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Why Cyclists Camp on Long Road Trips:
By Frosty Wooldridge
When I grew up, my father and mother camped because we were too poor to rent a motel. Dad pitched the big tent, plus the pup tents for us kids. Mom cooked dinner over an old Coleman stove. Lots of times, dad started a fire where we roasted marshmallows. Above us, the ink-black sky sparkled with stars. The gray smoke curled into the pines above our heads. We sang. In a few words, we lived a wonderful childhood.
At the time, I never thought about it very much, because I always curled into my sleeping bag for a cozy night's sleep. For some reason unbeknownst to me at the time, I felt something good in my soul from camping.
Then, college dominated my life for six years...essentially living in a dorm with walls, tiles, pavement, glass and steel. After that, the U.S. Army, and then a teaching job. While teaching kept me in penury, I started bicycle touring with my summers off. No chance for a motel on my salary of $5,000.00 a year! But, oh boy, did I love my summers off to explore the world!
Thus, I started my first coast to coast ride with a tent, sleeping bag and air mattress. Somehow, I slept better. I felt better. I seemed to "reharmonize" my biorhythms with the vibrations of the planet. It didn't dawn on me about any connection as to camping and enjoying a balance with "Nature."
Years later, I discovered that while camping, I was "grounding or earthing", which meant I was allowing my negative charges in my body to flow into the planet, and the planet's positive charges to flow into my body...like a battery in a car.
"Grounding is currently an under-researched topic and there are very few scientific studies on the benefits. However, the most recent scientific research has explored grounding for inflammation, cardiovascular disease, muscle damage, chronic pain, and mood.
"The central theory from one review is that grounding affects your living matrix, which is the central connector between your living cells.
"Electrical conductivity exists within the matrix that functions as an immune system defense, similar to antioxidants. They believe that through grounding, the natural defenses of the body can be restored. Further research expands on this idea."
So, while touring, you enjoy two choices: motels where you are disconnected from the planet's vibrational frequencies along with watching the mindless TV with all its crap spewing into your brain, and/or sleeping in a tent where you are "grounding" all night long with the electrical frequencies of the planet.
As for me, I've enjoyed a lifetime of camping, campfires, star-lit night skies, shooting stars, campfire, smoke curling into the pines, hoot of a Great Horned Owl, crickets, cuckoo birds, frogs croaking, coyotes howling at the moon, great views of the Old Man in the Moon...and another dozen connections with the Natural World.
In the mornings, I've opened my tent flaps to Mount Everest, the Wall of China, the Nullarbor Plains, Amazon jungle, frilled lizard, Mount Denali, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Island, condors flying overhead in South America, Grand Canyon, Arctic Circle, South Pole and another 100 amazing sights that you can't catch in a motel. Additionally, I always bring my shower bag, so I am cleaned, refreshed and ready for the new day.
Final note of wisdom: sometimes it's good to be poor so you're forced to camp, so in the long run, you will be visually, spiritually and mentally filthy, filthy RICH! I need to say that again, I am filthy rich! So can you be the same with your tent, air mattress, and sleeping bag as you nestle into your wilderness home for the night!
Frosty Wooldridge, six continent world bicycle traveler, writing this vignette from his tent overlooking Glacier National Park.
This video graphically and dramatically illustrates America's immigration-population crisis as well as the world's. I wrote it and narrated it. Tim Walters of Cleveland, Ohio directed and produced. Please forward it to all your friends, networks and beyond. Place it on FB, Twitter, Linkedin, Parler and more. Just click the link below to see the video.
Immigration, Overpopulation, Resources, Civilization by Frosty Wooldridge
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Frosty Wooldridge, six continent world bicycle traveler, Astoria, Oregon to Bar Harbor, Maine, 4,100 miles, 13 states, Canada, summer 2017, 100,000 feet of climbing: