“If you understand, things are just as they are. If you do not understand, things are just as they are. – Zen saying
After fifty-nine years, I suddenly have this new identity—author. Nothing has really changed. I still grind my own coffee beans in the morning, gas-up my jeep, run with my guys, and write for hours and hours. So what was my reaction when Twenty-four Years to Boston was published?
The book was published on October 1st and I disappeared into the wilderness with my buddy Ed on October 2nd for eight days. We shoved off from Pittsburgh and cycled the Greater Alleghany Passage and C&O Canal to Washington DC.
A marketing expert would mock, “Good timing, JB,” for my timing because a rational marking strategy would be to strike while the iron is hot. Thing is, I don’t rationalize the way most people do.
Publishing a book is extraordinarily exhausting, and spending time in nature is exceedingly revitalizing. Cycling 335 miles, with 100 pounds of camping gear in tow may be grueling, but physical exertion has always been my magic potion. And sleeping on God’s good earth, and bathing in Monongahela, Youghiogheny and Casselman Rivers was reinvigorating. So to me, my timing was genius.
In the midst of our venture fresh ideas filled my head. Life made perfect sense while pumping my legs like pistons up to the Continental Divide, wading in rapids at the end of the day, and cooking over an open fire before snuggling into my sleeping bag each night.
There is no reception in the middle of nowhere, so I was completely disengaged from distractions like my iPhone. It was just me and Ed in the outdoors exchanging jokes and tossing insults at one another. Life is so good.
Refreshed, revived and batteries charged, I’m ready to push forward with life–writing, running, and oh, the book. I talked for an hour with my publisher today and he is sending marketing material out to indie book shops, and to me. I’ll be busy with this new life, but then there’s a small matter I’ll need to tend to—a marathon next month, my fourteenth. I guess I should get serious, focused. Nah!