A handful of gravel

And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

— T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (I.27-30)

Not a handful of dust. More than 300 miles of Iowa gravel. In April 2013.

Photo by Steve Fuller

There is excitement, anticipation — and also fear.


Now the real work begins. Training. Testing. Practice.

2 thoughts on “A handful of gravel

  1. You’re doing TransIowa???? That’s awesome! I really wanted Ed and I to sign up for it on tandem (as it’s my home state and it would make for a great challenge), but I chickened out this round. Maybe next year. Good luck, and I look forward to reading about your training as well as the event itself!

  2. Yep, Trans-Iowa. I’m still a little surprised at myself, given the year that I’ve had, but there it is. And it will keep me focused over the winter.

    I don’t know that anyone has successfully completed TI on a tandem, unlike the rest of the gravel races in the Midwest. That would certainly be something.

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