by Gravel Girl / April 19th, 2015
I am at that level of exhaustion that can only be created by some absurd sports event. I want to shut my eyes but I know that I need another glass of water along with another mound of food. The lights from inside the trailer cast odd shadows, leaving half the trailer overly lit while the other half far too dark. The sound of frogs has begun to overtake the road noise from a highway that runs from the town of John Day to the border of Oregon, through an impressive nothingness.
I am just outside the town, along the appropriately named John Day River, just next to a company that fixes large saws for the logging industry. The same company that sports a huge IMPEACH OBAMA sign. Beyond that is a large saw mill, a gun shop, a Thriftway grocery store that displays an impressive number of hunting and fishing magazines at the checkout, a coffee shop that tourists flock to for real lattes, and a butcher that will, “turn anything you shoot into jerky.”
The ride time turned in to just a smidge under four hours, about an hour too long for this time of the season. What was I thinking? I crawled the final 4 miles from the town back to camp, wishing I had never stopped, no matter how good that banana bread and chai latte tasted. I cursed at the smallest of uphills or wind until I hit my turnoff.
And now that I’m post hot shower and first mound of food, I lay here horizontal trying to remember the words to “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd.
I try to switch my current song to an obvious Beetles hit (Strawberry Fields) but can’t seem to get off Pink Floyd.
I have become ….. Comfortably numb.
Hello is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
I have become comfortably numb…..
And no, Kevin I’m not riding tomorrow. :-)
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