Today we’re driving Portland to Seattle then flying Seattle -Lax then soon heading home to Melbourne, Australia.
Portland was rad and i managed to scream out Bicycle rights ! at a few hapless dudes as we drove into town
After almost five weeks in the States i’ve started to instinctively look the right way when crossing the road, also learned how to tip again and even have a basic layout of your typical Wholefoods in my head for quick reference. These useful life lessons will soon be forgotten under the relentless blaze of the Australian sun. See below for what a typical morning in Australia holds for me
I went to do some laps in the hotel pool this morning but they put the lane rope across the pool instead of along it. Leaving me just about two body lengths to lap and kick turn. After four hundred of these i’d swum only 70 meters and vomited on the side of the pool from dizziness.
We might stop at Mt St Helen’s on the way. I was totally fascinated with this as a kid and used to sit on our thunderbox reading the National Geographic special with photos of it bulging and then exploding all over Washington State.
Check out this fantastic song by Melbourne ex band St Helens
After that adventure it’s just lots of flying over the Pacific Ocean. I have the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series with me to pass the time. I’m usually more of a Jean Genet type but the Tyrian Lannister ‘sex midget with a powerful mind’ character is a big draw and strikes me as having a kind of Melburnian countenance.
The trick to conquering jet lag is complicated but here are my latest theories
*Don’t drink booze on the plane. Booze is for the start of long trips anyway. Return trips are more sombre affairs usually as you come home to pick up the pieces of your pointless life
*Don’t eat Egg products on the plane. They kind of plasticize inside you and your body makes you stay awake for a week in the vain hope of digesting them
* Schedule your flight to arrive in the morning. Go out for some light exercise in the sun . Swimming is good because the Vitamin D gets in through the back of your knees which is the most permeable skin on the human body after nether regions and these are hard to expose and prone to sunburn.
* Stay up til 9pm at least and then take some Melatonin and try to make it through til 6am.
* Repeat the next day.
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On the way i stopped off at the grave of my astral messiah Jimi Hendrix. It was bleak there and i felt pretty bummed out. Especially hated on his evil manager Mike Jeffery who’s hopefully on an eternal spit roast
Ok i’m off now see you on the other side