We were stopped at a traffic light in Morro Bay, California, trying to find the library so we could provide another episode of WanderWheels that decreases corporate productivity¹, when I see a man running towards me from the street corner, yelling something I could not yet understand. There were two possibilities that immediately came to mind.
The first was that a zombie apocalypse movie was being filmed, or the guy was a standard issue, California crazy transient.
It turns out I was wrong on both counts.
It was Wesley, who we met outside of Van Horn, Texas. He was driving back to Santa Cruz after completing a West Coast, across the southern USA to Florida bicycle ride. Serendipitously, he spotted us on the road and turned around to say “hello”.
It was a little bit of road magic, almost five months later and a half a continent away.
¹Through the amazing combined power of the interwebs and the googles, the activity logs solidly show that the WanderWheel readership checks in during the corporate workday, where approximately half of you never get this far, spending less than 30 seconds on the site, treating it like cheap eye candy or possibly you are a robot indexing the site. A respectable 10% to 15% of you ignore coworkers, emails from your boss and telephone calls from annoying customers for 5 to 30 minutes. Good job! This site is much more interesting that the banal water cooler conversation you’d be having otherwise. A solid 10% of you are spending 1+ hours on the site which puts you in the category of either
- being super-efficient at your job and are just killing time, hanging around the office for that ever important “face-time”,
- asleep, face down on the keyboard and occasionally clicking the mouse and you jerk in your sleep,
- really don’t care because your boss is participating in an executive offsite retreat, rethinking corporate strategy (i.e. golfing), or
- are perversely attracted to pictures of rocks in the water. Seek professional counseling.