Arizona Travels

The road traveled to O’Hare Airport, I-88, is not the way to ease the mind and prepare for a four-hour flight westward when flying typically makes one uneasy. I-88 is the definition of Chicago-driving with utter havoc and ever shuffling chaos. Perhaps, letting the anxiety escalate prior to arrival to the airport would calm some down in preparing for flying. And I think it did calm me. Being a cyclist, I can go months without ever being in a vehicle. An IPA, did also, help calm my nerves before flying.

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Arizona is an extremely diverse state and, within a week, I experienced most its awesomeness. I’ve earned my MTBing badge by biking, by myself, in Sedona red rocks for the very first time. Riding over wet boulders and rocks on the cliff side did not excite me much, yet, extruded survival skills. I am not ashamed that at certain points, I was terrified, and walked my rental bike.

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The Grand Canyon truly is grand. It is literally too awesome to stare at for too long. And due to a partial government shutdown bullshit, the walkways were layered with pure ice. Luckily, there was a safety railing saving hundreds from their plummeting death that day.

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Phoenix has millions (like five) of different cactuses that are wonderfully approachable and huggable. One hug and done. Phoenix/Arizona also likes to make my stay longer than planned. Due to horrific wintery conditions in Illinois, my flight cancellation extended my vacation 48 more hours. And years ago, due to an Arizonan monsoon, my flight was canceled. I am a sunshine addict and maybe the sunshine is addicted to me… Or it could be matching energies.

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I had a wonderful trip out West. I learned that I enjoy diversity in people and weather throughout one day. I learned that MTBing is extremely difficult. I learned how friendly Arizonans are. I relearned that assumptions do not usually bring closure. I was reminded heights and ice are my worst enemies. And when combined, it is my kryptonite. Arizona restaurants are mostly Vegetarian/Vegan friendly. Arizona beers are OK, but Chicago/midwest beers reign supreme. Currently, in Northern Illinois, it is negative 25 degrees and feels like negative 56.

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Stay warm out their, friends!

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CHEERS

 

2018

Ups, downs, twists and turns were my 2018 on Earth. Strongly addicted to the sun, 2019’s goal is to exploit this addiction. Winter in the midwest is ever dreary – depleting my mojo, yo. If you experience the harsh winter, hang in there. Be positive:)

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Please, take more quality photos, ride more bikes, enjoy good local brews and cook your own food:) Don’t forget to get plenty of sunlight. It’s the only reason that we’re alive.

Plant Protein Super Cluster Tacoisms

A quick comparision between Flour Tortillas and Corn Tortillas. The comparision was between Mission (™) Flour Tortillas (20 in package) @ $2.99 = $0.15 per serving & El Milagro (™) Corn Tortillas (36 in package) @ $1.39 = $0.04 per serving.

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Flour Tortilla = 110 calories, 3 g protein, 2.5 g fat, 18 g carbs

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Corn Tortilla = 50 calories, 1 g protein, 0 g fat, 12 g carb

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Ride a Bike. Drink a Beer. Make your own Food. Take Pics.

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Cheers.

 

RideOn

This story starts out going for a bicycle ride to the most Vegan friendly grocery store, which happens to be the furthest, to grab ingredients and good Beer being craved.

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Dissecting road and trail angles, bends and hills with wind in the face and blood rushed variables, through town and through the brain, the mind opens and ponders craved ingredients into a recipe concept.

After purchases are made, the mind Rides developing certain techniques of how these ingredients can come together.

A stop is made in a beautiful park. A Beer is enjoyed. A few pictures are captured. The miniature journey continues and evolves into a day of Bike Riding, Creating and (somewhat responsible:) Consumption.

Workdays interrupt these days from happening consecutively, but not by much.

Be Free.

RideOn.

Cheers.

Ⓥ Taco Pi

The Bean Sauce/Dip was reused from yesterday:)

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Bean Sauce

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Ⓥ Taco Protein consisted of Garbanzo Beans, Tofu, Boca Ⓥ Crumbles, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Veggie Broth, Sugar, Sea Salt, Pepper, Lemon Juice, Carrot, Cilantro and slight Oil.

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The Pizza Pi was constructed deliciously with Bean Sauce, Taco Protein, Daiya, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Olives and Shallot.

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A bike ride in light rain was enjoyed with a couple of good Beers.

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Happy Sunday. CHEERS

German Beer Mustard

Through the spring snow, through the freezing rain and through my own sanity, a nice, lengthy visit was made to the parents a few weeks ago. The trip helped me realize all the little things in life that my careers tediousness takes away from. To sum it up simply, I cannot truly receive packages that require a signature, because I’m always at work.

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This winter, in the midwest, has been painful, grueling and never-ending. Perhaps, the weather got to my head, but money isn’t everything. Time is money. Passionate hobbies should not decrease to better others dreams. I quit my job this last weekend.

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“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

-Stephen Hawking

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While visiting my parents, homemade Mustard was created in two separate batches.

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German Beer was used for both.

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Yellow & Brown Mustard Seeds, Garlic, Beer, Allspice, Sea Salt, Tarragon, Turmeric, Brown Sugar and Wasabi Powder were carefully combined and set at room temperature before blending, cooking and cooling.

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Keep exploring. Do the things that you LOVE. And don’t let anyone (but yourself) take them away from you.

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CHEERS