Tuesday, November 21, 2006


though a whole-hearted attempt was made, cycling where land is no longer land and where the atlantic and the pacific become one proved a bit tricky. so i decided to pose...

...yes indeed family, friends, loved ones....and even you. this ride has ridden itself out...

...i have reached destinations that were but dreams on that day, over 16 months ago, when i started pedalling from canada...

...and i have come, how do i not cliche this?, to the end of the road. this sign ¨proves¨ it. and proof is good...

...in fact, some would argue that proof is even necessary for belief. but i can´t truly prove anything. in fact, i might just be some dunkin´ donuts´ disciple based in nebraska with high tech photo-editing software and way too much time on my hands. i do have a thing for munchkins...

...but let´s forgo all this foolishness. this is a very serious moment.

so how about a little recap of the last leg? in addition, this will build anticipation for those three haikus that i spent months composing.

the three towers and one frozen fool in torres del paine national park, patagonia

do birds of prey pray?

a water fountain on a mountain

home sweet home

yes, spring has sprung...

...but fresh snow still falls.

when most people conjure up images of patagonia, they think of picturesque scenes like this......

...or like this...

...or even this...

...but the truth of the matter is, 95% of patagonia - and i hope this doesn´t spoil anything for you - is actually this:

can you see the three fingers of the glacier?...

...when those fingers cut their nails (you see, it´s simply manicurial matters, not this guileful ¨global warming¨ garbage), some of the clippings end up here.

some fancy footwork on a side trip. it´s pictures like these that hopefully metamorphosize me from just a bum on a bike to, perhaps, the greatest american hero.

i do not wish to be buried. i do not wish to be incinerated. in fact, i do not wish to die. ever.

this tree was set apart, or, conceivably, set itself apart from all the others. i can empathize with that. and for that very reason, i did not hug it, but rather, simply saluted it.

pictures don´t lie, i am a small man.

these signs warn of mines. but when nature calls, there is no such thing as voicemail. i dug carefully and left a little mine of my own.

again, the patagonia of posters and postcards. disturbingly, i prefer those sheep.

my last night on the road. it was a sad one. it was a good one.

if there is a picture that can symbolize how i feel about the three americas being behind me, then:

without further ado; the haikus:

please permit a pause
it´s home for the holidays
family! friends! fun!

imagine, i can´t
a life without my three wheels
and so, the next step?

plane ticket purchased
africa awaits! can´t wait!
mOrOccO, i go!

it might be quibbled that the third line of the first stanza is only four syllables, hence negating it from true haiku status. to those who who would voice such contention, i can only offer this proof: fam-uh-lee.

another rhubarb might be that no one cares. and i just might be the only one who would squabble with that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations H! Wonderful to read it all. Hope you enjoy those dreams and continue new ones.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Anonymous Ted said...

Awesome photos, awesome trip! Thanks for including me in it via these blogs. Now, I'm anxiously awaiting my vicarious journey across Africa! Travel safely!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take care Hirsch -- thanks for letting us go too

Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Anonymous unca joe said...

The trip isn't over...you're just taking some time off the bike.
Look forward to seeing you in Minnesota for Thanksgiving.

Unca Joe KiTtY, and the family

Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Blogger STEADY D said...

HIRSCH!!!!! you did it man! and now mama africa, eh? damn son, you never cease to amaze me...

i look forward to the day when we may rendezvous and talk some more crazy talk like that which we shared near the outset of this big journey. seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? that's because it was! you have seen more in the last 16 months than many will see in a hundred years! yes!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Anonymous Gayle said...

What wonderful photos!! and love the haiku!! On to Africa! Hopefully I will get to meet up with you when you come back home! Take care and have a safe trip home!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Blogger R3dcurlz said...

Haha, you're fabulous.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Blogger Corrinek said...

Those of us in graduate school live vicariously through you as well, Hirsch, and only dream of doing the things you have done. You are a strong person for enduring so much, and I don't just mean the lonely nights and cold weather. You are an inspiration in many ways. Congrats!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hirsch---It has been a Great Trip. Thanks for the vicarious ride along. I hope you can relax for awhile before your next adventure. Keep us posted.

Matt, in Alaska

Tuesday, November 21, 2006  
Blogger powstash said...

YEA H! It seems so long ago that a buddy sent me an e-mail about "this guy biking from....". I thank you for letting us ride with you.

Are you going to shave the beard? (an all important question.) Touch base with me and I'll help you get outfitted for Africa.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on finishing an epic trip/journey! Enjoy your next one!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006  
Blogger Andrew said...

Wow, seems like I blinked and then you are, down at the windy tip.

I don't always understand what your are writing about, but I've certainly enjoyed the trip from my air conditioned office.

Looking forward to Africa.

Thursday, November 23, 2006  
Anonymous Coco Brush said...

Your posts I have read - but I just know there are other stories..tons! I want to hear them all. Thank you for allowing us to ride with you and with the others who post comments - we have all become a faternal family because of you.
HUGS cannot do enough.
Coco & John Brush/St. Helena,CA.

Thursday, November 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hirsch my man, I think of that day in WA that I almost caught you, everybody kept saying he's just ahead, he's just ahead, don't stop, to the point that I put in another 40+ mile day and still did not find you until the next morning hiding out in your tent. You just never stop and I admire that greatly. Africa away


Monday, November 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

new years... mountains... dInnEr...but can he still roll the dice...

Friday, December 01, 2006  
Anonymous ginger said...

Hirsch! Finally caught up on the blogs this morning during Makayla's nap. Sorry I'm a bit behind and haven't emailed in a while. We're excited to see you soon!! :) Hope the states are treating you well so far.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006  
Anonymous Jackie & Alessio said...

Well done, Robert! Speaking from the Garbarino side of the family I must say we are proud of you for your endurance and meeting your goal. It would not be my choice to travel your way, but then I am old you are not, and after all it is your way. Hope you are enjoying the holidays with the family and we send you all out best. You will have to take up sailing to visit us!
Love, Jackie and Alessio
Grand Turk

Sunday, December 10, 2006  
Anonymous Beth said...

Hey Congratulations!
A friend of ours we hiked the CDT with in 2006 gave us your blog and we want to thank you for sharing your most entertaining and profound thoughts on life, etc...
It´s still raining and snowing down here in Patagonia!
Mucha suerte en sus proximas aventuras!

Thursday, December 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us all know about the next leg of the journey, man. I think you should get a ski sponsorship and hit the Alps.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow i love your pictures ... good luck in Africa!

Monday, December 25, 2006  
Anonymous nick thomas said...

WOW! What an awesome adventure! Man i found your blog through your comment on the san-fran to tierra del fuego Moped Guys site. They are comrades in the Moped Army. I have been on my own roadtrip driving a 1959 VW Bus around the Western States.
I'm in seattle now, your trip is amazing and a huge inspiration.
God Bless.

Sunday, December 31, 2006  
Blogger Cammie said...

I'm planning an adventure and your blog has been the most interesting and inspiring one so far in many many hours of googling.
I have 6 weeks to cycle in Latin America and it's nice to see it's possible. Do you have any suggestions for a 6 week trip, 70 miles a day more or less depending on hills and winds and roads? I'd be going in July.
My blog is cameronbyerley.blogspot.com
my email is byerleco@whitman.edu

Sunday, January 07, 2007  
Anonymous ur cuz zac said...

hey whats happinin rob cant wait to see you its been so long. but congrats on making it to the southern most city in the world!hope it feels amazing,because it should it is an awesome feat and i couldnt be happier for you. hope you have as much fun on your next adventure.when you get to clarion we will have to talk about USHUAIA

until then...

Saturday, January 20, 2007  
Blogger ohrana said...

Hirschi! My Utah email address has been disconnected, I was worried I lost you! I hope you still check your blog. Email me at ohrana@biochem.duke.edu. I won't be here long, either -- I got a job, i am moving, so you'd better write me soon!

Friday, January 26, 2007  
Anonymous your fave cuz Katie said...

Hey Robert! I hope you are doing well. We are baptizing Keegan this weekend and I got to thinking of his middle name (Graeme) and my dad which always sparks Garbarino thoughts and you were one I though of. I hope to see you soon. Brian is very excited to see you again as well. Hope your travels are safe and if you have Zach's email address, send it to me at krgarbarino@hotmail.com. I really enjoy your site! Miss you!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007  

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