This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A wet spot

Rained all night and morning, I'm still on schedule although I slept until noon.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Amtrak saga

Amtrak just can't seem to get this bike thing. They mean well but stumble over their own good intentions.
They took a reservation for the Hunq on the only Michigan train which allows bikes.  Unfortunately none of the cars had bike racks. The Hunq was humiliated. squeezed into a corner behind a trashcan.  He was grumpy, but changing trains in Chicago was a breeze and he was tucked away in a comfy baggage car for the rest of our journey to exotic Winona.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Finishing the Ride again.

I don't know what the rest of the world looks like on June 7th.  Here in Kalamazoo it was a day of community mourning.  A year after Charles Pickett Jr. plowed through a line of cyclists on a residential street killing 5 and hospitalizing 4 others, the cycling community is still finishing their ride. 
Over 300 riders met and donated $20 apiece to ride in a highly publicized charity ride.
There was a mile of silence for the victims at the crash site 
where the money collected will help preserve the memory with a permanent
memorial to replace the ghosts bikes currently in place.
It was both a sobering and inspiring opportunity.