My walk around shoes by the end of my tour. Mind you, these weren’t my riding shoes.

I was inside the SoHo Apple store for about 2 hrs, trying to catch up on some blogging last Tues (which I do because I don’t own a computer besides my phone, and it can’t really do the whole job..), and when I emerged Old Grace (the bike), which I’d locked to a tree in front of the store early afternoon, in broad day, was gone. Suffice to say the bike tour is over.

That doesn’t mean the project is over. I plan to spend the next few weeks booking shows in NYC and in the Tri State area at schools, in after school programs, theaters (if you have any ideas or leads for me, please shoot me a mesg), and possibly just traveling around the city and performing via train, and Jolie and I are gearing up to begin working the one man show.

This project of hopping on my bike with Shakespeare on my back, barreling full speed ahead towards my fears has been one of the greatest things I’ve done with my life, and I’m not ready to be done yet.

The `Speare Bearer’s Ride: Route S, Pittsburgh, PA to Washington D.C. 09/13-09/17, Pt. 9: Patti & Tommy? the Gumption Dragon, and the Great Trail Exchange

The question mark is because I’m a jerk, and it took me so long to find a computer since I’ve gotten back to NYC to blog that I’ve begun to forget lIttle details of the final few days of my tour, like the names of this wonderful couple I met riding the C & O trail. I believe this couple is Patti and Tommy. We ended up chatting for a bit, when I took a break from speeding through the trail to ask them for directions. I ended up performing for them, I believe it was a Twelfth Night scene, and to my surprise, they weren’t content to let me just perform for them. They wanted an equitable exchange, and each had pieces to perform for me. 
Tommy had actually gone to high school with Nils Lofgren, famed musician of the E Street Band, and Neil Youngs Crazy Horse. He shared a funny limerick Nils recited at a talent show when they were kids. And Patti, also a performer, puts on shows school age children as “The Gumption Dragon”, a magical dragon all about encouragement and affirmation. She shared one of her pieces about “power” and it was so gleeful and sweet I almost burst into delighted pieces right there. And she does this all in an awesome dragon costume. Check her out!:
The `Speare Bearer’s Ride: Route S, Pittsburgh, PA to Washington D.C. 09/13-09/17, Pt.5, Stealth Camping in Hancock, WV 09/17
Slept out here this night because it was a nice covered hidden place, and I was in front of a bike shop, which I needed to visit first thing in the morning anyway. I slept right behind my bike where you see the sleeping mat laying. The owner lived in an adjoining building only feet away, and I was lucky enough to have woken up and be almost packed back up only right as he emerged to open his store. I don’t think he could tell I’d slept there. I’m such a badass. 

Fuck yea.