When you see trees in your travels remember, not only are they amazing to look at but they actually communicate with each other. Trees share water and nutrients through the networks, and also use them to communicate. They send distress signals about drought and disease, for example, or insect attacks, and other trees alter their behavior when they receive these messages. I love sitting and sleeping amongst the trees when I travel!
I hope someone plants a cedar tree over my ashes.
Training further inclines Trimble street, Cypress Mountain for Maui attempts of Haleakala summit next month. Have some great support from locals, and some businesses for lung cancer charity. Fundraiser dinner in Lahaina that night. Stay tuned.
Experienced users of ayahuasca advise against consuming ayahuasca when not in the presence of one or several well-trained shamans. A real shamanic experience is with ayahuasca. The formula varies, but the beverage always contains the bark of the vine Banisteriopsis caapi as well as leaves of a bush that supply a hallucinogen called dimethyltryptamine Ayahuasca is most commonly consumed by indigenous communities in liquid form as part of shamanic rituals designed to communicate with celestial supernatural forces or the spirits of the forest. Taking ayahuasca can result in visions, intense emotions and recollection of painful memories.
The Huichol tribe live in a sacred place where one can experience a true Shaman. They are only a small tribe of approximately 35,000 living in central western Mexico near Ixtlan in the Sierra Madre Mountains. They believe in what I believe is we are part of the universe it creates and controls our destiny. They are said to be the last tribe in North America to have maintained their pre-Columbian traditions. Their shamans and healers practice today as they have for generations. In part, their survival is due to the focus of their traditions, as well as their remote mountainous territory. I chose these Shamans as The Huichol say we are created from the elements of the natural world- fire, air, water and earth. Because of this, each of us is a miniature universe, a mirror of both the natural and the spiritual worlds. All the knowledge and secrets of these two worlds are inside of us and everything is perfectly arranged. Shamanism teaches us to tap into that arrangement, to understand and to live in harmony with the natural and spiritual worlds.
The best place to meet a Shaman is on top of a mountain you climbed.
The Shaman in Mexico there is a sight not to be missed. Every year hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies undertake a great journey of up to 3000 miles in their annual migration from Canada and the United States to their wintering grounds in Mexico. Once in Mexico, the monarchs congregate in the oyamel fir trees of Michoacan and Mexico states. The amazing thing is the butterflies on live 6 weeks. So they stop en route mate lay eggs and die. The newborn caterpillars turn into butterfly's and continue the journey. Its makes a humans life journey really feel so selfish and possibly even insignificant.
My full Ironman plaque came today from New York I could have cycled here faster. Other than a brutal nightmare being knocked down back in cancer treatment, this was likely the toughest 15 hours of my life.
I am proud of finishing it after surviving all that cancer shit.
You can overcome anything seemingly impossible if you truly believe you can.
Everest will be my next challenge.
I think I will hang the plaque up.
I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling about half past dead
I just needed some place where I can lay my head
Hey, mister, can you tell me, where a man might find a bed?
He just grinned and shook my hand, "No" was all he said
Things in trees !!!
If you ever cycle around the world you will find a lot of interesting things in trees. Especially in Australia, New Zealand, Morrocco where these are from. I filmed each one and the ceremonial leaving of an artifact. Thong (new zealanders call sandals thongs), shoe, underwear , koalas, monkeys and of course the desert goats in argan trees eating fruit. They are usually in the middle of nowhere. I left a shoe, thong and underwear... but had no extra bikes, koalas, monkeys or goats to leave.
My Dad was my hero. He was in the Red Cross during the WW2 as a combat medic saving lives. He never ever talked about it. I always wondered why. After about 10 years as a firefighter saving lives but also losing many and seeing some extremely horrible sights, I stopped talking about my work too. Dad I found out why!
I will never forget this day.... neither will some others I know. It's the most powerful full moon of the year. Your dreams will come true if you see it. Time for forgiveness.
My Name is Rudy
I am a fire captain and cancer survivor.
In memory of the
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE