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September 27, 2005 11:37 PM

Moving Time

There is nothing exciting about moving. Nothing.

Over the next few days, I'll be shuttling most of my worldly possessions 500km North of Toronto to the back of my parents garage, where they'll sit and gather dust under a blanket until I'm ready to root myself again.

By Thurdsay I'll have driven more than 2,000 km and spent at least 20 hours behind the wheel. The driving is the fun part; I find the road can be a great place to decompress. Many people, including myself, report that they can often drive for hours without really being conscious of the act. I once drove the entire length of Ohio, North to South, on my way to New Orleans without realizing it. It was almost as if my brain put me on automatic pilot as a way to set me free from the terrible monotony of the freeway. I'm not talking about sleeping. Sleeping while driving can be a bad thing. This is the sort of drifting that can still pull me back to reality in a flash if, say, an oncoming car were to swerve or an animal wander into my path.

Yeah, the driving is fine, it's the packing and organizing that I dread. My grandmother always cautions me to 'own my possessions rather than allow my possessions to own me.' I'm pretty sure she borrowed the advice from Thoreau, but either way it's good stuff.

"It is desirable that a man be clad so simply that he can lay his hands on himself in the dark, and that he live in all respects so compactly and preparedly, that, if an enemy take the town, he can, like the old philosopher, walk out the gate empty-handed without anxiety."

- Henry David Thoreau

While I have very few worldly goods compared to most, for the next couple days I'll be bearing the full burden of my possessions.


jonathan said:

how is your stuff going to gather dust under a blanket?

September 28, 2005 10:27 AM
Kristen said:

So, any ideas where your first destination or general direction will be?

September 28, 2005 12:01 PM
Gia said:

2000km in 20 hours? Sounds like for now you're owned. It's a good thing you can drive unconsciously :)

September 28, 2005 12:35 PM
Ryan said:

We've got tentative plans to head toward NYC to start. There is a 52 year-old surgeon with a boat who's expressed interest in taking on crew for a mid-october trip to Bermuda then the BVI's.... my fingers are crossed. I'll post more about it soon.

September 28, 2005 03:22 PM
jonathan said:

why does your 'latest posititon' still show you in toronto?

September 29, 2005 11:05 AM
Ryan said:


The arrow on the map hasn't moved, because we haven't started traveling yet.... patience.

September 29, 2005 10:41 PM