Well, I’m not actually going fishin’ since I don’t fish—I’m just shifting schedule for the summer. I take the summer off from writing the Tuesday Column because it gives my readers a rest and gives me one too.
So, as usual, I write a final column of the school year the Tuesday before graduation. This week’s column completes the 15th year of the “Tuesday Column’s” presence on the Internet. Before the Internet was popular this column was monthly, starting in 1981—then it was called the “Cadre Memo.” Before that… well, never mind.
As for my summer, here’s what I’m up to this year…..
Meetings, writing, preparing, gardening. I’ll be winding up my leadership class in IWU’s new seminary in a few weeks and simultaneously planting my garden which has doubled in size this year—not because I need more tomatoes but because I live next to a nursing home and the residents love picking fresh stuff from “our” garden. My denomination is holding a big symposium June 4-5 and I’ve got some chapters of a textbook I’ve got to finish up along with some other new writing and prepare for next year’s courses. But these are not items of great interest to most readers—you would rather hear about hiking and biking.
Backpacking. I’ll be doing a bit of private backpacking this summer. I no longer hike with students (they go too fast) but I still get some secret solo walking in. I’ll probably do a quick warm-up hike of the Knobstone Trail in May. I’ve done that trail a dozen times but it is always new (and always hard on my knees). Of course I always secretly visit my first love—the Appalachian Trail—and I shall again this summer. I’ve done the AT once and a half time but always get restored when I return. I don’t announce those dates or locations or it wouldn’t be secret any more.
Bicycling the Divide. My recent vacation interest is bicycling. I’ve logged a couple thousand miles since last summer and am starting to gets serious about it. In early June I’m heading off with my best friend, Biology professor Burt Webb, to ride down the Continental Divide… we’ll be starting in Rawlins, Wyoming and headed south down the Divide through Colorado—we’ll see how near New Mexico we get in a few weeks. I’d like to finish the Great Divide Route in four summers—maybe quicker. We’re both riding Salsa Fargos, which is a dream of an off-road bike specifically designed for the Great Divide. This is a high route so I’m a little worried about attitude challenges and all the climbing.
Bicycling the Erie Canal. For a family vacation in July, Sharon and I plan to bicycle the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, NY. Here we can stay in motels and B&Bs so it will be my luxury vacation of the summer. Last summer we rode the C&O/GAP route from Washington DC to Pittsburg and we loved it so we are trying another canal for this summer’s vacation.
See you again next fall. The Tuesday Column will return next fall—by the first week of school. I’ve got some great ideas for columns then, plus we’ll be regularly releasing audio files for ipod listening to the old Strategetics models from 30 years ago. While some of these old concepts are now out of date, many are still as true as they were in the early 1980’s.
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Keith Drury April 27, 2010