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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Good luck, God speed


I just remembered meeting this fellow last weekend, at the motel in Lockport, New York.  We were gathering up to go to the show, and several doors down this fellow was getting his gear ready for another day in the rain.

He wore a green reflective T-shirt, like our road guys wear to alert traffic, and was fastening plastic bags over his saddle bags.  I saw some writing on the shirt and walked down to see if he was part of an organized event.

No, he was riding alone.  He left Rochester the previous day.  He was going to California.

“Are your riding for someone?”

“No, for myself.”

It’s sixty miles from Rochester to Lockport.  Another twenty six hundred miles to San Francisco.  That’s where I’d go.  I’m sure he’s in Indiana now.

14 comments:

  1. I think it is adventurous to travel that far in a car. A bike - wow I wonder if he will need to fix it before he gets there? I heard of guy last year riding a horse across the country.

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  2. Top effort if he makes it to San Francisco :-).

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  3. I love the fact that he is doing it for himself. I hope he makes his destination and that he has a wonderful time doing it.

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  4. How lovely to hear of someone setting off on such a big adventure, by themself and for themself. I hope he has an amazing time on his journey.

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  5. He's riding across the country? I'm impressed.
    I can barely get around the block on my bike and I haven't ridden at all since the air got cold.

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  6. Hi Joanne,
    I admire that man. It's all I can do to ride my bike two miles. I can;t imagine pumping uphill, much less across country. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  7. That's quite a trip to make solo. Good on him.

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  8. I used to dream about riding my bike from our house near Toronto up to our summer cottage, about a two hour ride by car. I never did it and am fairly confident I could not do it now. So bravo for him. Such admirable guts.

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  9. I applaud fulfilling personal goals. Such things don't always need to be attached to something else to give them significance.
    I graduated from college at the age of 46 as an English Major--a running joke on Prairie Home Companion. I don't care though. I achieved my long-time dream and that's what I intended.

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  10. There are all kinds of courage. He has it!

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  11. I remember a birthday party I attended when I was 11. It was a bike riding party. We rode our bikes 10 miles with the birthday girls mom following in her car ready to load up bicycles and riders if need be. We all made it and were then delivered home with our bikes. It was fun and I didn't even get sore muscles from the ride. But, I was 11. I can no longer balance well on two wheels and have a tricycle. I used to ride it around the park with my little dog Emmy in the basket. She loved it, sitting serenely on her pillow, watching the scenery go by. Since she is gone, I mainly use the golf cart.

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  12. ....he'll have enough material to write a book when he's done cycling!

    I admire his spirit and I hope he makes it!

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