19 June 2018
CD
04:55
Charles DiBella
04:55
Insect hotel ...
04:55
A pathway along a canal in Belgium ...
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04:56
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TM
07:01
Thida Prak Mada
Feeling so peaceful
20 June 2018
CD
06:46
Charles DiBella
-- Sleep Tuesday June 19 --

First night in France.
About 25 kilometers from Calais tunnel station.

Vieux Chemin de Loon
https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.985245&lon=2.1740148&z=15

Back on the road at 9:30 am ... fighting strong headwinds all the way into Calais.

Arrived Calais 2:45 pm
06:47
Entering France
06:47
Entering France
06:48
5 € - 2 liters
06:48
I think it means 'no dumping'
06:52
Belgians are a cold, unfriendly, and apparently xenophobic people. Touring though Belgium makes you appreciate being in a country and among a culture that is openly friendly toward strangers. Sorry, but that's the truth.

It's not as if they are rude and disrespectful, as are the Italians, rather Belgians simply seem dead, except for their blank stares.

They say people are the same wherever you go. In some respects that's true, but in other ways, a people and culture can be very different.

In all my worldly experience and travels as a lowly, wandering cyclist, Cambodians still rank as the friendliest, most welcoming people on earth.

Could it be that recent memories of war and famine can instill humility and generosity in a people?

When the wounds of war begin to heal, with each passing generation, the horror of dis-harmony and dis-unity slowly fades away.

France has a different feel to it, a different architecture, a different infrastructure, as does each country.

At first glance, Germany appears to have the most wealth and engineering abilities. Italy has the newest cars and big boy toys. Czech and eastern Germany seem to be the most sensible, practical, courteous.

France also has an issue with speeding motorbikes sharing the bicycle and walking paths with cyclists and trekers.

On the other hand, I for receive nods of acknowledgment that I exist from some passing cyclists, and so a nod is returned with a friendly smile and nod back.
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10:50
Charles DiBella
France has a lousy bicycle infrastructure.
CD
12:19
Charles DiBella
Looks like I have little choice but to sleep here.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.937454&lon=1.8192291&z=18
12:28
Have been charging and updating at a McDonalds nearby. Going offline soon to setup camp for the night.

Tomorrow I need to find a solution for crossing the English channel.
21 June 2018
CD
00:49
Charles DiBella
camp ...
CD
02:47
Charles DiBella
12:30 pm Saturday is earliest booking for a ticket through the euro tunnel, but not yet confirmed.


... now confirmed.
CD
08:05
Charles DiBella
Lunch at a cemetery. Cemeteries are good for filling water bottles and finding peace.

Chemin Rouge Cambre,
Coquelles

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.91959&lon=1.799361&z=14
08:06
300 grams of cheese, 1.40 € ... 200 grams of salami, 0.89 € ... beer was free ... found ten bottles in the bushes near McDonald's ...
22 June 2018
CD
04:45
Charles DiBella
-- Sleep Thursday June 21 --

At the corner edge of a cemetery. There are water faucets there for washing clothes and taking a bath.

Avenue des Longues Pieces,
Coquelles

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.919987&lon=1.7996378&z=19

No one bothers me at cemeteries because everyone there is dead.

Washed pants and shirt at the cemetery this morning. Had to be very discrete. Several people came and left while I was there.

Only couples, sometimes individuals. Mostly only elderly people visit cemeteries.
04:47
Camping every night since April 15th ... no bed or shower since leaving Albania ...
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05:28
Charles DiBella
Charging and using wifi at McDonald's. Get used soda cup from trash, wash it out, fill it with water.

Waiting for bus to UK through the euro tunnel ... 23 hours to go.
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12:13
Charles DiBella
New requirement to carry - a universal spoke wrench. I should have learned to true a wheel long ago, but never really tried. Was quoted 25 € to do the work in Belgium (or was it Netherlands?). Way too much for a few turns of a wrench - less than ten minutes.

Every tour cyclists must carry a spoke wrench and practice truing up a wheel. I should have learned and done this back in Czech when the loose spoke problem first appeared. Lesson learned.
12:13
True-ing up the rear wheel, finally ...
23 June 2018
CD
02:17
Charles DiBella
-- Sleep June 22 Friday --
.
Same as last night. I am about 300 meters from the perimeter of the tunnel entrance complex.

The tunnel entrance is a huge complex surrounded by a security fence as like a prison, or national security border.

Police patrol the perimeter in vehicles and on foot with dogs. They have seen me here and there, but just pass me by ... gray haired elderly Caucasian male with French made touring bicycle (Peugeot) ... looking more like an adventuresome local and not suspicious at all.

I suppose the tunnel is a terrorist target, and that's why it's so heavily protected and patrolled. Refugees also are probably looking for opportunities to catch or steal a ride into the UK.

The tunnel is not only for motor vehicles, but also trains pass through in and out continually.

Passing through the tunnel means leaving the European Union Schenzen Zone, and I have just about used up my 90 day stay in the zone.

I can see the tunnel perimeter security fence from my campsite. At night there are extremely bright lights illuminating the perimeter, but I am out of the range of these lights.

There are also small aircraft patrolling overhead, but I don't think the use infrared sensors because they haven't found me for three nights. Or maybe they've just missed me. Infrared sensing from aircraft is such a common technology, I don't see why they wouldn't be using it.

I think I'm on private property or public lands, but tunnel security vehicles patrol ands pass by here, and I'm sure they have jurisdiction.

The sun is still out, and will set soon, about 9:30 pm. There is a half moon in the sky. Rabbits everywhere and slight chemtrails are scattered through the sky.

While in Czech and Germany the days and nights were warm. Since leaving Germany, and especially since entering France, it's been pretty cold, enough to need an additional shirt.
02:18
tunnel complex perimeter, setting sun, and half moon as seen from my campsite. Leaving France tomorrow ... will return in 2 or 3 months to continue onto Spain and Portugal.
02:30
Tunnel bus leaves in 2 hours.

Today is a bit warmer.
CD
10:10
Charles DiBella
Problem -

Held in at UK customs in detention for 4 hours.

Just released ...
10:14
Fingerprinted .... interrogated ... held for 4 hours .... in the end, everything okay ... free to go ...

Did not search my bike or access my phone data.

They were very kind.

Free meals, drinks .... treated with respect all the time.

They could not believe a man could be so free to travel as I do.

Wanted to be sure I wasn't going to stay in the UK or work there.
10:28
First problem -

Bus did not show up at 12:30 pm as reservered ...

Waited 'till 1:00 pm then went to the tunnel information station.

Finally had bus arrangements to cross at 1:50 pm ....

Before entering tunnel, had to pass through UK immigration.

That's where I was detained ... by UK immigration officers.

They took my phone when they sent me to the detention room.

I wish I could have taken photos to show you ...
10:30
Now it is 6:30 pm and they are trying to rearrange my ride through the tunnel.

No solution as yet ... still in France at UK immigration check point ... waiting for them to find a solution on how I will cross through the tunnel.
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11:07
Charles DiBella
Detained for questioning ...
11:07
The bus ... before being detained at UK immigration (on the French side of the tunnel).
11:08
Nice bus ...
11:08
Packed my bike nicely.

Had high hopes at this point.

But then, problems ...
11:09
Tunnel promo poster ...
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11:35
Charles DiBella
Have been informed a ride is arranged at 9 pm, one and one half hours from now.

Will arrive in the UK after dark, which potentially poses a problem for finding a campsite.
11:36
They have given me a snack box while I wait.

260 grams tuna salad, applesauce, chips, cookie ...

So kind, generous and thoughtful.
11:44
Hard to believe ...
11:44
They are bringing a sandwich and bottle of water as well.

Never would this happen at any USA government agency.

A person would be billed for everything.
11:53
High security area ...
11:56
Water, sandwich, cookie, chips, and an apology for my detention.

Looks like they went out special to buy it ...

I have been very impressed with their concern for my well-being all along the way.
12:08
I told them I was blogging about my experiences, so maybe they wanted to be sure to make a good impression.
24 June 2018
CD
11:13
Charles DiBella
In the tunnel transport van, just after 9 pm. I'm going to do a whole webpage on this tunnel experience.
11:15
The ride through the tunnel was uneventful, although I had an interesting conversation with the driver, who collects antiques and has an eBay store.

Trucks and automobiles do not drive through the tunnel, only trains.

Motor vehicles drive onto a long trainman parked end to end, and the trains transport all vehicles through the tunnel, both eastbound and westbound.

I arrived in UK just as it began to grow dark.
11:17
Through the process I was interrogated by three different agents, with the first passing me up to a higher level agent, and the second doing the same.

The first two agents could not fit me in to any of their standard visitor profiles, as my answers to their questions never matched what the lower level agents expected or wanted to hear.

The third agent was apparently the highest level next to the commander (he wore two stars on his shoulder lapels).

With him I told my whole story beginning with my work in Cambodia, rather than just answer stock questions thrown at me.

He listened, took notes, spoke to his superior, and agreed I was very unusual and fortunate to live such a free and unhindered lifestyle.

So in the end all worked out, because although I'm unusual, I had nothing to hide and was truthful all the way.

They were concerned that I might stay in the UK, try to find work and|or claim benefits.

Little do they understand is that the last thong I would want for myself is to be employed, bound to a location, or dependent upon a state.

Being truthful can often pose a problem for free agents such as myself, because I don't fit easily into any specific mold, so security agents are confused, don't know what to do but pass me up to a higher command and let them decide rather than jeopardize their careers.

Now I have been granted a 6 month tourist visa for the UK.
11:22
11:24
-- Sleep June 23 Saturday --

First night in UK.
New time zone.
Tent up ay 11 pm.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=51.103443&lon=1.0707171&z=18
11:24
On the road at 7 am (new time zone).

British people are very welcoming.

I was up early and riding, so I wanted to stop to dry out my tent and tarps.

I stopped in a town park here ...

Historic ruins

https://osmand.net/go?lat=51.065727&lon=0.8568907&z=17

Set up my tent and spread out my tarps in the sun.

I sat on a park bench and brewed two cups of coffee.

I intentionally made eye contact with several passers by to test their reaction.

All were friendly and greeted me with 'good morning' with some making additional kind comments.

Many joggers and dog walkers of all ages, and no glances of distrust, disdain or suspicion.

It seemed there was nothing unusual about having an overnight camper in their town park, as that's how I appeared, but I really didn't sleep there.

My first impressions of the UK are very positive, and even the incident with border immigration yesterday was handled with courtesy and grace.

Stopped along the way to ask a random householder to fill my water bottle.

Short pleasant conversation and he gave me a chocolate bar too.

Seems UK countryside is as I remember it from before.

Everything this up, down and around the bend.

Since it takes five times as long to climb a hill than to speed down one, most of the day is spent grinding your way up hills on narrow roads with two way traffic.

The drivers are courteous enough, and you ride and drive on the left in the UK.

Nothing flat and|or nothing straight, unless you're following a canal.

No benches or tables along the way, unless you happen upon a town park, which is rare.

UK is not a biker's paradise, unless you enjoy this sort of cycling terrain.

The forests are nice, when they're accessible.
11:29
Free books ....
11:29
Phone Booth conversion ...
11:29
Another conversion idea ....
25 June 2018
CD
09:16
Charles DiBella
09:23
Same storage bin ... more organized ... brewing coffee ... room to sit and sleep.
CD
11:43
Charles DiBella
How do they make money?
Who sponsors them?
11:44
Seem to have good societal aims.
11:44
Marketing display of services.
11:44
Store front youth information booth.
11:45
Sponsored by Lloyd's Bank?

Lloyd's of London?
11:48
Civic duty, civic pride, flag ceremonies ... nation, patriotism.
11:48
Some free advice.
No drugs necessary.
11:48
Free food.
No worries for anyone.
Everyone fat and happy.
11:48
Free biscuits ... that is great ... I would go just for that. How many youth will show up?
26 June 2018
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02:55
Charles DiBella
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Waterways of UK
03:00
Eurovelo network
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09:28
Charles DiBella
I am on Route 21, in Heathfield, between Royal Tunbridge Wells and Hailsham.

Considering going south to less hilly grounds and to the coast to explore along the ocean.
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18:29
Thavry
Have a fun and safe journey.
28 June 2018
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16:21
Charles DiBella
16:24
2 July 2018
CD
05:05
Charles DiBella
A bridge railing along the Cuckoo trail ...
05:06
Directions to my campsite below.
05:09
For a cool evening ride, leave Heathfield 7 to 8 pm

Go to Horam, staying on the Cuckoo Trail ....

Go past Horebeech Lane bridge, the notice the Caution sign (photo above).

Proceed a very short 200 meters down the Cuckoo trail.

Notice footpaths on right and left (photo below).

Be careful, the trail is so beautiful you can easily overlook the sign for the footpath.

Take the western footpath meaning, turn right.

Walk your bike through the gate
and along the path to the bridge (photo below).

Best time, late June,
8:15 pm dry weather

Bring mosquito repellent.

From the bridge
proceed 50 meters
camp under the two giant oaks
enjoy the sunset

A man named Peter walks in the morning.
05:10
Notice the sign for the footpaths.
05:11
Walk with your bike along the path to this bridge.
05:12
Make yourself at home under the two oak trees ...
05:13
Enjoy lovely peaceful nature and a beautiful sunset.
05:14
The Cuckoo trail is a little recognized national and community treasure.
05:15
It needs work, maintenance and improvements, but it's great as it is ...
05:16
An old, difficult to read informational posting along the way.
3 July 2018
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04:42
Charles DiBella
Repairing a puncture at the Heathfield fire station.
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06:19
Charles DiBella
Benches and tables are designed to be used with a large rain tarp to become a one person rain shelter.
06:19
Another bench-table shelter design.
06:21
Simplicity and functionality.
06:23
Very scenic tunnels and bridges.
06:24
A table beneath a bridge.
5 July 2018
CD
12:00
Charles DiBella
Tesco
Hailsham
Along the Cuckoo trail.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.86462&lon=0.2567625&z=17
6 July 2018
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07:39
Charles DiBella
Cuckoo trail wood carvings ...
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13:55
Charles DiBella
Brexhill by the Sea ... near Hastings, but smaller, cleaner, quieter ....
7 July 2018
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00:05
Charles DiBella
Antisocial behavior posting .... Hastings ...
00:05
Stairs with a rail for pushing your bike ...
00:05
Homeless are tolerated here in Hastings ... I interviewed one fellow ...
00:06
Many visible homeless by the sea at 6:30 am ...
00:06
Railroad cars up the hill to Hastings Castle ...
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03:02
Charles DiBella
One £ equals 1.40 usd ... this is why I began brewing my own coffee since Italy ...
03:04
Hastings by the sea ...
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07:52
Charles DiBella
Puncture ... rear tire worn out ... need to (must) buy new tires ... 60£ ... 80 usd ... Schwalbe Marathon .... could use cash in ABA account ....
08:00
Front ....
08:00
Rear ...
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09:41
Charles DiBella
I was riding on 35 cm ... these are 38 cm ....
09:41
52 £ or about 75 usd ...
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10:57
Charles DiBella
I bet you are all happy I have new tires now, because I'm happy about having them.

These are Schwalbe's best puncture proof lined ...

I believe it's a good low price too ...

I changed the tires myself ... one and a half hour job ... tight fit with the rear fender and rack.
8 July 2018
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04:33
Charles DiBella
Eastbourne to Hastings ... along the coast ... slept at this vista point, no tent, under the stars.
04:33
Row houses in the distance ...
TM
04:33
Thida Prak Mada
So good 😊
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04:33
Charles DiBella
Pastorial scene .... with meandering river to Seven Sisters chalk cliffs ...
04:33
Curious sheep ...
04:35
Brits are proud of their beef ....
04:36
Sheep on the bikeway ...
04:36
Chalk cliffs ...
04:36
Closer shot of chalk cliffs ...
04:38
An old mossy pier ....
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12:45
Charles DiBella
Approaching Brighton .... an old rusty boat.
12:45
Brighton ... too many for me people already.
12:45
Brighton sea side ... many Londoners come here for sun, sea, and fresh air, I guess.
12:46
A vista shot with above.
12:46
Back in Thailand ....
9 July 2018
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10:07
Charles DiBella
10:08
Reading old tombstones ...

Peace Perfect Peace
10:09
Patient in suffering
Peaceful in death
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12:33
Charles DiBella
Many very interesting discoveries in the UK along the southern coast.
12:33
A place to sit, read, study and even lay down and sleep. Nice curves that fit a reclining human body.
12:33
Another angle toward sea side.
TM
20:00
Thida Prak Mada
wow so beautiful
10 July 2018
CD
07:35
Charles DiBella
07:37
Zoom in ... people everywhere.
07:43
City center ...
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09:29
Charles DiBella
Charging phone & free wifi at
Tesco Extra

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.834396&lon=-0.8006072&z=19
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09:56
Charles DiBella
As is everywhere, in all nations and among all cultures, along with the good comes the not so good.

I've had some very pleasant and extended conversations with many people in the UK, from homeless, to drug dealers, to the retired, disabled and elderly, and the rather aristocratic.

Generally speaking, people are warm and friendly, and open to conversation through chance encounters.

I've been given gifts of food, money, and more, and invited for a home cooked meal.

At the same time, there is an element among the youth that can be especially vile, vicious and condescending, with little to no respect for elders.

Most drivers are considerate, but I've run into a few who feel they have an obligation to teach others lessons for appropriate behavior.

There seems to be a high proportion of elderly, disabled, mentally and-or emotionally handicapped, as well as many immigrants and foreigners.

Many I've spoken with don't especially like their life here, and I have a sense that many are in some way receiving benefits from the government.

CCTV cameras are everywhere, watching the streets and the public, making this a classic big brother society.

With English as my native language, it's been much easier to socialize here than elsewhere, and of course this fact plays into my perceptions.

Overall, I feel it's a friendly and courteous, but troubled society.
10:07
Food prices can be comparable to prices in the EU, but there is a wide range of price differences between several popular grocery stores.

Marked down and dated merchandise can be especially low priced, but one must search for such items at specific times and at specific stores.

One must put some effort into shopping around in order to find the best prices, but it's possible to live in the UK on a very low budget.

Restaurants and lodging are way out of my budget.
11 July 2018
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07:29
Charles DiBella
Not for vegetarians ... incredible deal at 75% off ...
07:29
First campfire in the UK ... the fire is not so near the tent to be a danger.

Perimeter is always cleared of debris and fires are small, short lived, only for cooking and not heat.
07:30
Food not for vegans ... fire and smoke also clears the area of mosquitoes and flying insects.

Must always first consider wind direction, and I always put a stone or metal ring around the fire.
07:30
Lunch and coffee break ....
07:31
Never saw or heard of a nerf gun until now - but I've seen these soft foam discards in the EU as well.

https://www.google.com/search?q=nerf+gun
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10:14
Charles DiBella
Big building blocks for building a solid house ... no manufacturers in Cambodia, yet.

Can be moved and put into place with a pallet loader.
10:14
One half and three quarters sizes available ... I envision a lighter 'half-weight' version, with a foam core.
12 July 2018
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03:40
Charles DiBella
Very quiet forested area ... along the Meon coast ...
03:40
A cottage in a township called Meon ...

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.828316&lon=-1.2484717&z=13
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07:20
Charles DiBella
Dog ownership is a big pastime here, with many owning 'rescue dogs', that is, homeless dogs shipped here from foreign countries.

Emergency services is another big industry, with sirens and emergency vehicles in abundance.

Generally, people are friendly and welcoming to strangers, but only on a superficial level.

Free wifi is easy to find at Lloyd's banks, Barclay's banks, Tesco markets, and many other retailers.

Phone charging can be a challenge, but not so difficult.

Public restrooms, outdoor showers and water taps are readily found along the coast.

Some towns and villages will have public restrooms near the center or within a large public park.

I often find peace and quiet, along with a bench to sit upon within cemeteries, of which there seem to be many.

For the most part, no one walks their dog in a cemetery, nor do they speak loudly, play music, or smoke tobacco.

Spending time in cemeteries reminds us where we're all going sooner or later, and I feel it's a good thing to remind ourselves regularly of this fact.

So many people die young, so be glad you're living to a ripe old age.

Youthfulness has it's benefits, but it is highly overrated in today's society.
07:21
Before you jump ....
07:21
A boat ...
13 July 2018
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07:13
Charles DiBella
Eatable mushroom?
Looks okay, smells okay ... but how does one know?
07:14
Some very beautiful old growth forest ... very liveable environment ....

Anderwood Inclosure

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.859425&lon=-1.6587853&z=15
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Charles DiBella
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Canal and waterways network in UK ...
09:28
Considering taking bike route 25 from here up to Bath to get on the canal network.
14 July 2018
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02:45
Charles DiBella
Bike route 25 is nice ... deer ahead.
02:45
Parts of the route - a rails to trails ...
02:45
15 July 2018
PS
01:27
Panha Suon
Charles,

@tellsela Sela has improved a lot especially with his self-discipline. He now sands table edges with close to perfect circular motion.

Sanding lesson does remind us a lot of you.
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14:10
Charles DiBella
Not a lot of pressure is needed ...
14:11
But you need good quality clean sandpaper.
14:13
Along the bikeway ...
14:13
Closer ....
14:13
Sounds serious ....
14:13
Up from the Atlantic coast to the canal system near Bath.
14:13
Beautiful vista along the way ...
14:13
Along the bike way ....
14:13
Approaching closer ....
14:13
At this point I should have turn right. Set off alarms and security came ....
14:14
Beautiful oak tree .... very big
14:14
Along the canal near Bath ...
14:14
Odd water fountain ....
14:14
Been up to Bath and through Bristol ...
16 July 2018
02:47
Close up of an archway in the old ruins above.
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11:05
Charles DiBella
What does it mean?
11:05
Low tide ...
11:14
Portishead, UK,
a somewhat tolerable little town. Been here one day, but ready to move on. Bristol and Bath were intolerable. I prefer small coastal towns, it seems.

https://www.google.com/search?q=portishead+uk&tbm=isch
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13:56
Charles DiBella
Clevedon UK
13:57
Me and my bike.
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18:25
Thavry
You look healthy.
17 July 2018
R
03:58
Rithy
Take a good look of yourself
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15:33
Charles DiBella
15:33
18 July 2018
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Charles DiBella
Bike route signs
02:04
Wide view of above
02:04
Wood chairs
19 July 2018
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06:33
Charles DiBella
Canal lock
20 July 2018
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09:51
Charles DiBella
Ethanol - 1 liter

Fuel for brewing coffee and tea each morning ....
09:51
Very costly in UK
09:51
Bike route along canal
09:51
Prettiest bitch?
09:51
Some Brits are quite patronizing, with a deep seated need to instruct strangers in rules, proper behaviour and protocol.

---

Dog rant (caution) -

There is no question Brits love their dogs.

With Mega stores dedicated to selling supplies and accoutrements, we see no end to dogs leading people along paths and in fields, with the people right behind cleaning up after them, or not, whichever the case may be.

One can't help to wonder whether they speak to their children in the same manner and tone as they speak to their dogs, or the other way around.

The dogs are not so vicious as they are in some countries and cultures, but as with most all dogs, they are a nuisance just the same, in spite of how dog lover's feel about the matter.

Pets are a diversion, a replacement for something else that's missing in life.

Pets offer security and companionship when none can be found elsewhere in the right measure.

Pouring money into pet ownership each month for supplies and medical treatments is good for the general economy as well.

In societies based primarily on leisure and retirement, pet ownership fills an important emotional and even spiritual need.

With the world today being in the state that it is, to show kindness and compassion to domesticated animals can go a long way toward this end, so it is believed.

Not to be accused of disliking dogs or lacking compassion, but the world has grown fanatical with dog ownership, just as it has become fanatical with spectator sports.

Do I see a profit motive? Indeed I do, but not for the dog owner who is led about.

One hundred years ago, a dog may have been a necessity on a farm, but today, pet ownership has grown into an obsession.
21 July 2018
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04:00
Charles DiBella
C J - tagging
04:00
Wider view - right and left
04:01
A 'snag' - majestic, beautiful

Snag (ecology)
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snag_(ecology)
04:01
This area is a sort of outdoor tree museum.
04:01
Many old, large, majestic trees.
04:01
I could do much better with a real camera - poor lighting.
04:02
A majestic home. I slept nearby, a rainy night.

Knightshayes Court
Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knightshayes_Court
04:02
Another angle, poor lighting.
04:02
Ruins of an old window arch.
04:02
04:13
04:14
Another large, well preserved snag.
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05:36
Charles DiBella
Charging at the library in Tiverton, in Devon county ....

Nice place for charging. Open wifi with no censorship.

Tiverton, Devon
Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiverton,_Devon
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Charles DiBella
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Charles DiBella
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22 July 2018
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Charles DiBella
British cows in the field ...
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Charles DiBella
Rock art in the Lowman river, Tiverton ...
04:34
Balancing rock art ...
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12:16
Charles DiBella
Life is not measured by the years that you live but by the love that you gave and the things that you did.
23 July 2018
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10:36
Charles DiBella
10:38
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12:11
Charles DiBella
I see this time and time again - this patronizing attitude Brits have to educate strangers in the rules of proper protocol.

I wondered to myself why it's not this way in the US and elsewhere.

I should think that in the US if one mouthed off to strangers the way they do here, chances are likely they'd find a gun in their face.
12:16
Many, many social problems in the UK ...
24 July 2018
CD
02:25
Charles DiBella
Abandoned house behind the Tiverton police station - camp 2 nights
CD
04:07
Charles DiBella
R
06:04
Rithy
Good looking
06:04
:)
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06:12
Thavry
you get longer hair than I last saw you in Czech!
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06:23
Tom
You skin looks very healthy Chas, glad to see that.
CD
06:55
Charles DiBella
A number of people here are violent, due to social, economic and sexual frustration, as well as nicotine, alcohol and other drug addictions.

A male driver, younger than me, actually go out of his car and socked me in the jaw for not behaving in traffic ...
06:55
as he would have wanted me.

It's funny, as I've never had anything like that happen in my life anywhere in the world.

I couldn't get my camera engaged fast enough to get his plate number, but have had several afterthoughts on how to deal with such situations in the future.

I have a slightly sore jaw and stiff neck, and he knocked my glasses off onto the street.

UK has several classes of people, and this sort doesn't appear all too rare.
06:56
There's a pattern of anger, frustration and violence in UK society, and this automobile culture is not much appreciative of the cyclist.

Most drivers, I'm sure, would prefer a world without cyclists.
CD
09:44
Charles DiBella
Luckily, guns are not everywhere here as in the USA.
25 July 2018
CD
04:36
Charles DiBella
Business center ... read the sign ... similar to our concept.
04:36
Fabulous natural area ... it's a paintball gaming area ....
04:37
Sun is setting now .... setting up camp.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.757168&lon=-3.5163512&z=18
04:37
Nice campsite .... restful night, relaxing morning.
CD
09:22
Charles DiBella
Bridge graffiti ...
09:23
Another cemetery scene ... cemeteries are a good place to fill water bottles, and sometimes they have a public restroom.
26 July 2018
CD
02:06
Charles DiBella
a footbridge counterweight ....
02:07
Homeless scene, Exeter Cathedral ... the church green, with City Bank in the background ... signs of many hard drug users here.
CD
09:02
Charles DiBella
Exeter - another city - emergency services are big business for cities - sirens on and off, all day long.

Fact of life for the modern city - not for me.
09:02
Tower in Exeter city ...
27 July 2018
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09:37
Charles DiBella
A turf ... sailboats in the background ... high tide.
09:38
Old church tower ...
09:39
Camp in old green woods ...
09:39
Notice the small food waste bin ...
09:40
Food waste collected separately ... commercial composting?
09:40
This on the plastic and paper recycling bins ...
09:40
Shoreline photo with train, tunnels, dock, cloudy day.
30 July 2018
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07:01
Charles DiBella
Rails to trails ... so scenic.
07:02
Lovely biking and hiking trail ...
07:02
Cemetery scene ... so tranquil ... lovely trees.
07:02
40 hours under a tree, beneath a tarp, in a tent, with rains coming down.

How does one remain content and comfortable?
07:02
Be prepared ... experience, know what you're doing, and have a book, maybe some food ... yes, plenty of food and water.
07:02
Hilly ride into Sidmouth ... Devonshire .... a clearer shot taken later that day down below.
07:02
This part of the world is called the Jurassic coast ... right now I need to dry out my things, and it's not too sunny either.
CD
09:53
Charles DiBella
UK is not on my list of best places to live.

As one elderly Brit gentleman explained, the elderly, the homeless, and cyclists are fast falling out of favor among the general population.

There seems to be great social frustration, economic, sexual, and otherwise.

Young people, not all, are the most ill behaved as any I've seen in the entire world.

Many of the young women literally dress and act as street whores.

Drivers, not all, believe they have authority over cyclists; they are impatient with strangers, visitors, and tourists, and quick to criticize.

On the surface, Brits can appear friendly and cordial, but one cannot trust appearances as chances are something may be brewing underneath.

UK comes in second to Italy for being among the worst places to visit as a bicycle tourist.

Czech Republic and East Germany rank as the best.
10:01
I'm looking forward to moving on from the UK, but to maximize my next stay in the EU, I must remain here another 8 weeks (or so).

Now I am considering moving on to France, Spain, and Portugal, and possibly Morocco before flying to the USA.

But, I could put this leg of the trip off and return to the USA earlier, flying out of London.

This would depend on finding a suitable place to winter in the USA.

I would prefer a quiet, secluded cabin in the wilderness, with a wood stove and drinking water at minimum.
10:05
Presently charging at a library in Sidmouth ... a town at the mouth of the river Sid, on the so called Jurassic Coast ... wet and cloudy outside ...

Sidmouth Library

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.68111&lon=-3.2386923&z=18
CD
10:38
Charles DiBella
PC's at the library ... look how small and compact they've become ... DVD slot and everything.
31 July 2018
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05:37
Charles DiBella
Jurassic coast looking onward east from Sidmouth ...
05:37
Sidmouth, UK
CD
07:02
Charles DiBella
So easy ... comes through like magic.

100.00 £ costs
139.83 $ usd
or about
0.72 £ = $ 1 usd
CD
09:11
Charles DiBella
Presently charging at the
Exmouth Public Library.

Exmouth is a lovely town at the mouth of the river Exe and the Exe estuary.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.621765&lon=-3.4109974&z=14
09:23
Considering a tour into Cornwall next ...
CD
10:14
Charles DiBella
Devon is quite nice ...
1 August 2018
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02:11
Charles DiBella
Old boat scene .... Executive estuary ...
02:11
Beautiful old tree ... under the setting sun.
02:23
https://t.me/joinchat/COCClUK7rO5b9tI0arzZRQ

This travelogue .... a private group (not public).
CD
08:41
Charles DiBella
Exeter Cathedral ....
2 August 2018
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06:10
Charles DiBella
Stone cross ...
06:11
R I P
06:11
Dates tell a story ... daughter dies at 14 years, mom dies at 45 years, exactly one month later. Dad dies at 60 exactly seven months later. Whole family gone in a flash.
06:11
Hills and pastures of Devonshire ...
06:11
Looking back to Exeter ... you can see the Exe estuary ...
06:11
Looks interesting .... let's do one in Cambodia some day.
06:11
St. Mary's church, Sticklepath
06:11
A little history ...
06:11
Inside ...
06:11
Place of peace, indeed.
4 August 2018
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10:15
Charles DiBella
St Thomas a Becket
Near Dartmoor National Park,
Sourton

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.693787&lon=-4.0743074&z=20
10:16
A labyrinth at the above church cemetery ...
10:16
Wild black raspberries are everywhere in the UK ...
10:16
unusually eerie trees ...
10:16
Many nice rails to trails scenes ...
10:16
The well equipped tour bike, for fully independent touring.
10:16
Just a lovely day, beautiful scenery, from Okehampton to Lyndale (rails to trails).
10:16
Czech tea ... my favorite.
10:16
Taking a break. Cheese is good fuel food.
10:16
The ride from Okehampton to Lyndale is quite majestic ... I camped in Lyndale at this site.

Okehampton could appear almost paradisical to a visiting stranger, if it weren't for the human population.
10:17
Probably too many photos of churches and church graveyards ...
10:17
But they're all quite scenic especially at sunset.
10:17
View from tent camp ... light rain that night.
10:17
Another unknown castle in the distance ... along the way ...
10:17
Self portrait ...
10:17
Prevailing wind direction from behind the tall trees ... this is a cow pasture. Cows did not appear until morning.
10:17
Best method for staying dry in heavy rain ... two points connected to barbed wire fence, two opposite points staked to the ground.
10:17
Very foggy, misty, high humidity, after sunset. Polysil tarp, cheap tent. Bike is protected as well.
5 August 2018
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05:48
Charles DiBella
Gilbert Monument
Bodmin

Nothing spectacular. Monument to a local deceased war general. Notice steel reinforcement.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.46529&lon=-4.724121&z=17
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10:10
Charles DiBella
There is great anger and frustration among middle aged, middle class men in the UK.

As an international tour cyclist, a person can observe a wide range of different behaviours among different drivers of different cultures and nations.

In a way, as a tour cyclist, you're in a unique position on the front line of society, as all sorts of people drive automobiles, while an automobile gives an otherwise placid person a sense of power and security.

The tour cyclist, being much less powerful and very vulnerable, can read much into the behaviours of the motorist.

UK is a very sick society; not all, mind you, but enough to make it the sort of place I'd rather not live, or even visit again for that matter.

Aside from the natural beauty and historical charm, there are much better places in the world.

The UK is highly overrated.
6 August 2018
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03:20
Charles DiBella
Ruins of an old church in Bodmin.

St Petroc's Church, Bodmin

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.47141&lon=-4.716804&z=22
03:24
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09:34
Charles DiBella
Fermented apple cider is popular. This is a low price brand, but not the cheapest. High priced brand can be very good. 568 ml (pint), 4.5% alcohol, 1.20 usd at the grocery store (0.85 £).
7 August 2018
CD
02:24
Charles DiBella
Cornwall district is much more rural and remote than others.

It's rather isolated in the southwest corner of England, a peninsula bordering only Devon to the east, and the sea.

The native people are Cornish, many with reddish hair, and Celtic as well.

Some natives don't feel as a part of England, considering Cornwall as it's own country, as Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.

Some internet facts -

1.  Cornwall is the most southwest county of Great Britain, extending into the sea as a peninsula. 

2. The name Cornwall originates from the words “Cornovii” and “Waelas,” meaning hill dwellers and strangers.

3.  Cornwall boasts the longest coastline in Great Britain.

4.  The population of the county is 535,300.

5.  Truro is the only city in Cornwall.

6.  Compared to the rest of Britain, Cornwall has relatively warm and sunny weather.

7.  Cornwall and its beaches attract more than 5 million visitors a year.

8.  There are more than 75,000 cows in Cornwall.

9.  In the 1900’s, half of the world’s tin came from Cornwall.

10.  A team of bakers from Bodmin, Cornwall, hold the record for baking the biggest Cornish pasty.

11.  The villages of Newquay and Porthtowan are popular destinations for surfers.

12.  Cornwall is famous for their cream teas. 

13.  The current Duchess of Cornwall is Camilla, wife of Charles, Prince of Wales.

14.  Cornwall has a vibrant folk music tradition.

15.  Several types of beer are brewed in Cornwall, including stouts and ales.
CD
02:39
Charles DiBella
Another reflection of the health of a society can be seen through the behaviour of young children in public, and the manner in which parents attempt to manage ill behaviour.

UK is a very permissive society.

Many children scream, rant and behave as they please in public, while parental discipline is non effective, consisting mainly of a few kind and gentle words.

One can only wonder what life is like behind closed doors.
CD
02:54
Charles DiBella
Food prices at the grocery store can be very low, but there are some tricks to finding low prices.

Different local brands can be found at different retailers, so a shopper must compare.

Most retailers now offer daily fresh baked food and sandwiches.

At various times at the end of the day, such foods can be marked down tremendously.

It seems each individual store (even among chains) has its own policy for when such goods are put out, and the percentage discount offered.

But generally, I would say the smart and frugal shopper could get by very well with a little effort.

On the other hand, I would say the average shopper ends up paying more for groceries in the UK than they would in the EU.

Brits have their passions for teas, cakes, ice cream, beer, liquors and more, and for many, price seems to be no object.
03:02
Elderly Brits, or in general let's say those over 50, can be very cordial and agreeable.

They seem to truly enjoy exchanging greetings and engaging in light conversation with strangers.

Many among the younger folks appear quite different, as if they are preoccupied, reserved, afraid.

Others among the younger generation appears completely out of control, without social grace or good manners.

All among the older generation appear very cordial and socially refined.
TM
03:09
Thida Prak Mada
Miss you teacher!
CD
08:54
Charles DiBella
Bodmin in Cornwall ...

An isolated little place way off in the southwest corner of the UK ... but with great trails.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodmin
8 August 2018
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05:47
Charles DiBella
I've been sleeping here for the past few nights and will describe the scene.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.484756&lon=-4.7440586&z=16
05:55
This is a small pine forest with unique and ideal features.

There are larger old growth trees among many smaller trees, most all of the same species.
05:57
Judging from the graphic below, these may be Sitka Spruce ....
06:00
06:06
Many years of old needles falling to the ground, together with a soft green moss, makes for soft, comfortable bedding.
06:08
Using hedge clippers, I cleared out a cavity among the smaller trees.

It's nearly impossible to see my camp without being almost on top of it, and I'm far enough from any trail or road.
06:13
My hedge clippers ... an essential tool for stealth camping.
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06:13
Charles DiBella
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Charles DiBella 15.06.2018 03:20:30
Hedge trimmers .... 1.75 € ....
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06:13
Charles DiBella
With a clearing and a relatively flat area, I've spread out my tent as a ground cloth.

There are few insects as they don't live long in a sappy pine forest, but did notice a small brown field mouse.
06:18
No need to setup the tent, as the tarp fly alone will suffice.

A light rain and mist falls at night, but the tree cover is so dense, very little moisture reaches me.
06:24
I have heard three or more species of birds, and possibly a deer.

There also may be a disincarnate spirit in this wooded area as I was awakened at 3:30 am by a strange sound and dream.

Three knocks in succession, kind of similar to an axe hitting a tree ... this happen twice.

The dream was one of those where you could not tell if you are awake or sleeping until you wake up and realize that it was a dream.

The dream - a small wolf, I believe a female, came to snuggle up against my neck and chest ... I was not happy with this intrusion so I fought the wolf off ... then I awoke.

I will need to look into this matter a bit more tonight.

Sleeping outside without an enclosure, even a simple enclosure such as a tent, leaves one feeling vulnerable at times.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reportedly_haunted_locations_in_the_United_Kingdom
CD
10:43
Charles DiBella
Supposed to be haunted ...
Bodmin Jail
Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodmin_Jail
10:43
Forgotten graveyard overrun by wild black raspberry bushes ...

People seem to forget their dead ancestors after a couple hundred years.
CD
11:13
Charles DiBella
There's an old native American tale that says for every action we take we should be considering the ramifications of the action seven generations into the future.

It seems well before seven generations we forget our ancestors.

I wonder what graveyards will look like 200 years from now.

Cremation may become mandatory all over the world.

Of what use are cemeteries except as a park, to have a picnic, enjoy nature, but no one wants to do that in a cemetery.

In Cambodia, plant trees, construct an arboretum, dedicate one whole hectare to become a sculptured parkland.

Seven generations from now, the people *might* be thankful, but there's no guarantee.
9 August 2018
CD
09:13
Charles DiBella
Above: British approach to youth discipline ... politely give notice.

American approach: Armed police move in unexpectedly and bust everyone they possibly can for the smallest offense possible.
09:18
British approach goes nowhere - kids laugh at it and continue with their antics just to be spiteful.

American approach is more effective in the short term, but for the long term, think gun violence and school shootings.
10 August 2018
CD
02:38
Charles DiBella
For those who live and roam the streets by day and by night, the same opportunities and resources are available to everyone.

It comes down to a matter of keeping out of trouble, taking good care of yourself and your few belongings, knowing what's necessary and what's not, and knowing how to get what you need.
CD
02:55
Charles DiBella
The street survivor and the urban warrior is a lone wolf by nature, admired by a few, feared by most, ignored by many, a curious oddity set apart from the rest.
11 August 2018
CD
06:18
Charles DiBella
Islamo-phobia = fear of Islam.

Nothing against Islam, but since when is fear a crime?

Paranoid people have rights too, but this is the UK.

I'd like to read the law.
12 August 2018
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01:39
Charles DiBella
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06:58
Charles DiBella
St.Breock Church

13th century church and graveyard ... very impressive setting ....

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.510235&lon=-4.854498&z=15
06:59
The old organ ... too dark?
13 August 2018
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02:21
Charles DiBella
Raining, waiting in an old train tunnel along the Camel trail.
02:22
Morning scene, Padstow, Cornwall
02:22
A house on a hill, Padstow, Cornwall
02:22
Sailboat scene, early am, Padstow, Cornwall
02:22
Brits trying to be graceful with their reprimands, nevertheless, hundreds of butts still all over the floor, clean ashtray .... appears this polite approach is not working.
TM
03:08
Thida Prak Mada
❤️
CD
08:12
Charles DiBella
08:12
14 August 2018
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02:24
Charles DiBella
15 August 2018
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09:35
Charles DiBella
Padstow Quay (estuary) ... Cornwall ...
09:35
Typical Cornwall rural scene ... hilly, but not as much so as Devon.
16 August 2018
CD
05:09
Charles DiBella
I have not slept indoors or on a bed since April 15th, four months, free camping every night.

Learning all the time - becoming more efficient and skilled in this way of life everyday.

Learning new and better ways of managing the simple things we all must do to get on with daily life.

Eating, cleaning, keeping the mind occupied and body healthy, staying warm and dry ...
19 August 2018
CD
04:11
Charles DiBella
Gas stove ...
04:11
Long term camp ...
04:11
Hidden in the pines, pitch black at night, rarely see the moon at this latitude ...
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04:27
Thavry
No rain?
20 August 2018
CD
03:30
Charles DiBella
Often there is a light misty rain, not cold ... always damp ... very few insects or mosquitoes ... cloudy, gloomy weather, but it's fresh and clean.
CD
05:15
Charles DiBella
... 38 days to go for a total of 96 days in the UK ... departing by ferry for France on September 28th ...
PS
05:18
Panha Suon
In reply to this message
Looks like you have developed quite a system there, Charles.
CD
05:21
Charles DiBella
I have bicycle camping and touring down to a science.

The biggest advancement I would say since I first became interested in bicycle touring (mid 1990s) is the smartphone with wifi, GPS, open source mapping, messaging ... a powerful office and research library I can hold in my hand as well as mount on my handlebars.

A very affordable, absolutely incredible and empowering device not available just a few years ago.

I can charge by day while gathering world and economic news from YouTube for offline listening ...

The future is now ....
23 August 2018
CD
23:50
Charles DiBella
Mushrooms fascinate me ....
23:50
A big one, but I would not dare to eat it.
23:50
For Cambodia.
23:50
I can't really capture the feeling of being here in real life.
23:52
Nice van for travel and living.
23:52
recycles.org

The possibilities are endless.
25 August 2018
CD
10:52
Charles DiBella
In developed nations, the people have killed most all harmful animals and insects.

There are some wild animals, but they are not dangerous and are afraid of humans.

In some very wild mountain areas of the USA and elsewhere, there can be bears, wolves, cougars and bobcats.

Just don't sleep near them, stay out of their pathways and very far away from their children.

Wild animals do not attack unless they have a reason.
10:53
Very nice ride from Tavistock to Plymouth ... another old railway line converted to a recreational trail.
10:53
These tunnels are very long, wet and dark, but quite fascinating.
10:53
I'm in Tavistock now, and will spend a few days exploring this area.

I cycled to Plymouth and turned back because it's just too urban down there.

I'll go back to Plymouth later to explore ...
10:53
Sir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock and was involved with area engineering projects.

The trail from Tavistock to Plymouth is named after him.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Drake
10:54
Good idea for us on our land in Cambodia ...

http://www.forestschoolplymouth.co.uk
CD
11:16
Charles DiBella
The weather has changed this past week ... it's been wet, and now the cold is coming.

It's going to be a challenge to cross the Pyrenees mountains in mid-October.
27 August 2018
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03:11
Charles DiBella
Not found on any tourist map ... quite a majestic scene.
03:11
Found the scene above while traveling down this obscure trail looking for a campsite.
03:11
All three views above taken within steps of each other ... great solitude.
03:11
A view from the other side as the setting sun reflects on the bridge ...
03:19
Satellite image shows the shadow of the abandoned bridge structure ...

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.529076&lon=-4.16584&z=16
03:21
Continuing down the path, I found this shrine ...
03:22
Curious as to what happened to this 15 year old girl, I Googled her name ...

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/beautiful-schoolgirl-15-died-after-12801083
CD
06:33
Charles DiBella
Sir Francis Drake, memorial statue in Tavistock (although born in Tavistock, he was buried at sea).

https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/sir-francis-drake-facts
28 August 2018
CD
04:14
Charles DiBella
A mausoleum in Tavistock.
04:15
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09:40
Charles DiBella
On the topic of quietness ...

it seems even when I can find almost complete silence (except for the sounds of nature), it is then that even the most subtle of background sounds become evident.

For example, at last night's camp there was near perfect silence, but I was still able to detect a very faint, slightly alternating, low frequency hum in the background.

I determined that this sound was most likely coming from the huge wind generators that dot the landscape very far away.

Therefore, as technology moves forward, it becomes increasingly more difficult to find places with a completely natural soundscape.
CD
10:19
Charles DiBella
UK can be very inexpensive if you know the tricks of cheap and simple living.

1£ = 1.4$
29 August 2018
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04:41
Charles DiBella
Above and below - the same arch taken a couple days later from another perspective.

I needed to follow a completely different trail with bicycle to get to the top.
CD
04:42
Charles DiBella
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Charles DiBella 27.08.2018 03:11:39
A view from the other side as the setting sun reflects on the bridge ...
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04:44
Charles DiBella
Upon arriving at the bridge, I see it's closed to all traffic.

Nowhere to go but follow the trail back.

The trail was fascinating ... an old, overgrown and disused railroad trail (tracks removed).
04:52
I will attest that an Android device with GPS and OpenCycleMaps is likely the greatest advancement in bicycle touring since the invention of the diamond frame.

Absolutely amazing the freedom and ease one now has to explore place few people have been.

Such an amazing device I hold in my hands now as I write this travel journal to you.
04:57
The lowly bicycle now comes with GPS, worldwide trail mapping and telecommunications device ... a mobile office for high tech minimalist living.

The future is now.
CD
08:18
Charles DiBella
New (almost) real leather shoes from the Salvation Army donations box ... in Tavistock.
CD
08:36
Charles DiBella
Question -

What is a Salvation Army donations box?

This one above is overflowing.
30 August 2018
CD
05:36
Charles DiBella
Amazing find ... an entrance to an old abandoned train tunnel along an old abandoned rail line ...
05:36
There's a way in .... a hole cut in the fence.

Looks like someone was staying in there.
05:36
Too dark and damp ... can't see the end and can hear water dripping ... I don't have the courage to explore it alone.

Who knows what unseen things are lurking in there ....
05:40
The tunnel is on the map, but the trail to get to it isn't ...

Shillamill Tunnel

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.518654&lon=-4.1675305&z=18
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06:21
Charles DiBella
More information about these containers that we see in developed nations ....

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/oct/02/recycle-clothing-donations-hm-goodwill-north-face-puma
06:21
Concerning the above photo of donation collection containers - of course, we don't see them in poor countries such as Cambodia.

These boxes are very secure to prevent theft and vandalism.

They are purchased, put there and maintained by NGO's ...

People leave bags outside when the box is full.

The box is solid steel, and probably cost several thousands of dollars.

People cannot get stuff out of it as it is locked solid.

The NGO comes regularly to empty it out ... they sort and clean everything.

Good things they sell in their local charity shop to raise money.

Very poor people can get things from the charity shop for free.

Stuff they cannot sell is shipped to poor countries like Cambodia.

This is how those stores in Cambodia that sell second hand clothes and shoes get their inventory.
31 August 2018
CD
04:56
Charles DiBella
Found a nice hat with sun visor.
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04:59
Thavry
Your hair is getting longer almost like when you were at the old Smallworld.
CD
04:59
Charles DiBella
Excellent hidden and secluded campsite with easy access along the Tavy river near Tavistock.
05:00
The river is very scenic, but a bit polluted with small bits of floating suds.
05:01
Nowadays, I am always prepared for rain, but no rain last night, and today we have clear skies.

I guess the predicted warm spell has arrived.
05:03
I learned from a local nearby landowner that this is the remains of a World War 2 rifle shooting practice range.
05:06
This is one of six metal frames used to replace and put up targets for target practice.
05:08
Here are some old targets in a nearby abandoned target shed.
05:09
The shed was unlocked, so I took a peek ...
05:10
I'm told they would shoot 600 yards from atop the railroad bridge in the background.

This is the same closed and abandoned railroad bridge I discovered a few days ago in earlier photos. Map below.
05:13
I've explored this area quite a bit ... the purple flag is the abandoned tunnel discovered yesterday.

The red flag is the target shed, and last night's camp is the brown flag.
CD
09:19
Charles DiBella
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Charles DiBella 27.08.2018 03:19:45
Satellite image shows the shadow of the abandoned bridge structure ...

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.529076&lon=-4.16584&z=16
1 September 2018
CD
11:19
Charles DiBella
Who know the story of the lost sheep, or the good shepherd?
11:20
An abandoned wreck, in the estuary or quay at Plymouth, the mouth of the Ply river, where the persecuted Pilgrims set sail for Plymouth Rock, in America.
11:20
Saint Christopher medal, patron saint of the Voyager, along the coast, at the docks in Plymouth.
2 September 2018
CD
07:46
Charles DiBella
Wish to have one of these in Cambodia.
3 September 2018
CD
05:48
Charles DiBella
These are easy, bold and spectacular tours, lacking nothing but the likes of the Grand Canyon.
05:48
Forests, rivers, canyons, and old viaduct infrastructures.

The ride from Tavistock to Plymouth could be sold as an adventure tour.

Additionally, the Camel trail and Bodmin area to the coast ...
5 September 2018
CD
08:10
Charles DiBella
The close-up seem to work sometimes.
CD
17:19
Charles DiBella
Only one visible homeless, and this is because why?

I can't tell from the surface.
CD
17:55
Charles DiBella
Plain and simple food service operation ... eating prepared food is costly, but 10 £ seems to be nothing for people.

I understand they're either struggling or in debt.
17:56
CCTV is everywhere you would expect it to be, but most often it is only recording and not monitored.
17:57
One o'clock in the morning, clear night sky. Food stores fully stocked and selling million by day.
18:02
These are full service shopping centers, with everything from bakery to banking.

Not good places to be around, but necessary at this stage of the game.
JD
19:35
John s DiBella
Chas,
If leaving in late September for the continent, consider the Camino to Santiago. A pilgrim’s passport from the Confraternity of St James would be wise. Credentials are free and offer benefits along the way. Www.csj.org.uk. Bike from mountains to Santiago, Muxia, Finisterre, down to Porto and beyond. Rains in Spain could be a problem.
6 September 2018
CD
12:27
Charles DiBella
Shed and workbench, secret Sunnybank cottage, next to the river in Tiverton.
12:27
My stuff, Sunnybank cottage, abandoned workshop.
12:27
Tent setup looking out the workshop window, Sunnybank cottage.
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Tent and tarp setup, Sunnybank cottage.
7 September 2018
CD
03:15
Charles DiBella
Clock tower near the mysterious Sunnybank cottage.
03:15
Saintly figure on clock tower above.
CD
06:03
Charles DiBella
Empty and abandoned "Sunnybank" cottage behind the police station and bordering the Lowman River in Tiverton ...
06:03
Road to the abandoned "Sunnybank" cottage, Tiverton

Precise location, next to the river, near the clock tower, behind the Police station.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.9037&lon=-3.483304&z=18
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My bike, of course, at the entrance to Sunnybank.
8 September 2018
CD
04:05
Charles DiBella
Black raspberries in season, wild and abundant everywhere.
04:05
Apples in season, an abandoned orchard.
04:05
Upstairs window at the abandoned Sunnybank cottage in Tiverton.
04:06
The mysterious cottage is locked up and overgrown with ivy.
04:10
The front door, locked tight, mail slot door removed.

No one ever comes back here but the caretaker of the small garden.
04:11
Another close up of the abandoned Sunnybank cottage.

I know the caretaker of the garden (not the house) very well.
04:13
Photo taken through the mail slot in the door above, abandoned river side cottage, Tiverton.

No one bothers me here, except the caretaker of the garden, and he knows nothing about the house.
04:14
Inside of the adjacent workshop pictured above, at the abandoned cottage.

It's difficult to believe such a place as Sunnybank cottage can continue to exist in the economic climate of today.
CD
10:30
Charles DiBella
Garden at Sunnybank cottage.
10:30
Probably poisonous (above & below).
10:30
"There are bold mushroom eaters and there are old mushroom eaters, but never the twain shall meet."

-- Anonymous
10:30
Might not be poisonous ...
12 September 2018
CD
07:34
Charles DiBella
Signs posted at petrol station convenience store.
07:34
"... paid ... in gold."
07:34
Tomb inside a small village Devonshire church ... Bickleigh.
07:34
Detail on tomb ...
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Detail on tomb ...
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Detail on tomb ...
13 September 2018
CD
09:11
Charles DiBella
taken from Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter, Devonshire ... row housing ...

https://osmand.net/go?lat=50.70965&lon=-3.489466&z=16
09:11
Abandoned shipwreck, Exe estuary, Devonshire
09:11
A Mini mounted on a dealership sign.
09:11
Makro business model is different here than in Cambodia or Thailand ... this is the only Makro I've seen either in the UK or EU.
14 September 2018
CD
05:02
Charles DiBella
Abandoned shipwreck, Exe estuary, Devonshire
05:02
Who is leading who? ... the truth of the matter as some see it.
CD
10:05
Charles DiBella
One of 1000 bike route mileposts in the UK ...

Details below ...
10:05
UK national bike route number 2
10:05
No explanation for this symbol.

Anyone know?
10:06
3 miles to Exmouth seafront, 1 mile to the estuary.
10:06
Budleigh and Salterton 5 miles, and Sidmouth 15 miles.
10:06
This is one of 1000 mileposts funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland to mark the millennium and the creation of the National Cycle Network
10:06
Thanks to everyone who helped create this special cycle route.

Sorry for the underexposure.
10:06
Follow this old railway line into Devon's beautiful countryside and have a safe enjoyable journey.

This is indeed an exceptional area ... East Devon.
15 September 2018
CD
08:54
Charles DiBella
150 nights straight of sleeping outdoors ... I don't know of anyone who has beat that record, but I'm sure there are plenty others.
20 September 2018
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Charles DiBella
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21 September 2018
CD
07:20
Charles DiBella
Problem - Smartphone touch screen no longer working ... phone and water don't mix.

Must use mouse until able to buy another phone.

Any ideas?

Photos and communication will be curtailed until problem solved.

GPS and mapping much more difficult.
22 September 2018
MD
08:18
Margaret DiBella
I've read that if you put it in a zip lock bag full of raw rice - the rice will absorb the liquid overnight. Good Luck!
25 September 2018
CD
06:36
Charles DiBella
Two nights - all day rain - temperatures are dropping at night now ... very cold ... fall season has arrived ... must be concerned with staying warm and dry.
06:36
A Chapter of Doubts, by Robert Wright of Tiverton, Devonshire, UK.

A short interesting read - .doc below.

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003945316516
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08:14
Charles DiBella
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Charles DiBella
11:02
Above photo, plus all my possessions.
26 September 2018
CD
09:04
Charles DiBella
38 hours remaining in UK ... and I'm off to France on a 6 hour ferry boat ride.
27 September 2018
CD
06:29
Charles DiBella
Learning how to camp in all seasons, wet and cold, requires actual first hand experience or practice.

It cannot be learned in theory.
06:33
Stunning old church ruins, Charles Crossing, Plymouth, Devonshire, UK

Charles Church,
Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Church,_Plymouth
06:33
Smeaton's Tower,
Plymouth

Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smeaton%27s_Tower
06:34
Same sitting position as lighthouse photo above, but looking toward my right.
CD
23:45
Charles DiBella
Onboard ferry now .... very nice, luxurious, few passengers.
23:51
Free wifi, USB charging ports, comfortable chairs ... 7 am departure ...

http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/welcome-aboard
30 September 2018
CD
09:25
Charles DiBella
France is nice.
8 October 2018
MD
18:07
Margaret DiBella
Hi Charlie, I haven't seen anything from you in a while. I hope all is well. I've been teaching a lot lately, and then I caught a cold from the kids, so now I'm just getting back to some kind of normal. Every weekend has been busy, so I haven't had the time to go up to Santa Fe and check out the few sites I have in mind for our reunion, but I will as soon as a couple of days open up. I hope to have everything decided before the end of the year. What's going on with you? Margaret
T
18:36
Tom
Hi Margaret, Chas is doing well.

He has some problems with his Telegram account (can't sign in).

We are working on it.

Chas can communicate via his email for now.
9 October 2018
MD
10:02
Margaret DiBella
Thanks Tom! I hope you are all doing well. Cheers, Margaret
16 October 2018
Rithy invited Charles
17 October 2018
C
02:16
Charles
I am back, but Android device still needs service or replacement.

Touch screen not functioning, so must type with Bluetooth mouse.

Not so easy.

Also, battery needs replacement, and there are lines across my screen.

About to exit France and enter Spain today.

Have plenty of photos of France to share later.
02:23
I would appreciate if everyone here would send me a personal message sharing their telegram contact number so i can add you to my telegram address-contacts list.
02:27
FYI, I am here now.

See the lovely bay?

So near to Spain border.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=43.38748&lon=-1.6610967
02:32
France has been very beautiful, but not much social interaction because I don't speak the language.

I really enjoy off season travel, and much prefer to always avoid tourist spots.
02:38
I am heading into mountains, and it doesn't look easy.

France was so flat, and conveniences easy to find.

Relative to all other countries, food prices are high.

Looking back to the UK, food shopping was much easier and much less costly.
19 October 2018
C
03:40
Charles
25 October 2018
C
07:35
Charles
Sleep October 25 Thursday

Albergue de peregrinos de las Benedictinas (Carbajalas)

https://osmand.net/go?lat=42.59508&lon=-5.568137
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Charles
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31 October 2018
C
11:17
Charles
Presently here:

Ourense, Spain

https://osmand.net/go?lat=42.343655&lon=-7.867434

The thermal baths are free 24\7 ... fully developed facilities .... off season, few people, excellent camping, all so nice.

Great retirement hangout for guy like me and like minded souls.

https://www.google.com/search?q=ourense+thermals&tbm=isch
5 November 2018
C
04:10
Charles
Here now:

Biblioteca
Valença, Portugal

https://osmand.net/go?lat=42.028225&lon=-8.637743
JD
17:33
John s DiBella
Jim & I stayed in Valencia prior to crossing in to Spain on our way to Santiago de Compostela. Our Camino hike of 2015.
7 November 2018
C
04:50
Charles
04:50
Sleep November 6 Tuesday

Crack house

Abandoned

Necessary

Severe storm, winds.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=41.80972&lon=-8.8562355
04:52
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8 November 2018
C
07:30
Charles
Here now:

Biblioteca Municipal de Vila do Conde

Rua Doutor António José de Sousa Pereira, Vila do Conde

https://osmand.net/go?lat=41.355488&lon=-8.747692
07:38
Portugal is nice, but wet weather has been challenging.

Portugal has still retained much of their "old world" atmosphere.

Not so many big boys with toys.

Still, I can sense in some men that sickly impatience, discourtesy, and machismo of Spanish and Italian men.
C
07:43
Charles
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Charles 17.10.2018 02:23:10
I would appreciate if everyone here would send me a personal message sharing their telegram contact number so i can add you to my telegram address-contacts list.
C
08:56
Charles
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13 November 2018
C
09:57
Charles
Here now:

Fatima, Portugal

Biblioteca

https://osmand.net/go?lat=39.633324&lon=-8.682011
14 November 2018
09:25
I have an excellent campsite ... photos later.

Leaving tent in place unattended.
09:26
15 November 2018
C
07:59
Charles
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Fatima campsite.
Extended stay.
Minimal noise.
Zero visitors.
Nice.
08:04
Fatima public library.
Absolute strict silent.
Always same man librarian.
Always reading.
He whispers when he speaks.
I believe he is a Catholic priest.
Love the atmosphere.
Could retire here.
Every strict, orderly, quite.
Citizens are aware of nuisance noise.
Apparently somewhat enlightened civic population.
19 November 2018
C
04:39
Charles
PS
05:03
Panha Suon
In reply to this message
Fatima sounds similar to a name of a girl from "The Alchemist".
C
05:17
Charles
Portugal is high on my list of best countries to retire.

Fatima is an exceptionally unique community.

Now is off season.

Hardly anyone here.

The infrastructure is designed to handle hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.

It's a uniquely clean and peaceful community.

Very Catholic though ... church bells always ringing ... pilgrims everywhere.
29 November 2018
C
05:31
Charles
Places I've slept in Spain and Portugal.
C
05:54
Charles
I've given up on the android phone and camera, so no more daily updates or photos until i return to the USA and buy a new phone and charging system.

Unfortunate about not having a camera ... some wonderful scenes in Portugal.

Using paper maps now, no GPS.

Technical problems are biggest frustration, so it's important to have the right equipment.
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06:21
Thavry
Please taKe a good care and enjoy your travels.
PS
07:04
Panha Suon
Take care Charles.
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07:17
Sela
Take care. We here miss you
30 November 2018
C
06:37
Charles
Here -

Biblioteca Municipal de Portimão

https://osmand.net/go?lat=37.13341&lon=-8.538909
06:46
Sleep November 29 Thursday

Try to view this location with satellite image ... I have the whole house ... adobe construction ... abandoned.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=37.131817&lon=-8.487207
06:52
Many nice investment properties ... I think France may be best ... but here in the south is the best weather.

France was a good experience ... would enjoy a whole summer exploring there.

In Portugal, the dogs are out of control, but otherwise very nice too.
4 December 2018
C
03:01
Charles
Sleep December 02 Sunday, nice real estate

https://osmand.net/go?lat=37.14539&lon=-7.616202
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Many good places to sleep in Portugal .... they're not as bad as they look.

Being inside a tent makes for much better conditions.
8 December 2018
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Charles
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10 December 2018
C
01:52
Charles
New chain & cassette 35€

Not a real mechanic.

Paseo Bici

https://osmand.net/go?lat=37.40335&lon=-5.991261
01:53
Sleep December 08 & 09 Saturday and Sunday

https://osmand.net/go?lat=37.29289&lon=-5.913767
JL
04:09
Jeffree Laughingman
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Near Sevilla? Plans? Not heading south to Tarifa?
19 December 2018
C
06:56
Charles
06:56
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Alone, abandoned, incredible location .... cannot buy at any price.
07:05
Above .... planned route to airport ... see flight info earlier posted here.
4 January 2019
C
04:51
Charles
C
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Charles
C
Charles 04.01.2019 03:53:36
Hi, very cold, near Madrid Spain, fly to Los Angeles January 14 with bicycle ...
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04:59
Charles
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Charles 04.01.2019 03:44:09
Santa Barbara & Palm Springs
04:59
C
Charles 04.01.2019 04:51:01
Then Arizona & New Mexico .... then on to New York State ....
MD
08:23
Margaret DiBella
Hi Charlie -
MD
08:59
Margaret DiBella
Cathy is flying into ABQ Jan 16th and we'll be here for a week or so, then she & I are driving to Santa Cruz for a wedding. On the 28th we will fly to Mexico to spend time with Carlos & Christine at their place near San Miguel de Allende. We'll fly back to CA on Feb 7 and then maybe spend a few days in Santa Rosa (where Christine & her family now live). I have to be back in NM before Feb 20. There will be room in my car and it has a bike rack, if you are interested in joining us. It will be fun!
11 January 2019
C
07:16
Charles
Read ... "Bitcoins Papi" ... wish I was ...
08:54
Above air b&b booked Saturday and Sunday nights .... fly out of Madrid to Los Angeles on Monday 2pm ...
PS
09:31
Panha Suon
In reply to this message
Have a safe flight to the US, Charles
L
17:15
Laim
In reply to this message
Be safe
12 January 2019
C
09:06
Charles
I am at b&b now ... until Monday morning ... have wifi and electric ... if anyone wants to communicate ....
C
09:48
Charles
Freezing cold, but with comfort and style ...
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11:35
Charles
Abandoned house ... very nice ... stayed 2 days ...
MD
11:36
Margaret DiBella
looks cozy
C
11:56
Charles
Love camping at abandoned sites ... such great adventures ...
13 January 2019
C
04:26
Charles
The best thing a person can do to learn and grow is to challenge yourself .... break away from old, stagnant routines ... travel is good ... rugged travel even better ...

Life is all about learning, growing, loving ...
C
13:11
Charles
Proposed route from Ventura CA to Socorro NM ... but first will ride north along the Pacific coast highway from LAX to Santa Barbara.
15 January 2019
C
13:04
Charles
Missed my flight.

Packing and preparation at the airport took longer than expected.

My own oversight on timing.
13:07
Needed to buy new ticket ... no refund, complete loss.

Result - 11 more nights of below 0 (c) cold ... flight scheduled for the 25th ...
13:08
16 January 2019
L
02:34
Laim
Sorry to hear it
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08:25
Charles
Staying at homeless mission here in Madrid ... very cold outside at night ... 9 more nights before departure to USA.
08:26
Parroquia Crucifixion del Senor
(Catholic)

Shelter for homeless people.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=40.398136&lon=-3.7450504
C
08:52
Charles
So many smokers, so many with respiratory illnesses ... they don't seem to get the connection.

I much prefer living alone in nature than to be here, but urban camping in the freezing cold is rather difficult.

My sleeping bag is very light, not designed for cold camping.

I don't feel I'm going to like sleeping here ... most everyone is sick while I feel great in perfect health.

Coughing, sneezing, sniffling all around, even the staff.

People have no idea of the value of good health.
08:53
Sitting in the dining room ... clean and warm enough ... no smoking inside.

Most everyone has smartphone, yapping away to others or indulging in movies.

Can't get away from anyone to be alone.

May be more preferable to freeze at night ... we'll see.
08:56
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Hallway ...
09:03
My bike seems safe enough ...
09:03
Entrance ...
09:03
Three stories ... haven't seen the dormitory yet ...
09:03
Cedia ... Cáritas ...
09:03
Computer room ...
09:03
Can you read Spanish?
C
09:28
Charles
Of course, I look like I fit right in ... living in the wild for the past year ...
18 January 2019
C
02:05
Charles
Sleeping here (free) in central Madrid until flight on the 25th ... very basic accommodations ... two nights already.

After 8 hours waiting, previous situation above didn't work out - no room.

Here now:
Social Samur - (Aparcabicis Sede Social Samur)

https://osmand.net/go?lat=40.411015&lon=-3.712778
02:13
The location above is the central Madrid center for social services.

There are many of these vans used by social workers who travel around providing transport and assistance.

The staff are courteous and considerate.
02:17
This is the room where I'm allowed to sleep. Twelve people in all, both men and women. No bed or bedding, only chairs.

One sandwich, some crackers and fruit juice twice a day. Instant coffee in the morning.

Secure storage for my bicycle and shower room.

The chairs recline and are comfortable enough. At least it's warm, and they have two good air purifiers (ozone) running.
02:21
A very educational first hand experience regarding poverty, homelessness and refugees in this capital city of Spain.

Uncomfortably cold outside this time of year.

I'm grateful to see and experience what it's like for the poor and refugees in this part of the EU.

No wifi, but I'm at a nearby library now.
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06:37
Rithy
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you look very healthy now
MD
06:39
Margaret DiBella
I think you'll find a very different situation here, among the poverty & homeless in the US
C
07:05
Charles
It will be interesting to explore the USA homeless situation after 12 years being away ...

Many adult street beggars here (no child beggars).

Homeless tents are not allowed in Madrid.

Once in California, I will be riding into Venice Beach and Santa Barbara to access the homeless situations there.

In 2001 to 2003, I lived homeless in these areas, so it'll be interesting to observe how things are today, and maybe reconnect with old comrades.
MD
07:09
Margaret DiBella
Only 12 years? I thought it was more. ABQ had a progressive model for the homeless. Officials from other cities (and even outside the US) have come to study it, but I don't know if they've been able to maintain their standards.
C
07:09
Charles
In reply to this message
Yes, very strong and healthy nowadays ... riding bicycle every day and sleeping outdoors seems to be the only solution.

Also fasting on full moon and new moon.
21 January 2019
C
10:58
Charles
PS
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Panha Sok
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18:02
Finally, you are back. Healthy face.
PS
21:07
Panha Suon
In reply to this message
The current look is actually better. Better quality photo.
22 January 2019
C
04:31
Charles
2007 vs 2019

51 vs 62 years

That's what bicycle riding and a healthy outdoor life does for a man.

But I'm much more serious into outdoor bicycle living today than I was back then ....
04:31
Slept outside last night ... so cold ... the place is rather frightening. It's as if I'm seeing images within the movement of shadows.
04:34
Fire for brewing coffee this morning.
04:36
It's kind of a foreboding place ...
04:38
Inside ... big ... many dark rooms ... scary even ... possibly haunted ... a total disaster.
04:39
Outside front view ...
04:51
After four nights at the social services location mentioned above, I had to get away.

Homeless people with their physical and mental illnesses, along with their addictions and obsessions are difficult to be among for an extended period of time.

Better for me to be cold and alone at the abandoned site above.

It's clear why many homeless all around the world do not seek out social services.

It's not the social workers that are the problem, it's the other homeless people.

... but it's so very cold outside. At the airport now, which seems to be the best refuge for the daytime, given my options.
C
05:24
Charles
C
05:42
Charles
California Dreaming
The Mamas and the Papas

"I'd be safe and warm
If I were in LA ..."

https://www.google.com/search?q=california+dreaming&tbm=vid
05:44
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10:58
Charles
Campsites ... Spain & Portugal
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Panha Suon
Can't wait to hear your update and reflection on the US. How do you feel going to and being back there?
23 January 2019
C
04:39
Charles
I love forests, solitude, like minded people, long days, and warm sunny weather.
C
09:14
Charles
Hanging out at the airport ...

They have a great free wifi connection, plenty of power outlets, and large, clean bathrooms.

I can wheel my bicycle around with me anywhere as if it's a piece of luggage.

Could sleep here too, but prefer the privacy of the haunted squat.

Seems the disincarnate spirits that are present have no power over me ...
09:17
Last night I slept inside ... I feel the place is haunted with a spirit or spirits given the nature of my dreams.

Much warmer and quieter inside though ... planning two more nights here as it's the best squat option around.

I ventured down into the pitch dark basement and found a deep well down there.

Outside near the front gate is a recently dead fat old cat ... no outward signs of trauma ... a mystery.

Such an adventure ... thinking of making a business out of sleeping at haunted locations ... becoming a "ghost buster".
C
10:02
Charles
Madrid airport ...
PS
10:21
Panha Suon
In reply to this message
I have never been haunted.
24 January 2019
C
02:46
Charles
This "moka pot" I bought in Italy is one of the greatest discoveries of this journey ...
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Fresh brewed coffee each morning is one of my most enjoyable comforts while camping ...
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02:48
Thavry
Are you at the ariport waiting for the flight tomorrow?
C
02:49
Charles
Yes, airport is my best daytime refuge at this point ... 28 hours to takeoff ...
T
02:50
Thavry
I am looking forward hearing your reflection once you landed in your motherland after many years.
C
02:52
Charles
After 12 years, I wonder what it'll be like myself ... we will soon see!
T
02:55
Thavry
So, you will be in L.A and New York from Jan to June, right?
C
02:58
Charles
Our family reunion in Rome, NY is at the end of July.

After that, I will need to travel to a warmer climate for the winter.
C
17:15
Charles
One bicycle - handlebars turned sideways, pedals removed ... 23 kg ... pedals, tools, sleeping pad wrapped up in the triangle.

One carry-on box of the appropriate size, 10 kg maxed out.

I need to wear on my body another 3 kg of clothing and gear, and I needed to discard several kilos of nonessential gear.

Several hours of preparation during days prior, and then another 3 to 4 hours just now to pack it all up at the airport.

It's 13.5 hours until departure ... and it's now 1:30 am at the airport ...

Minimalistic packing for air travel with bicycle and gear can be a challenge.
17:27
150 € for the seat and carry-on luggage, plus 65 € for the bicycle ... about 245 usd.

A nonstop 12 hour flight. I hope to sleep all the way.

One check-in luggage wouldn't have cost nearly 60 usd, so it was best to discard nonessentials.

One meal is 45 usd so I'll be fasting this trip.
17:41
I'll spend the night here ... the red bag is the last of the discards.

There are hree homeless men sleeping nearby ... and there was also a woman, but she locked herself into the family bathroom.
17:43
These two guys to my right ...
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And this guy to my left.

Hanging out at the airport is fine on a cold winter day, especially with power and internet, but I wouldn't want to sleep here unless waiting for a flight.

I was becoming quite comfortable at the haunted squat.
25 January 2019
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05:22
Charles
Nightmare at the airport ...
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Thavry
Safe flight.
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19:45
Charles
Arrived in USA ... 6:30 pm Friday ... no sign of bicycle yet ...
JD
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John s DiBella
Welcome home!
28 January 2019
C
17:35
Charles
Gaviota Coast looking north
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21:01
Charles
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I participated in this takeover of the park.

Slept there last night, and left empty tent standing all day.

This evening, I found the tent door unzipped ...

Expecting a confrontation with police tonight.

I get up and leave at 4 am ... go in at 10 or 11 at night ... 8 pm now ...

I'm testing them ... in 2003 I was one of 24 protestors issued a ticket for sleeping ... all tickets were thrown out of court.

They had to let us stay.

Nowadays I'm not sure of the status of the law, so we'll see.

Wish I were setup to livestream the confrontation to you.
21:17
Location:

Sleep January 27 & 28
Sunday & Monday
Tipi Village
Isla Vista

https://osmand.net/go?lat=34.413277&lon=-119.86344
21:26
The wealth and wastefulness here is greater than an unlike anywhere in the world.

Some of the richest students in the world attend university here ... University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) ... many murders, crimes and ugly events happened here.
29 January 2019
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02:10
Charles
Prices in the grocery stores are higher than anywhere I've seen in the world.

You get half as much, and still pay more, but there is also plenty of free (poor quality) food for poor people if one knows how to acquire it.
02:17
The streets are wide, clean, minimal litter, and drivers share the road with courtesy (usually).

They do not honk their horn and make harsh gestures if another makes a mistake as in Spain, Italy and UK.

Portugal doesn't do that nor many cultures.

Marijuana is legal so one can often smell it riding down streets.

It's modern in many way, with many young people have the very latest expensive car.
02:23
UCSB and IV have been the source or inspiration for several great rock and roll bands and media production artists.
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03:20
Charles
People are generally friendly and kind, and will converse extensively as strangers.

Yet on the otherhand, there is much mental illness, both mild and severe.

There is not a great mania or obsession with dogs as in some other western nations, but it's there nonetheless in a smaller way.
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04:21
Panha Suon
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Murders, crimes and ugly events... not the things i expect to here from country like the US
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05:52
Charles
Such stories rarely carry over into international news. The Wikipedia article touches on some ...
05:53
Many bicycle packs and individuals riders too - surfers heaven as well ... classic California.
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Charles
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A market for the Koompi ...
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Kids' love these scooters and groups will pay to ride together, but they're dangerous and a community nuisance. First saw them at use on a large scale in southern California.
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Rithy
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they are billion of dollar company now, especially a company name #Bird
30 January 2019
C
13:56
Charles
13:57
Unbelievable ... happens somewhere nearby everyday ...
13:57
I pulled these out of the trash bin, but couldn't carry them.
13:57
The trash bins ... typical in the USA ... we call them dumpsters.
13:57
This was exceptional ... 3 usd inside the store ... still fresh and in the trash ...
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The waste of good food is tremendous, as well as the sales cost.

These small packages are marked 3 to 4 usd each, with weights of about 1/4 kilo.

Compared to the rest of the world, food prices are very high, and so is the amount of waste, and so is the amount of free food handouts or dumpster finds.

California ... southern ... land o rich people and movie stars.

Might be time to start live streaming ...
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14:23
Charles
I am using a mac computer now ... installed telegram on it and logged into my account. This is some sort of open community resource center. All sorts of things to use here for free.
14:24
I never used telegram on a MAC ... very different, seems to be more features.
14:27
I might remain at this location for a while to re-establish myself and get some work done. Ideas for mutual business ventures between USA and Cambodia are coming to me everyday.
14:28
This is the first time I've used a keyboard in about a year. The touch screen on my android broke and I needed to use a bluetooth mouse to enter every letter and word transmitted to you all thois time.
14:29
Now I see my fingers have gone numb from riding bicycle this past year ... I knew it was happening, but now that I am using a keyboard I can really feel the difference, and it feels awful to lose the ability to feel with your finger tips.
14:31
I can't even figure out how to scroll the telegram group list or discussion panel ...
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15:17
Charles
Notice my bike? Great free office space ....

https://goo.gl/maps/8EuCHrb3pVN2
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20:35
Charles
UCSB campus is very large, modern and beautiful.
20:37
Standing at the same spot as above, but turning left we see the library.
20:37
On two sides of the campus we find the ocean.
20:37
An entry gateway ....
31 January 2019
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11:18
Charles
Raining & cold ...
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14:23
Charles
The above two albums of photos ... here is where I am sleeping now. The cardboard against the wall is where I have nothing more than two blankets and a pillow which I had found in the free box (I have not yet explained to you what is the free box, and that will come later.

Last night I needed to sleep here out in the opne because there was no good place to string up my tarp or erect my tent under a shelter.

There are two drinkers sleeping nearby, as you see. From the same vantage point I turn around and snap a photo of my bike with a blue community activity center in the background, and then follow a few more photos of the church where I have established my sleeping location, but only for this incoming storm.
14:27
Now it seems these mid winter storm come in every year, and behave much the same, lasting for about 5 days, and I do recall sleeping through some during 2001 and 2002.

The storms are predictable but powerful. Lightning strikes are strong, almost on top of you, etremely loud setting car sirens off all around.

When it rains, it pours, but there is plenty of warning that the rais are coming and to take cover, which everyone does.

During the storms, homeless people can sleep anywhere shelter can be found.
14:34
Now let me continue with the photo essay above ... you've noticed the blue community activity center, and next I walk around back of the community center where you see the red barn. This natural area behind the activity center area, including the red barn, the restrooms, and the trees are called "Tipi Village" which has an interesting history of which I became a part during the homeless protests of 2003.

Presently, when it's not raining, I have my tent permanently erected under the big tree you see there. Right now I am not using a tent, so I've taken it down and and sleeping along the side of the church where you see now.
14:40
Look behind the restrooms and you'll see the drinker sleeping there. He was sleeping there before I arrived and is the only other permanent sleeper in this area. The two drunks sleeping next to me at the church have just blown in, and are not affiliated with the drunk behind the restroom.

I've only seen this solitary drunkard atanding erect once. I check his area several times an day to observe him sleeping at night, or what he has left behind during the day while he is gone.

He has a peculiar habit of leaving money (change) on the ground in plain sight. In the green plastic bag are 4 cans of sardines, and I am sure he woun't care if someone helped themselves to a can or two.

It's plain most all the homeless have drinking or addiction problems, but it's mostly drinking. I see the mental illness too, and know of only one eho doesn't smoke or drink.
1 February 2019
C
14:47
Charles
UCSB campus at night, Art building, Storke tower in the background ...
14:52
Ordered a new phone from Amazon, should arrive tomorrow ... hot shower today courtesy of "Showers of Blessings" ... also trimmed my facial hair.

https://showersofblessingiv.org
14:59
Need to wash a few clothes next ...
3 February 2019
C
17:20
Charles
PS
17:43
Panha Sok
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Sweet smile, long time ago never seen it.
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18:29
Charles
Happier nowadays ... living closer to nature ... fresh, clean, natural life near the ocean.
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20:10
Rithy
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You should start to write a book now. Many stories is really good.
4 February 2019
C
18:49
Charles
Free Camp overlooking rushing stream.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=34.43947&lon=-119.85346
18:51
Free food daily to be found nearby.
18:53
Turn to the right, stream down below. Much rain this week, rapids above, muddy suds in the water.
18:55
Bicycle ...
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19:12
Charles
Free microwave, office space, wifi, mac terminals, and restroom.

Pardall Center

https://osmand.net/go?lat=34.413334&lon=-119.856186
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19:15
Tom
Is it a co-working space?
C
19:18
Charles
Community and student space sponsored by the UCSB student union.
5 February 2019
C
15:55
Charles
New phone, 100 usd, same model as previous phone, different color, from Amazon.
15:58
Almost there to begin live streaming to you ... just a few more gadgets to buy.
16:12
New am/fm clock/alarm radio, 13 usd, very small, not powerful but adequate, from Amazon.

Southern California FM radio is the world's best. A great diversion while pedaling away all day or in the tent anytime.
JD
18:22
John s DiBella
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I agree with Rithy. Write your observations from your unique points of view. Returning home you naturally see new and old things from a fresh perspective. A world traveler experiences inherently different cultures. Model it on Tocqueville’s insights. How have you and America changed since you started your travels?
6 February 2019
C
13:56
Charles
American clothes dryers are cheap at .25 usd for 7 minutes. In Europe it will cost 2 and 3 euro ... here I dry and fluff my down sleeping bag and blanket.
C
15:31
Charles
I do write - on telegram - right here ... this is about as far and wide as I want to go with my opinions.

The American people are asleep, fat, lazy, stupid ... not all, of course, and much of the rest of the world is in the same boat to varying degrees.

Brainwashed cattle who have given up their liberty and who are ripe for slaughter in some form of another - by some predatory force.

All conjecture of course, but it's the world as I see it.

Among the world's highest cost of living with the greatest amount of consumerism and waste found anywhere.

Most have become completely disconnected from rational thinking rooted in the natural world.

Many suicidal addictions, pharmaceutical drug use and plain old mental illness - believed to be rooted in "epigenetic genocide".

I will not win many friends with my points of view.
C
19:29
Charles
Laurence, an interesting man now 75 years old whom I recall from when I was here 15 years ago.
JD
22:08
John s DiBella
Why constrain your opinions? We have the First Amendment here.
Richard Feynman’s last literary legacy is titled: “What Do You Care What Other People Think?” And Ben Franklin wrote: “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.”
7 February 2019
C
11:13
Charles
I have volumes of notes, both written and digital, much of which is either crazy or makes good sense.

I tend to feel helping others is the highest good. I don't know that I can help others by publishing.

Thavry is in charge of publishing, and in time maybe something will happen.
JD
16:44
John s DiBella
Years from now you could be disappointed for not sharing the interesting experiences during your travels. Stories that might help others.
Through trials and errors, and sometimes duress, you did well enough.
Why not pass on the lesson learned? Why delegate it?
You were lucky with good health, but old age comes fast.
Life is a loan that may come due anytime.
Time is more expensive than money, so make it last.
Take care to live well.
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18:39
Rithy
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I like that “life is a loan that may come due anytime”
T
18:43
Thavry
I agree with John.
Charles has so much to share. You have good intend to help people but maybe you could help people more by sharing your story through writing.

This is what you used to tell me about me publishing my book. I looked back and always feel grateful that I took the courage to write. Because through story sharing, I noticed through book, I am able to touch many lives.
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19:28
Charles
Cannot publish a book about myself, but getting ready to live stream to you ... need to buy this next. Anyone know of a better way to go?


https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07FXG151H/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=A1FYYQ65E5PX24&psc=1
8 February 2019
C
11:21
Charles
I returned the radio. Not worth the trouble, and discovered my new smartphone has an FM tuner inside.
C
17:02
Charles
9 February 2019
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11:28
Charles
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Above - long term campsite in Goleta, just north of Isla Vista (IV). The theme is blue and gold, which are the school colors for UCSB ... I've collected items from the "IV freebox" to make it appear as if someone from the university is camping there.

I have yet to describe to you the IV freebox, which is a phenomenal source of free discards supported by this ultra wealthy and wasteful student community.
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13:36
Charles
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10 February 2019
C
10:43
Charles
Long term campsite north of Isla Vista ... large protective tree and stream down below.
10:43
UCSB color theme. No one has touched this campsite for over a week now.
C
13:28
Charles
John's bike and trailer, used primarily for dumpster diving and recycling.
13:28
I met John in 2002. His life hasn't changed much at all. We're still good friends. I'm one of the few who talk to him.
13:28
He had everything he needs, and seems to accept his life outdoors as the natural thing to do.
13:28
Returned the FM radio to purchase this item for the same price ... my smartphone has an FM radio and this combo is much better is so many ways.

It's not Bluetooth, rather direct wire, which I prefer as it uses less power.

In addition, a smartphone FM radio requires a line to be plugged in to serve as an antenna.

G-Project G-Zip Portable 3.5mm Aux Wired Travel Speaker, 3W ... 9 usd

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CO60A0S
11 February 2019
C
16:35
Charles
Received today ... but this camera does not record audio.

APEMAN Action Camera

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07FXG151H
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19:02
Sela
I thing GoPro is the best for action camera
13 February 2019
C
17:03
Charles
But look at all the attachments, and now I also see that it does record audio.

A test video coming to you soon ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ITJhVcCfxY
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18:57
Charles
Tearing my campsite apart to clean and dry out everything, then I quickly reassembled it.

That was yesterday. Today it has been rainy with showers all day.
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Bicycle always takes on a slightly different look as I travel along.

I'm carrying a propane bottle now.
14 February 2019
C
11:35
Charles
View of the stream down below from my tent ... Heavy rains this morning ...
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Looking down from my tent area ...
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The rapids a bit upstream ...
11:39
This is southern California politeness ...
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12:15
Charles
A beer box marketing slogan, I guess ...
12:21
High speed 32 gb class 10 micro SD card required for the action camera ...
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14:04
Charles
Action camera mounted on handlebars .... Connects to Android via WiFi for full control.
C
16:13
Charles
An actual photo captured by the action cam. It's a pretty good simple camera. There are four buttons on it and it's difficult to adjust the settings.
16 February 2019
C
14:25
Charles
Above and below ... testing the action camera held in my hand. This video somewhat tests the background sound.
C
14:50
Charles
Video file
Not included, change data exporting settings to download.
02:39, 420.3 MB
14:55
Testing the camera for a close up still image as seen in the video - 3480x4640 ... 2.4 mb file ... 16.1 mp
14:56
Same image as compared to the camera on my smartphone ... 2736 x 4864 ... 3.54 mb file ... 16.1 mp
C
15:47
Charles
My conclusion is that this camera with attachments is a very good bargain if you want to start out using and experimenting with an action camera.

https://amzn.to/2V2N9hk
PS
21:06
Panha Suon
In reply to this message
I think Charles is actually sharing the interesting experiences during his travel here in this Telegram group, where most of the audience here are his students whom he has mentored and met in person individually. Charles has established a deep connection with most of us through private one-to-one mentoring. I think Charles would prefer that over educating mass group of students at once.

In 2017, at the age of 20 I had a solo bicycle trip to Thailand. A trip that changed the course of my life and lasted for 42 days and in a approximate distance of 3500km in total.

Without Charles's advice and lessons, i would have never done that. So he does pass on the lesson learned. Question is how big the audience does he find comfortable to pass the lessons to?

I think Charles just has his own way of mentoring and sharing his stories with people. And I respect that.

Talking about helping out the mass, even though it does not seem like Charles is mentoring or educating that many people. But he is actually indirectly mentoring and influencing so many lives. Think of how many people SmallWorld has produced and built. Think about how many people Bong Rithy, Bong Thavry, and his other students have and will be able to influence and educate.

This group will serve as Charles's dairy if i am correct. Even long after he is gone, it will be here. He might not have to actually write his own book by himself. Probably his stories and experiences will be written by others.
17 February 2019
C
13:54
Charles
Drinking fountain at UCSB with water filter for filling water bottles.
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The quality of the drinking water from this dispenser is notably better.
13:55
Number of plastic bottles saved ...
18 February 2019
C
10:55
Charles
Vista shot ... Above and below. Less than 1 kilometer from my campsite.
10:55
It's called the Lake Los Carneros Ecological Preserve, in Goleta.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=34.441868&lon=-119.848785
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Kentucky whiskey ...
21 February 2019
C
10:42
Charles
Received this external battery pack today ... https://amzn.to/2EmZY0I
C
14:06
Charles
https://showersofblessingiv.org ... the focus of these charity workers is to get the people who visit registered and on government aid.
22 February 2019
C
13:55
Charles
https://amzn.to/2Eprf2w —— Nekteck 21W Solar Charger with 2-Port USB Charger Build - High efficiency Solar Panel
13:55
https://amzn.to/2EmZY0I - 21 watt solar panel with 13,000 mAh external battery pack - about 65 usd total for the two ...
23 February 2019
C
13:25
Charles
Visitor in my tent ... now deceased ... important to check tent, blankets and mats for critters everyday. Many spiders ...
C
19:11
Charles
Goleta Beach and dock ...
24 February 2019
C
15:53
Charles
About three weeks spent here at this campsite ... packing up for now.
25 February 2019
C
10:40
Charles
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The series above ... UCSB campus, East side coastal bluffs ... all of campus is a no smoking zone, as is downtown Santa Barbara ... signs designate the concern for the environment and safety.

Santa Barbara County offers some of the very best weather, scenery and highest standards of living in the USA.
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13:44
Charles
Above & below - UCSB Isla Vista south coast, standing in one place looking east and west.
13:44
That's an offshore oil drilling platform out in the ocean ...
28 February 2019
C
13:56
Charles
I am here now.

This incident happened just a short walking distance from the photo directly above.

http://kclu.org/post/its-huge-rare-giant-fish-native-southern-hemisphere-found-santa-barbara-county-coastline
14:10
New USB chargeable head lamp, from Amazon, made in China for markets in Germany, UK and USA ... cost ... 12 usd

https://amzn.to/2EoTcGB

No longer a need to carry and use AAA batteries. All my electric products are now USB chargeable. With solar panel & external battery, I am more "off-grid" than ever.