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rm_TigerIze68 48F
81 posts
8/22/2005 9:28 pm

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"The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure."

Jiddu Krishnamurti

durhambottom 49M

9/1/2005 2:42 pm

Welcome back to the blogging world. I see you were gone a few months. I hope you had a good time And that you find another soon!


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
9/2/2005 12:57 am

A beautiful quote Tiger

Best wishes for your beginnings


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
.
~Dante~


rm_Runhard101 59M

9/20/2005 9:13 pm

...Tig...I will begin my journey with you here...I trek...long distances...one weekend, a year (could it have already been two?) ago, I trekked 65 miles on the OBX...in October...the most beautiful of months (the lights, the lights, the lights in October are stunning)...it was actually a three day weekend...the first day I walked a marathon...over 26 miles...with a pack on...in the sand....on the beach...by the sound...

...the first 4 hours moved quickly, almost easily...walk, drink, rest, walk, walk, drink, rest, walk, walk, walk, drink rest...

...the next two I tired...struggled to hold onto my stride...drank more sloppily, sweated profusely in the mid 80's heat...

...then, the rest of the day...I ran on will...my body was spent...my energy depleted...my mind numb...I ran on will...

...until I finished...

...the next day, 3 AM sounded shrill and alarming as it rang beside me and when I turned to swing my legs out of bed, I was hit by a spasm of pain as my over weary legs screamed at the shock of my weight set upon them...veteran trekkers will tell you walking 20 miles a day on solid, even surface is not a feat...20 miles on uneven ground a trick...a marathon on a sandy beach...insanity...

...and I had done it...but, I had to do it again...

...so, at 4 AM I swung my pack onto my exhausted shoulders, turned from the truck and headed away from the light that bathes the Visitor's Center on Pea Island, just a mile or two south of Oregon Inlet...I walked into the darkness because there is no artificial light south of the center for 9 miles, until you reach Rodanthe...

...after two hours, the darkness had enveloped me...and so had the fatigue...and so had the screamin joints, muscles and sinew of my legs...already, barely 4 miles into the day and I was beyond words with hurt and exhaustion...so far to go, so far to go...my energy had never returned over night...I hurt so much...so tired...my body was failing me, my well trained and road toughened body...my mind was numb with fatigue...even my great, old heart was so beaten, so hopeless, so...finished...my will...ha...a joke, my will was left in shatters when my heart failed me...

...and that's when I found it...my end...drunkenly, I tipped my head back and started to drink from my water bottle...

...and that's when I saw it...at the end of the pain...stars...countless, endless, brilliant, horizon-to-horizon (with only sea to my left and sound to my right) stars...without landmarks like trees, vegetation, houses and the like, the world of stars seem to fall below my feet, giving me the sensation of floating...drifting...free...in them...the stars...

...an end...and a beginning...joy filled me...I felt a surge of something I still can't quite identify jolt me...pleasure...the rhythm of pain and pleasure...

...it was hidden, suppressed somewhere inside me...something I couldn't quite name...the beginning...

...I caught my breath and felt cool tracks along my cheeks...tears for the light...of stars...

...and right then, right there...I knew it...

...if I had to walk, crawl or slither on my belly like a snake, I was going to finish it, finish the marathon...

...and I did...and then I walked a ten miler on the third day...

..just for the sheer joy of it...the joy of the beginning...


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