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New Jersey, New York and Home

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 3:08 pm Written by:

No one else makes such a big fuss of air travel these days. When doing it very sparingly (given the infrequent sea crossings), you need to stay a long time. In my case it was three months, travelling around everywhere in the US by train — which is easy. I’d do all that again.

I was carrying a surprising lot of completely useless crap. Here’s what it looked like when I put it all out ready for repacking. Nine tent pegs for the bivi bag was probably excessive.

This doesn’t include the 5 yards of aquashell fleece fabric I ordered for more caving undersuits and somehow crammed into the backpack. Luckily, the hang-glider crash helmet did not snap under the packing force. However, the kindle isn’t looking too good. This is a surprisingly low level of attrition in my opinion, given that I considered likely the scenario that my entire backpack would go missing at some point along the way.

Meanwhile, I noticed some fibred manifolds appearing between the shelves of mathematics books.

For my final day I walked up and down the length of Manhattan and visited the Natural History Museum. I had decided that it was very important to see their Beyond Planet Earth exhibition (sponsored by Lockheed Martin) in order to establish what is the official line as to the destiny of the human species. Where better to look?

Why colonize Mars?

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