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If a sailors dinghy is their SUV then their bike is an urban assault vehicle, each very important tools when it comes to self sufficiency and reducing reliance on complicated and expensive alternatives. With four full days off I feel like I should have more free time than I do but I’ve been working around the clock getting Sookie ready for our big trip. On top of that I’m packing my bug out bag for Maui and trying to make a minimalist gear list for my next and undecided cycle tour on my Brompton.

Sailing around the world

I had a pocket full of cash and my lockers are pretty bare so inbetween all of the craziness and before the impending rain I jumped on Brompty for a quick trip to the hardwear store, then the marine store, craft shoppe, co-op, grocery store and post office.  Everything fit between my Toppo klettersac, bike rack and my Brompton T-bag, it was quite a pile and felt good to feel my little Steele steed fully loaded again.

I’m still surprised each time I load her up how well balanced she is and how easy she rides.  For the first time since returning from my coast tour I didn’t experience any knee pain which means I can start riding more and also start running again to burn some of the lazy fat I have accumulated from the recovery couch.  Nothing feels better than getting out and using my body to cover a pile of miles.  There aren’t any hills on this little island but Orcas has a baby mountain and it’s just a hop skip and a jump away, I’m hoping to ride to the top at least once a week till I set off again.

In the meantime I’m working in a fun project, should Sookie do something silly like turn upsidown I need all my lockers to be able to fasten shut.  No I’m not planning on rolling her but I did put her mast in the water one time when I was being a bonehead. A lot of people think a boat will just round and they usually do but a huge sustained hit can and will hold your side for a bit. Mainly I have 11 lockers that need to be lachable.  Once I’m convinced it’s the right method I’ll be adding teak latches, simple, strong and safe.

When I rebuilt Sookies mast I did it with the theory at least that if she rolled 360 degrees that her mast would stay up, that is a big theory and I still need to replace her chain plates and finish her fixed backs but we’re close.  With a little luck I’ll do is in April when I rebuild her rudder and add her wind vane.  My list is long but all the projects are easy ones, this is going to be my best winter aboard ever.  All of my money and time go towards making Sookie more seaworthy vs more rescueable, Ill discuss this at some point but it’s a very touchy subject with more and more people hitting the panic button every year due to very easily avoidable situations.  I’m surprised cruising boats even carry life rafts in this day in age when all you have to do is push a button and you will be safely delivered to the nearest bar with no fee applied and no questions asked…

“Over the years, Americans in particular have been all too willing to squander their hard-earned independence and freedom for the illusion of feeling safe under someone else’s authority. The concept of self-sufficiency has been undermined in value over a scant few generations. The vast majority of the population seems to look down their noses upon self-reliance as some quaint dusty relic, entertained only by the hyperparanoid or those hopelessly incapable of fitting into mainstream society.”
― Cody Lundin, When All Hell Breaks Loose: