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.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Last year, all over again!

The past year was a pretty good time for cycling. 
 I hit an all time record low, in auto mileage that is. 
 For the first time ever I was not stricken near bankruptcy by N+1 syndrome.
I just put a lot of mileage on the bikes themselves.
From the early spring without a leaf or blade of live grass to break up the wind, 
I did a four day trip to the lake and back.
I enjoyed the epic W Ave ride across Kalamazoo county.
A route so sublime that a Twizzler is used for a map
and nobody got lost.
At another vintage bike weekend in April, 
 I learned there is a hill in Chicago's west suburbs.
In the beginning of June I found a new annual destination
   I met my first Warmshowers guest, an intrepid cross country rider from South Korea.
The Old Dog Tavern continued it's tradition of Vintage Bike shows.
I bought a few new camping gadgets.
And found a couple new favorite spots.
Amtrak is trying to make it easier to travel with a bike.
The ride to the city of big shoulders was pleasant, but
more pleasant was finding I can avoid this type of neighborhood in Gary

and ride home on a pleasant network of trails like this from Chicago to Michigan City.

Somebody tell this girl to put a helmet on please!

The bigger trip of the year was going to Minneapolis
where I was able to test the full selection of Surly 29er's and Fat Bikes.
As well as enjoy a day around the river bottoms and another exploring

For a change we had a beautiful day for the Forest and Foliage in the Fall ride!
I captured a year in Haiku.
Revisited the Lakeshore with another Chi-town Vintage Pornfest.
The year desolved into a colorless and bleak,
although warm winter.

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