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Biking in India 1987

Monday, December 14th, 2009
October 1987. Edwin Steussy, 24, traveling India by bicycle.

October 1987. Edwin Steussy, 24, traveling India by bicycle.

Alone, in the middle of India, I stand by my bike. It is October 1987. I am twenty-four years old. There is nothing digital in my pockets or sparse backpack. No cellphone, no iPod, no GPS, no laptop. There is no Internet, no Skype, no email; Ronald Reagan is president, the Cold War still rages and Wall Street is days away from a major meltdown.

I stand by my bike. I have a paper map in my pocket, a passport, cash and travelers’ checks in a bag hanging from my neck. No one knows that I am here. There is no way for them to know.

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