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I swiveled the computer chair around to greet BJ coming up the stairs at his house in Austin. "I have too much time to write and it shows. I'm just going on and on and on about little things and blowing up my thoughts into huge journal entries." He knew how easy this was to do. Sometimes it's necessary, other times it isn't, and "Sometimes", BJ replied, "it needs to be about how many hamburgers you ate".

Remember when I said I had more than my fair share of serendipity on this tour? Well, considering that I am obsessed with the Lord of the Rings, reference it a billion times throughout the journal, like to pretend I'm a halfling and read "The Hobbit" for the first time while crossing Texas, this encounter just seemed to make sense. And look! I know all the characters!



Why does it look like those eagles are carrying people?
I cycled passed the sign. Then I saw the Shire. "HOLY SHIT THOSE ARE HOBBITS!"

Thror's map.

Shadowfax. He is the Lord of all Horses and has been my friend through many dangers.


"'Do we really have to go through Mirkwood?', groaned the hobbit. 'Yes, you do!' said the wizard, 'if you want to get to the other side. You must either go through or give up your quest... there are no safe paths in this part of the world.'"


The Wargs of Wilderland!

Are you seeing this?!?!!

Bard and the Black Arrow :-)

Me treasures!

Never too old to be a kid.

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