3 March 2019
C
13:14
Charles
Free food in the park, along with Christian message ... I used to live in this park, 2003 ...

My Position

https://osmand.net/go?lat=34.412266&lon=-119.85628
C
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Charles
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above series of photos - more free food options in this area ... "Food Not Bombs" provides vegan food and is known worldwide.
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An upcoming music festival ... four days in May ...
6 March 2019
C
15:30
Charles
I've been at this campsite under this tree along the stream since February 4th ... Over one month in the same spot.

A well worn pathway to my tent now.
7 March 2019
C
12:33
Charles
Reverse view of the above photo from inside the tent, sunny morning.
C
19:15
Charles
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Series of photos above all taken from roughly the same spot.

A very tranquil and scenic stretch of the southern California Pacific coast.

This area is home to the UCSB student community.

Del Playa Drive
Isla Vista

https://osmand.net/go?lat=34.40924&lon=-119.8692
10 March 2019
11 March 2019
C
15:24
Charles
When preparing for a long journey, don't try to plan for all contingencies, only the most important.

Bring very little and find very much.

You don't begin to really travel until you've been on the road for 12 months or more.
C
18:43
Charles
Every Monday evening, free meal here. Something like this happens almost every day of the week.
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22:38
Charles
Southern California north of Los Angeles along the Pacific coast is a very nice place to live.

One can live here for free with a fairly reasonable quality of life if willing to ride a bicycle and live in a tent.

There are few nicer metropolitan areas in the world.

The weather is fantastic and there are many community resources.

Living in a tent isn't as bad as it may sound.

The important thing is to have a great campsite and the right equipment.
12 March 2019
C
14:26
Charles
No such thing as a free lunch?

Every week at this location we can enjoy high quality homemade food, plus food to take, assorted clothing, and other good things ...

The joint effort of five local churches provide this service for people who live outdoors ...

In truth, many people who live outdoors enjoy an easy carefree lifestyle.
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Mary, the organizer, is a sweet elderly woman whose actions show she cares about people.
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John 3:16 ...
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15:24
Charles
New Koompi laptop arrived today!
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Thankfully it wasn't damaged!
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Beautiful ... elegant ...
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Our own brand ... designed specifically for the Cambodian marketplace ...
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12 volt power adapter. Great solution for off-grid usage.

I created a special telegram group t catalog my observations and experiences with the Koompi ...

Koompi Road Test
(telegram group)

https://t.me/joinchat/KGdRXUd1Tw7ULlDpoxWmDg
13 March 2019
C
16:27
Charles
Full moon approaching on the 20th.

From then until May 1st is a time of transition, so be cautious.

I will be leaving this campsite (below) soon.
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Lovely area but for the noise from small aircraft and backup beepers.
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Sweet memories ... heard then saw a coyote first near my tent then on the other side of the stream.
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UCSBstuff.com
is a dead website.
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Rollin ... an old photo of an old friend with whom I traveled many miles together with our bikes.

Notice his bike in the background.

I haven't met up with him yet and am not sure if he's alive, but I haven't heard that he died.

Another old friend happened to have this old photo.
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Backside of the above photo.

"I evoke and refuse to waive my fifth amendment right to remain silent. Do not ask me any questions."
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This is the bike I was riding for the period of time we traveled together.

You might imagine the scene Rollin and I made in wealthy southern California, spring and summer of 2003 ...
MD
21:21
Margaret DiBella
Hi Charlie - terrific news about the Koompi. I read Rithy's interview & some of the articles. I'm very happy for him & everyone who is working to make this happen. Congratulations to all! Margaret
14 March 2019
C
13:23
Charles
Land of the free ... including free WiFi ... All for our homeless friends, who very much enjoy their perpetual state of homelessness, often fueled by addiction or the never ending desire to capture that elusive "free lunch".

Is there really such a thing as a free lunch?
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Quoted: "Shortly before his death in June 1988, Louis L'Amour completed writing his most unique adventure story: a personal reflection on his lifelong love affair with learning.

Education of a Wandering Man, in which L'Amour vividly recalls many of the books he read, the places he visited, and the people he met that catalyzed his evolution as a writer."
15 March 2019
C
12:39
Charles
To be wealthy is first and foremost to have optimum health of body, mind and spirit, in otherwords, to possess wholistic health.

Beyond wholistic health, it is the freedom to be able to go and do whatever you want, wherever you want, whenever you want, without harm to other living things.

The greatest physical barriers to quality of life, healthful living and sound thinking are nicotine, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals.

Pure laziness, lack of self-respect, and a general lack of care and concern holds most people back from achieving their full potential.

The most difficult thing for an older adult to do is to look back upon an unfulfilled life and admit they are fully to blame, or even partially to blame, thereby keeping them blind, ignorant and in a state of slavery.

Unrecognized and hidden fear hold most people back, a fear of contagion, or a fear of looking foolish, or standing out carries much more weight than any fear or concern for the loss of personal liberties, freedom or enlightenment.
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14:44
Charles
I found a nice nearby library for working, but have not yet been able to get the Koompi working environment operational.

Goleta Branch Library

https://osmand.net/go?lat=34.447582&lon=-119.83011
16 March 2019
C
10:57
Charles
17 March 2019
C
13:23
Charles
Christian message and meal by well meaning preacher man and his family. How kind of him, but I am not hungry because I have been eating too much over the past month.
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All vegan meal and even a gluten free option.
18 March 2019
C
10:38
Charles
Naturally, Isla Vista is a very beautiful location.

This Sunday morning meal is an outdoor Christian church service.
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The event organizers are concerned with being very clean and sanitary.

Every thing is done up just right.
10:42
Here is my old friend John.

He lives and works on the streets all day and all night, and is often exhausted during the day from working so hard.

He has many physical disabilities and also doesn't think correctly.
10:45
John seems very content with his life outdoors.

It's a difficult puzzle for me to understand.

Many here living outdoors have equally disabled lives.
10:46
This is his work trailer, and he also has several more rolling collection baskets.
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This video is seven years old, and I've known John since 2002.

John is also known as "bucketman" because he collects all sorts of useable buckets and plastic containers from the garbage.

Another video shows maps to all his hidden dumping spots.

They are now forgotten and just a pile of rubbish.

Buckets, rolls of carpet, cardboard boxes, bicycles, food ...

https://youtu.be/FtNYjH3mgUo
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And all I have is this touring bicycle. Should I feel deprived?

My homeless friend John mentioned above has an issue with possessions, as do many in the developed world.
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12:26
Charles
The two photos above are taken from the same spot, with a 360 degree twist.

The north-south Pacific coast bike route is here, along the infamous Hollister Avenue.

Each day I pass through this intersection, often several times.

When the weather is beautiful and sunny like this, which is most all the time, it seems almost paradisical, except for the auto traffic, of course.

In days of old, this was among one of the most beautiful places in the world to live, but not anymore.

So don't think you want to live in southern California ... the taxes are impossible, and everything is taxed, except for the homeless people who know how to play the system.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=34.43031&lon=-119.85989
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Deckers Brands world headquarters.
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Cabrillo Business Park
Hollister Ave
Carneros Road
Just south of my campsite.
C
15:04
Charles
Here's an experimental website.

http://www.bikepaths.org
19 March 2019
C
16:53
Charles
Pulled up my camp once and for all this morning.
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Leaving a little something behind.
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Pathway to my toilet
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All clean, not a trace left behind.
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California style graffiti ... often includes stickers like these.
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As rich as rich gets in America. Absolutely beautiful area.

https://osmand.net/go?lat=34.412804&lon=-119.77347
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The neighborhood is very nice.
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Odd plant in California.

Some sort of succulent.
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Old fig tree in Santa Barbara
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Look at the roots ... Planted in 1876
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Old railroad coach parked next to the tree.
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It's why I love living under trees.
20 March 2019
C
13:15
Charles
Along the Pacific Coast Highway approaching Ventura, traveling south.
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Flags and Guns ...
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Armed Response
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Nice neighborhood ... Watch the video below and you can see what life is like on the other side of the house.
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Detail of the entrance.
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More detail.
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California Style ...
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Since 1914, year my dad was born.
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The Big Bear State ... The Republic of California ... It's not a democracy, it's a republic.
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Heafty fine if you're caught. A good social deterrent.
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Detail
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More detail
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Many motor campers enjoy this area all year through.
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Look up close ... California style advertising ...
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Nothing but a message ...
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This one is unique ...
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Do you know Ernest Hemingway?
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Wide view.
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Detail
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16:42
"I was a stranger, and ye took me in."
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CS - California Style - good name.
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CS - unique fonts.
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CS - good idea.
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A fleet of water trailers.
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In the UK, the sign would say "please" and "thank you".
16:44
Below is a series of artwork along the Ventura - Ojai bicycle trail, a very lovely trail which is a beautiful year round exercise trail.

All the lamposts have been vandalized.

This is my favorite.
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Full view ... Vandalism
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This is the area.

Highly recommend the trail to Ojai!
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The following is a detail of the murals on this community center.

Ventura is a very artistic community with many murals and little graffiti.

You get the message.

The people are friendly here.
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Ventura is a very well managed city and county.

Many, many good photos I passed by.

Seems like a tolerable place to live.
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18:25
Charles
Good message.

I believe in it.
18:26
Plenty of excellent period architecture.

A graphic designer would be able to open a new way of seeing things here.

So much excellent art and graphic design.
21 March 2019
C
15:41
Charles
15:47
The story behind the house below.
15:51
A magical look ...
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Beautiful sign. I went in to hopefully enjoy a sweat, but there was no one to be found.
C
19:32
Charles
A wise old owl hadn't yet learned to stay away from the traffic.
19:32
A mobile memorial for the natural world.
19:33
Margaret's kitchen ... exactly where I am headed ... to see my sister Margaret in New Mexico.
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21:22
Charles
The highways of America are fairly clean of litter, although I do find many illegal dump sites of toxic waste.

This is because one must pay a fee to dispose of toxic waste.
23 March 2019
C
10:56
Charles
10:56
This part of America has many hot rodder race car drivers who love to race their engines, squeal their wheels, waste their money on gasoline, and act like they are tough guys (and maybe some tough girls?).

They might own a small sporty car, a huge oversized useless truck, or even a lincoln cruiser.

If they have so much money to waste, I wonder why America is said to be headed toward bankrupcy?

America is the most expensive place to live in most all the world, yet they continue to throw money away.

Hollywood movies teach these youth how to behave, and Hollywood movies teach our youth many many more wrong and senseless behaviors.

Zoom Zoom
and
Boom Boom
are the predominant theme on American streets.

The kids rule the streets here, like thugs and bullies,while the so called authority is powerless.

Policing is being replaced by cameras, and in some places, sound sensors.

Traffic tickets are automatically sent to the driver's legal mailbox, making them outlaws if they don't pay up.

Some of the very few more enlightened communities understand the link between crime and noise.

The boom boomers and zoom zoomers are a menace to society.

They are the terrorists, who rob communities of peace, aside from the danger they present, and the bad example they set for the younger children growing up.

Let's put an end to this, all you sleeping everyday Americans.

The modified muffler business and the subwoofer installers are soon to be closing down and unemployed.

This basically useless industrial equipment out on the open streets and in our business and residential areas.

Why are Americans so dead and unaware of what is happening right under their noses?

Too many prescription drugs?

Or is it all the tobacco, alcohol and spectator sports?

Maybe it's because they're all really just fat and happy.
C
11:13
Charles
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Above - they have so much money and lack of common sense they sit there with one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator spinning their right rear wheel burning it up while they scare the pavement.

Money for gasoline, money for tires, money for a destroyed car., money for amphetamine drinks and money, money for drugs and alcohol, and money for sexual stimulants.

What exactly fuels this madness that plagues the whole country?

No where else in the world.
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Above - the 3D holographic packaging found on the side of the road literally costs thousands of times more than the white powder capsule inside.

13 dollars plus tax so you can feel like a real man.

Only in America ...
11:28
Apparently a joint project with the prisons and the firefighters.
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I didn't enter.
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California signage is typically always quite specific.
11:30
A grand vista while climbing the Pacific Crest.
11:33
It appears anyone can mine for rock and gravel here ...
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It doesn't appear this guy has an exclusive right, but it seems he has a key.
11:33
A very well constructed tunnel, 1953
C
12:07
Charles
Once you've crossed the Pacific Crest, it becomes clear you're entering the desert.
24 March 2019
C
19:16
Charles
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As of now, this is what I've done for the past few days since leaving the Pacific coast.
C
19:35
Charles
Warm during the day, cold at night.

Is it called a Joshua tree?
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Close up of the Joshua tree I'm camped beneath.
19:38
Found three wallets on the side of the road during a span of three days since leaving the coast, while finding none in Europe or UK.

What might we conclude from this?
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A very different world than life along the coast.

This part of California, Arizona and New Mexico have similar scenery.
19:45
It's a short piece of old thick natural cotton rope, an artifact of some sort found in the desert near my campsite above.
25 March 2019
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12:02
Charles
C
21:30
Charles
Crossing the Mojave Desert this week ... some web photos ...

https://yandex.com/images/touch/search?source=collections&text=mojave+desert
26 March 2019
Solveig Lamberg joined group by link from Charles DiBella
Karen Mortensen joined group by link from Charles DiBella
29 March 2019
C
17:56
Charles
I'm considering the lower Tucson route, even though longer, there's less climbing, although the most scenic would be the middle Phoenix route.

Highlighted in blue is the northern Flagstaff route.

https://goo.gl/maps/fh72rPTc5vx
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18:27
Charles
Tucson route - longer, more traffic, much less climbing.
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Flagstaff route ...
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Apache Sitgreaves Forest route ...
Michael Kemmler joined group by link from Charles DiBella
30 March 2019
C
09:17
Charles
I've been in Yucca Valley visiting friends for nearly a week.

Among other things, my friend Karen has sewn together a bivoac sack for my sleeping bag in exchange for technical work.

This is the first time since beginning my travels more than a year ago that I have had an opportunity to sleep indoors and seriously regroup my equipment.

In consideration of which of the three possible routes to take above, I think it may be best to take the middle route.

At this time of year though, it seems likely I will encounter snow and cold in the higher elevations.
31 March 2019
C
15:03
Charles
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Above photo set -

These are all 3D art works, sculptures ...

My friend Karen is an artist, and I have been staying in her art studio, so I am surrounded by many fabulous works of art.

Her whole house is full of art, similar to visiting a museum.
15:09
A simple plastic chair, made beautiful through crochet.

Very functional and durable.