Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Late Start for Perambulatin' Across Nebraska... But We Got Gone...

Was nigh on to noon before we got ever'thing locked down and headed out. My saddle is cabled to my scooter in the back of Evin's garage till I roll back through in a bit over a month to pick 'em up...

Made no sense to load the bike up now. All she'd do is sit on truck in the weather... so... she'll be safe there until my return.

Been six months and more since the rig has hit the highway... had planned on just cutting over to 85 down in Colorado... but with the extra late start decided to run the interstate to Cheyenne, make a little bit of time, and then follow along 85 from there.

Only went as far as Scottsbluff  Nebraska so a hard day of maybe a 150 miles ;) That set us up for a hard day of around 200 miles yesterday... yup... two days and 350 miles... I'm pushin' hard.

Up north of town an hour or a bit more... at the rate I travel, is the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

See the piece of equipment behind the entrance sign? That's over at the improvements of the Agate Ranch that sits beside the monument.

Seems a fella named Cook built that place at the end of the 1800's. He invited Red Cloud to bring his people to raise their Tee Pees in the Cottonwood grove at the ranch each year.

They'd dry beef and such on the land where they used to roam free.

Angus cattle have replaced the longhorns and buffalo of those days... and a 21st century covered wagon is the shelter these days... But... Nebraska still looks pretty fine.

We took a short mile walk up into some of the bluffs where fossilize remains of ancient beaver dens are displayed... they formed kind of a corkscrew appearance that the diggers of those days first thought were some sort of a giant plant... until one of 'em found the fossil of a beaver buried up in one... You'll have to go look for yourself... I couldn't get it to translate into a decent photo!

 I believe I always thought this far west in Nebraska had gone dry enough that it was into the short grass prairie... buuuuut... that's lookin' pretty "long grass" to me... where they mowed a bit alongside the path up into the bluffs.

The Lakota (the true name of what us white fellers always called sioux) and the Cheyenne used to roam this part of the world... Living pretty fine and free... until a horde of illegal aliens invaded their territory an overpowered 'em with sheer numbers... and TOOK their land - something to keep in mind in the 'debate' of the current times when ever'body has their panties in a twist over "illegal aliens".

Inside the visitor center are two displays. One is a collection of the fossils from a bone pit found on the monument. Apparently there was a pond or small lake that was the hunting ground of some sort of humongous Bear Dog... 

Those hunters stacked up quite a collection of bones...

and then, there's a gallery of the gifts Red Cloud's people made and gave to the Cooks in response to their friendship.

There's another "story hide" there as well... one that remembers the Battle of the Greasy Grass... what our culture calls "Custer's Last Stand" or the Battle of the Little Big Horn...

*The Lakota Version of the Battle of the Greasy Grass*

Buuuut... we were dawdlin' a lil' to much and the day was sliding away... so we had to push on...

Up north of Custer in the Paha Sapa... the Black Hills is the privately built, or being carved Crazy Horse Memorial. It's a heroric sized memorial to Chief Crazy Horse; Likely the greatest of the Lakota War Chiefs.

 It's a totally privately funded enterprise... Federal funding has been refused a couple of times. Started in 1948 it still has a ways to go...

 Just north of that site we found a National Forest camp called Orville half way between Custer and Hill City... for five bucks a night for us, it doesn't make hunting up a free camp worth the effort ;)

We pulled in about an hour after I like to clear the road, but being late in the season, there was no shortage of sites.

Having held fairly closely to the rule of two's (go two hundred miles, get off the road by two and lay up two days) we're gonna putter around this area today... and then move on to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park area in North Dakota likely on Thursday or so...

We start working at the harvest on Monday so plan is to pull into the fairgrounds where we'll be based on Saturday afternoon.

Till then it's just goin' slow

Monday, September 15, 2014

Discombobulated Goin' Interfering with the Gittin' Gone...

The coffee's on and the sun is rising... too much junk from sitting too long is still scattered about. There's several chores to be finished up this morning before we can hitch and haul. Always gets left to the last minute... But... I'll get haulin' whenever my wheels start turning.

It's a rare occasion we get a really early start, but we don't usually go too awful far in a day anyway so why rush around?

The end of this day we'll be one of three places... somewhere in Wyoming... somewhere in Nebraska... or ... somewhere in South Dakota. It all depends on how late our late start gets... and which way I turn when I get to the junctions where a decision has to be made.

There's an agate fossil bed monument in Nebraska that might be interesting... and a couple of monuments, memorials and National as well as State parks in southern South Dakota along our way.

The roll will be mostly avoiding the super slab. The early "plan" is to follow along the track of U.S. 85 as it winds it's way north. There's a good long stretch where it follows the course of the Cheyenne to Deadwood stage... Maybe that would tickle my imagination a mite and get a few words stacking up for a story...

I better get to goin' if I'm gonna be gittin' gone

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A long sit in a funk of confusion playing an assigned "Role" held in place by guilt trips and... Insanity

It's been a while since I stirred the pot. Some might think I do it for that purpose, just to provoke people. I swear... Keep reading... I Vow... there IS a way forward and a light at the end of the tunnel.

The truth is, it's what I need to do for myself; to keep the proper perspective clear in my vision... to blow away the smoky haze the system uses to hone its ability to manipulate the ignorant masses for its benefit.

Its hope is that if you lose your vision in the fog it creates... it will be easier for "it" (the system) to say... "There. There is what you were seeking. That's the direction you were trying to go"... and then, pointing off into the haze, mislead you into the trap of Its agenda.

I look around the world so many years after the latest promised "Change" and the only change I see is ever greater division. Always remember... division benefits ONLY the powers that be. It prohibits the formation of any force strong enough to challenge it.

It is fed by ever greater governmental incompetence painted over with the cover of slick words and hollow something-for-nothing promises... all in an environment of economic stress, racism, nationalism, twisted religious fervor and statistics so twisted, falsified and misinterpreted, that no sense can be be gained from them and no trust placed on them.

The battering comes from countless directions with such rapidity that anyone listening and trying to make some sense of things is quickly beaten into submission by sheer exhaustion from the volume of the endless cacophony.

The economy is failing, the food is poisoned, the air is toxic, the frequencies of your cell phone cause brain cancer, the terrorists are coming, the mexicans are coming, Hillary is COMING!!!

Chicken little raises the volume claiming "the sky is falling", "The poles are melting"... "I need More taxes, More regulations... MORE POWER to Save you from this Crisis!!!"... ALL amidst a contradicting flood of statistics that show the earth cooling for the past two decades and record ice growth the past two years.

To anyone who backs off far enough to take in the "Big Picture"... all the noise and confusion follow an ever clearer pattern. Any time ANYONE coalesces into a "group" of clear thinking, pragmatic people bent on actually accomplishing anything good... they are demonized and vilified unceasingly; Until the lies told about them, so easily disproved, become the accepted truth.

Why? Because anyone coalescing into a group with any significant power... Threatens the "Status Quo" of the powers that be... and THAT will simply not be tolerated. The powers that be run too deep. Their powers to propagandize and punish resistance are too great.

The ability or even the willingness of the people (most often Sheeple) to see the truth and reality of the "Man behind the curtain"... is virtually non-existant. The people want to believe the Lie... because the truth requires them to conquer their fears and commit to a horrendous amount of work.

So.. following their avoidance of that fear and work... their reasoning leads them to enlist in absolute insanity.

Around the world people seem determined to repeat the holocausts of the "War to End All Wars"... and the conflagration of the "Greatest Generation"... The more recent Holocausts of Korea, Vietnam, Ruanda, Bosnia-Herzogovina, Iraq, Afganistan, the list goes on, have failed to keep the lessons of history in clear view.

Gaza, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Iraq are all in flames. Much of Africa is on fire. The virtual civil war in Mexico has been bounced off the front pages. Repeated and accelerating terrorist bombings, compounded by economic distress in China fostered by the economic stress of the rest of the world... is forcing the age old solution of Tyrants. Find a "Threat" Outside of the country... and so you see ever greater "conflict" with China...

Putin is on the march invading sovereign nations with little more than a slap on the wrist. Crimea, Ukraine... others cower in fear . Sure, they were once held by force of arms within the old Soviet Union. But... why do so few understand that you can not impose "Freedom" and "Protection" on Other people by shelling their cities and families into rubble and horror?

Why can no one see that what YOU think is just that... what YOU think.

You Can Not... Impose your beliefs and desires for life on ANYONE... and then speak the words... "I live in pursuit of Freedom"..."I'm here to protect you"... and then blow their world into oblivion. You make a LIE out of the word; FREEDOM.

But then, those that do such things are not and never were proponents of Freedom. They are tyrants hiding their quest for power and subjugation behind the most beautiful thing in Human Existence.

So... what has all this human stupidity got to do with me?

The world is not going to change. If you stand up and try... if you stand up and try to take the power away from those who rule and manipulate you... as soon as you gain their attention... they will crush you...IF... if you play THEIR game, on THEIR field, by THEIR rules.

ah.. there lays the funk and confusion... What can you do?

Ha!... your confusion can nearly be cleared up with one lil' meme... if... you back off, slow down, breathe slow... and THINK about it...

and maybe... the words and ideas of a couple of others...

Don't try to change the world. Change yourself... but only allow that change to be; Moving quietly away from what you are TOLD to be... and be who you are when you look into your soul.

Don't poke the badger... just stop playing on its field. Turn your back on the phony, Hegelian, politics that promise much and deliver little...

Do... pursue your passions and your creativities... reach for the things that feed your soul and put joy in your life. They counter balance the garbage the system tries to demoralize you with. Turn off the "system".

Do... Turn away from the never ending droning of Media that only works to use sorrow and crisis to herd you to the place they want you to be, so they can suck the profit and power out of you. Focus and Use the media to provide you with only those things that benefit you. Only those things that Uplift your spirit... Turn away from that negative, spirit crushing noise I enumerated above...

Do... collect what you need and shun the rest.

Do leave behind those that belittle your dreams and obstruct your efforts. Hang tightly to those who say; Go For it! I've got your back... and then jealously guard theirs.

When you're feeling most beat down... know that your fatigue is deliberately induced as a tool to control you... and from where it comes... know where it comes from so you can turn it off! You are being played with propaganda... go out and use the words of those men in the memes to help hold your focus... while you Create Your Own "Music" to drown out that negative noise...

I leave for the Beet Harvest in a bit over a week... It is the first step in a return to Me. The first step in going back to "not giving a shit what anybody thinks"... except for my own thoughts about "Me"...

The first step in abandoning "dogma" and "other people's thinking"...

My presence and participation on FB will see a sharp decline. My conversations regarding politics, religion, race, nationalism et. al. will nearly vanish. Only those things with direct impact on me, and my efforts at escape and evasion of the dogmatic coercion of soh-sigh-uh-tee will be shared.

I am going "Home"... Maybe my stumbling steps will help somebody else find an easier trail.

Yeah... a long winded sermonizing. But this IS me... so what's new? ;)