my car and ended up sitting in my car with the motor off, just to hear the whole story -- it was that riveting. Check it out.