"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

June 17, 2011

June 17, 2011

Ah, screw it. I'm going to do the Mpls.-Fargo-Grand Rapids bike tour anyway. On a 6 year old, Walmart bike. The worst that can happen is that something vital will break (hopefully not in mid-ride). If that happens, I just get to the next town, grab the important stuff off the bike, junk the bike, and take a Greyhound bus home. I am going to replace my stolen bike with a proper touring bike eventually. But, I'm waiting for REI to have one of their 20% off sales. That probably won't happen until October or March.

Almost a week!

Also, I'm still smoke free! Day five was unbelievably difficult. Only one thing got me through that day. I don't want to go through the whole nicotine withdrawal process again. I came across one tip that helped me quite a bit. Cut a straw down to the length of a cigarette and hold/puff on it like you would a cigarette. I know there's no tobacco or  nicotine in it. But my body is so used to that action that it seems to relax me.


Ferd said...

I'm glad about two things: the bike ride, and your being smoke-free for so long!
Simply having the desire to quit, and making the effort, are huge steps in the right direction!
(Not being judgmental, just can't stop being a doctor and an encouraging friend!)

Berryvox said...

Oh, if I didn't smoke myself, I'd be one of the worst anti-smokers around. So, I totally understand the anti-smoking sentiment. I slipped back into smoking but it seems like I can go longer without a cigarette. So, at least it helped me to cut down.