Chapter 8: David and Frosty's Excellent Adventure–Bicycling the Continental Divide

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Feature Article by Frosty Wooldridge
"Bears are made of the same dust as we, and breathe the same winds and drink the same waters. A bear's days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are over-domed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart-pulsings like ours, and was poured from the same First Fountain. And whether he at last goes to our stingy heaven or not, he has terrestrial immortality.  His life not long, not short, knows no beginning, no ending. To him life unstinted, unplanned, is above the accidents of time, and his years, markless and boundless, equal Eternity." John Muir 1871

"That profound statement by Muir resonates in me because because he understood that animals never know when they might die.  They never think about their own mortality.  They live each day as an eternity because it's only the 'moment' that counts for them.

"I feel the same way on a bicycle ride, whether a day ride or a long tour across a c
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