Atmospheric CO2

Welcome to carbonstories.org. On this site you can learn about Michael Johnson-Chase and follow my blogs. With some exceptions, this site follows "theme based" cycling tours focusing on social and climate related issues. Slowed down observations of the world over days, weeks and months at 10 to 15 miles an hour can reveal a depth and quality of understanding about our environment often missed by faster modes of travel.

Glacier to Seattle, Post 3

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This will be a short post. I'm relaxing in the David Motel Lodge outside Ellsworth, WI.

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It has been raining off and on for days, but today the sky began to clear. The sun came out in the afternoon and the temperature hit 88 degrees. I made good time, and expect to get to Minneapolis tomorrow. You might enjoy checking out my road cycling activity on Garmin Connect.

However, I had to reroute myself several times because the Chippewa River bike trail has been washed out in many places.  

 Looking west at an underpass on the Chippewa Falls Bike Trail.

Looking west at an underpass on the Chippewa Falls Bike Trail.

 Looking east at an underpass on the Chippewa Falls Bike Trail.

Looking east at an underpass on the Chippewa Falls Bike Trail.

 Looking west away from the underpass. 

Looking west away from the underpass. 

 Another shot of the swollen Chippewa River.  

Another shot of the swollen Chippewa River.  

A local gricery store manager told me that 15 inches of rain fell on Saturday night in Durand, WI, so I checked it out. 

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He was right. Four days later Durand is still flooded by the swollen Chippewa River.

In spite of the challenges, I am warm, dry, well fed, and just finished a very, very good beer. Earlier today I was reminded of a quote by EB White:

"Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day.

But if we forget to savor the world, what reason do we possibly have for saving it? In a way, the savoring must come first".

Thanks for reading. More to come. 

Glacier to Seattle, Post 4

Glacier to Seattle, Post 2