I left Henry and Louise’s place in Weyburn, Saskatchewan at 10:30 am yesterday. I rolled into the motel in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at 12:48 am. Allowing for the time zone change and maybe one hour for eats and gas, I was driving for 12 hours. Oh Bruce, you silly goose. When I was planning this trip a couple of months ago in the comfort of my man chair, I thought “Three days to get home from Lance’s. No sweat.” Wrong.
I decided that the wilds of North Dakota and Minnesota would be perfect for listening to Ken Wilber non-stop. He’s a spiritual teacher whom I really like. So I enjoyed about 9 hours of Ken and me. He has so many cool ideas. Here’s just one:
Ken talks about “The Pre/Trans Fallacy”. His contention is that in our rational world, some people assume that anything non-rational is basically infantile, not allowing for the possibility that some behaviours outside of rational may come from a higher level of consciousness than the thinking mind. So … I’ve been trying to convince myself that what I often do with supermarket cashiers is the epitome of maturity. (By the way, I pronounce that word “e-pi-toe-m”, just for fun.) When it’s time for my debit card, I plug it into the machine, which I then hold to my ear like a phone. A brief but impactful conversation with my mother then ensues. “Hey mom. How are the clouds today … cirrus? … cumulus?” I’m sure you can detect the evolved being right away. Anyway, it’s fun, whether pre or trans.
Blissing out on Mr. Ken, I also had to embrace the world of semi-trailers and hills. After dark, east of Minneapolis, and fortified with a cup of coffee, I was still fading some. It felt like the road ahead was one endless hill, for at least half an hour. Maybe it was, or perhaps my mind had created a vision of upwardness.
Earlier, knowing that a midnight arrival was likely, I passed lots of vehicles and was usually 10 kph over the speed limit. Neither of those choices were “me”, or so I thought, but maybe I should expand my definition of Bruceness. In the late evening, I had no more oomph for passing so I quietly stayed behind a climbing (?) semi for many miles. Oh, for another coffee, but there was no neon until I took the exit in Eau Claire.
As you can tell from the existence of this e-mail, I made it. And I’ll make it again today. According to Google Maps, I’m 11 hours and 6 minutes from my home in Union, Ontario. Plus another time zone change. And the possibility of a border delay. I better get going.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll write my last road trip blog post. It’s bittersweet. I’ve sure enjoyed talking to you cyber folks.