The Circumnavigator

Part 1:
A 400 Mile Race Against Time and Mechanical Failure

My transportation.

"Ya taking ya life in ya hands ma boy!"
--Shouted from the car next to me at a red light

When I found out that I was going to Hawaii to help with some research and explore I knew I would need a way to get around. I couldn't afford to rent a car and there were things all over the island that I wanted to see. Despite getting told I was crazy an idea began to form; take the time I would need to circumnavigate the entire island and use a bicycle. The plan was simple, as soon as I got there I would purchase an inexpensive bicycle and trailer and sell them when I had completed the journey.

When I arrived across the pacific ocean I found myself in Hilo, the largest city on the island. Taking a taxi to the local shopping emporiums I acquired my transporation and provisions. Finding a trailer proved to be difficult, they were out of stock at the first two suppliers. At the third a large two-child carrier was on display but I was told that none were in stock. In desperation I explained myself to the manager, who approved my purchase of display model. The journey could begin.

It was a sunny morning I set out to ascend 4000 feet from sea level to the Kilauea volcano caldera where I would camp. As I pulled slowly away from the sanctuary of town, dark clouds gathered ominously on the horizon. Within the hour huge drops of cold rain began to fall and the wind gusting down from the hills ahead threatened to push me backwards.

During my second night there, as the rain poured down, my bivy sack developed a leak. Quickly soaking my sleeping bag and warm clothes I carefully made my way from my campsite to a park bathroom. Curling up on the damp concrete floor I cursed everything that had brought me to this point.

I suffered terribly in my first days. For a while I began to feel that Hawai'i, a place many call paradise, had finally beaten me. In time I began to learn to deal with the weather here but in those early days I regretted every step that took me further into the unknown.


See the world, they
told me...

bayou goula towhead

the sea test

the circumnavigator pt5
the circumnavigator pt4
the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
falling dream
the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
he will return
the believers
the horror pt2
the horror pt1
death valley

paradise of outlaws
the mountain climbers 1&2
brought to surface
one hell of a mile 3
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north

steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sinister 2
sinister 1
new chapter

like sedona?
torn in two
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
pick up lines

revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
in their footsteps
a dance with death

casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
sw5: gold!
sw4: el calderon
sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
sw1: westward bound
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning