story

Tripping in LSD’s Birthplace: A Story for “Bicycle Day”

Exactly 71 years ago, April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a chemist for Sandoz, in Basel, Switzerland, ingested a minute amount—just 250 micrograms–of a compound derived from the ergot fungus. He soon felt so disoriented that he rode his bicycle home, where he experienced all the heavenly and hellish effects of lysergic acid diethylamide. 

Psychedelic enthusiasts now commemorate Hofmann’s discovery of LSD’s effects every April 19, a.k.a. “Bicycle Day. ” To celebrate this Bicycle Day, I’d like to describe one of the strangest trips of my life, which took place in Basel and involved (sort of) Hofmann. 

In 1999, while, researching a book on mysticism, I flew to Basel to attend “Worlds of Consciousness,” a leading forum for scientists studying altered states, especially drug-induced states. The meeting, held in a convention center within walking distance of my hotel, offered two divergent perspectives of hallucinogens. In the convention center’s lobby, vendors peddled

Read More

cycle tourings best bike tour and travel travelogue story


Sponsors (how?)






Cycle Touring Racks: Why chromoly steel is best.







Heavy Duty Travel Tested
Sealed Cartridge Hubs.



Take a look at the strongest hubs built specifically for touring


What years on the road have taught me about bikes.




Sign up for my RoadNews Newsletter


 Written on the road as I travel around the world on my bicycle


*Help
Support this Web Site and Continue My Travels.


Places I have been
(How
can I afford this?
)


India and Neighbors

May 2010 to present


Alaska /
Canada / USA

May 2008 to April 2010


New Zealand

Sept 2007 to May 2008


Australia

Sept 2006 to Sept 2007


SE Asia / China

Nov 2004 to Sept 2006


South
America

June 2003 to June 2004



AZ, Mexico, and

Central America

March 2002 to April 2003



How I started

The 5 years before I left


Equipment Pages Index


Introduction


How Much to

Read More