Written Friday PM:
I am in Asheville, North Carolina, and have had an eventful 2 days since I left yesterday. Yesterday was tense. I was a little nervous about carrying a kayak on top. Would it fall off? Would it land on the car behind me? But what I did not expect was the road noise. The tie-downs, flat straps with ratchets, thrummed like a jet engine all the way. I tried ear plugs, tried putting my headphones on, and still they hummed with a deafening roar. In Montgomery I stopped at a Lowes and bought pipe insulation, thinking that if I wrapped the flat tie downs they wouldn't vibrate like reeds in the wind and make loud discordant music. I wrapped the longest one and headed on, but to no avail. The anxiety that resulted made my trip miserable, I have to admit. By the time I reached Atlanta Thursday night, tired, I felt like the noise might reverberate in my head forever, or at least impair my hearing indelibly. This morning I got up and put more insulation over the short parts of the tie downs, which were about 8 inches in length in the front and back of the kayak. Huzzah! The noise went away completely!!!! I am resourceful! I solved a problem! I am capable!
Asheville. Crowded. Most people seem to smoke on the streets. Men with gray ponytails doing the drum circle in the square.