Everyone approaches projects in their own way… and throughout the bike, and several other projects I’ve done, the character Henri the Painter lingers in my mind. There’s always a temptation to make a project last forever, and it’s partly the love of the project itself- once you complete it, it’s over, kind of like not wanting to finish a great book. Here’s a little description of Steinbecks Henri character, from my own book, Fossils to Flux:
“In the Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row” there’s a character known as Henri the painter. Henri was neither French, nor a painter actually, and Henri was building a boat. Henri had, however, a profound fear of the water. As Henri would approach the completion of his boat, he’d find some reason to dismantle the boat and start rebuilding it all over again- assuring he could avoid confronting his mortal fears.”
You can read the Cannery Row section here, via GoogleBooks. Great stuff.