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.

Southern Tier, Post 45

Southern Tier, Post 45

Day 50, Post 45, Quincy, FL to Monticello, FL. This will be a light post. I only cycled about 50 miles today, after not sleeping so well last night. I spent most of the morning getting through Tallahassee, which reminded me a lot of eastern Florida - lots of cars, sporadically bike friendly roads mixed among terrifying traffic, no people walking anywhere, and lots of shopping malls. Outside of urban areas, the Florida panhandle remains pretty and green. I am beginning to notice more horse ranches in addition to farms, which a local tells me are made up primarily of either pecan orchards or cotton farms. Monticello is an attractive town, with rich landmark buildings - an elegant main street of large beautiful homes, and a wonderfully situated county courthouse as a central square - except it's a circle. The town looks like a much better endowed place than Quincy, where I spent last night - and yet the average family income is about $10k less per annum, which tells me that at first glance it is hard to know much of anything about anything.

So, of course, we must all look beyond what seems obvious because real truths lie deeper. Such is the work of true observation. And we must resist jumping to conclusions. Studies show most of us overestimate our intuition, and we are wrong about many things far more often than we actually realize. ...All of which brings us to our strange moment in international affairs. I miss restraint and thoughtfulness, and I fear for the "bold" actions our government has taken recently. I hope the outcomes are positive in the long run, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

Check out my road cycling activity on Garmin Connect.
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1675750336

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Pic 1, The road out of Quincy this morning.

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Pic 2, Southern end of Lake Miccosukee.

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Pic 3, Possum road kill.

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Pic 4, County courthouse in Monticello.

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Pic 5, I agree with this sentiment, but probably not for the same reasons. Did you see this? NYTimes: The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/opinion/sunday/the-evangelical-roots-of-our-post-truth-society.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

More to come,

Michael

Southern Tier, Post 46

Southern Tier, Post 46

Southern Tier, Post 44

Southern Tier, Post 44