The Way

Why?

Number 1 – Well, I guess it all started with the health scare. I woke up with this thing in my throat and I thought, “This is it! I am going to die!” I completely freaked out. Until hearing the doctor say that I was OK, I had miserable days, living in fear… fear of dying.

Number 2 – Then, with this renewed awareness of impending death, came the urge to take action. I went back to my “bucket list,” and there it was, Item # 1 – “Hike the Appalachian Trail, or the Swiss Alps during summer, or do some other walking meditation. Meet wise teachers, have new insights, and grow.”

Number 3 – Then I watched the movie “The Way” directed by Emilio Estevez, with his father, Martin Sheen, in the leading role. In the movie, the son invites his father to walk with him the Camino de Santiago (“The Way of St. James”), a long and popular pilgrimage route that goes from the south of France, through the north of Spain, to the city of Santiago de Compostela. The father rejects the invitation based on the important and urgent things he believes he has to do, the responsibilities that, in his mind, don’t allow him to take time off and live a carefree life. A few days later he receives a call informing that his son has died in a tragic accident. He goes to France to retrieve the body but rather than return home, he decides to embark on the pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey, carrying his son’s ashes with him along The Way. The pilgrimage, and with it, the time to examine life, has a profound impact on him.

Needless to say that the movie had a huge impact on me. I said to myself, “It is time!”

Number 4 – Then there was Free-Spirit-Steve, my friend, who continues to open my eyes to possibilities. He had recently taken time off and lived his adventure, riding a bike, solo, through beautiful Colorado.

Put these things together, and a few more, and, somehow, here I am. I am not going to walk, but I will be biking. I am not going to hit the Appalachian Trail or the Swiss Alps (at least, not this time), but I will be on the Pacific Coast Bike Route soon. I am embarking on my first solo self-supported bike ride from Portland , OR, to San Francisco, CA, and I plan to share this experience with you.

Wish me luck!

Training in Mount Dora with Steve's Windsor Touring Bike (without panniers) Getting used to long rides before the longer ride. Life is Good!

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15 thoughts on “The Way”

  1. Enjoy the ride and the scenery. I’m proud of you. I will miss you but I know you are going to have a great time and build a lot of memories. Good luck. After that, you will understand when I bike 100 miles one day , go home, sleep and the next day , go for another 62 and have a lot of fun. One day we will do a big bike ride trip together and maybe a big paddleboard trip too.

  2. Maria,
    The reason you can bike so long is because of the great company you keep while biking. It looks like I might have created two monsters now, although I can’t say how jealous I am of Piero’s trip, I will get my chance again, or make my chance again.
    Piero, remember the goal of this trip is to enjoy, savor the moment and ride as many miles and as fast as you can, not save the world. Good luck my friend

    1. Enjoy = Yes
      Savor the moment = Yes
      Ride as many miles and as fast as you can = No

      Save the world = No, but maybe same myself, my world.

      Thank you, Steve.

      Thank you.

  3. Piero, you have always inspired me since I first met you in the chapel. We will miss you at the Wednesday lunch, while you are exploring the West Coast. You are fulfilling your “bucket list” – an inspiring me to update mine. May God bless you on your trip as you enjoy part of Heaven each day of our eternal journey.

    1. Thank you, Jim.

      Some day I will show you my bucket list, and, if you feel like, you will show me yours.

      Many blessings to you.

      “If Heaven is where God is, then wherever we experience the bliss of being with God we are in Heaven.”

      Piero

  4. Pieromyhero, I admire your adventurous spirit..I won’t dare doing something like this…I am afraid even to bike to Pompano…no stamina..no courage…wish you good luck and am sure you will learn a lot during this adventure.

    1. Thank you, Lautaro.

      “Our human experience can be varied or repetitive, exciting or dull. Moving into unexplored territories brings excitement to life. The novelty of the discovery makes us feel engaged and alive. Traveling is a great adventure. When we travel, our understanding of life expands. By seeing other cultures and customs, we become better able of seeing alternatives on how to live, how to relate to one another, and how to organize ourselves to live in this planet. If we spend all our time in the same place, without investing in our intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical development, we remain with a very limited understanding of life that tends to diminish and rigidify itself as time goes on.
      The exploration that provides adventure, power, and expansion, doesn’t have to take place exclusively in the outside; it can take place inside our own selves. The inner exploration is a great adventure that expands our limits and allows us to experience a great sense of power.”

      Piero

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