January 13, 2012
I love hearing stories well told. Spinning a yarn is a gift, and this man has it. Kat and I were cycling in the Deep South and camped in the yard of two delightful hosts. Late in the evening, sitting around their kitchen table, I asked the gentleman to tell me a story off the top of his head. It ended up being about an experience he had while hunting wild hog.
I'm not a hunter. I shot a BB gun when I was a kid. If my abilities as a ten-year-old were any indication, it's a good thing my survival didn't depend on shooting wild game.
It's what I love most about travel -- getting to experience opinions, cultures, and ways of life that are different than my own.
I don't think this gentlemen had ridden a bike since he was a kid. I hope he enjoyed having a couple of bicycle travelers roll into his life, as much as we enjoyed his company ... and his stories.
Photo by Willie Weir
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road, and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at http://yellowtentadventures.com.