The road has been hit.
So far though only by car and not yet by bike. After bidding farewell to my students and friends, finding a home for my cat Mwci (thank you Amertah & Erin), subletting the apartment (take care of that mural Steimle!), getting rid of the majority of my belongings (master yard-saler Lupe), selling my car (go Menze!), spending hours researching the essentials for the ride (Manna & Robert are bottomless pits of resource), searching for travel insurance that covers semi-insane adventurers – my mother and I have packed the rental car with my Surly Long Haul Trucker and are making our way up the coast towards my take-off point of Seattle. It is delightful possessing just four panniers worth of belongings for the next year and I am practicing growing accustomed to living with two days worth of clothing.
Before setting off, fellow cycling enthusiast and enthusiast in general, Gina, designed this Tshirt as a fundraiser for me and for Habitat for Humanity. She found it very amusing that a large community in San Diego knows me by the name of “Frau Grogan”
A couple of students were inspired to raise the money for the T’s themselves.
I had a farewell in San Diego that plucked repeatedly at my heartstrings and reminded me again and again that there is no better time to depart than when one is_____________ (fill in the blank)
– at peace
– a German teacher who just spent the year teaching her students Germany’s Football theme song (’54, ’74, ’90, 2010 by Sportfreunde Stiller) and the team doesn’t make it to the finals after all.