Photography ~ Facebook– June 2016 Photo-a-Day Challenge–Day 11

Since I cannot submit a collage, I have to find a single photograph to represent my 2008 [odyssey] rides.

The  prompt is: If I wrote a novel, it would be about…

…a 2008 Coast-to-Coast [and more] Cycling Odyssey


Niagara Falls

This novel would begin with a Catrike Rally in Winter Garden, Florida, followed by the Face of America Ride from Bethesda, Maryland to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Late June ’08 began the actual odyssey by biking in Virginia & Tennessee; then a drive [with a breakdown in South Dakoda] to Idaho, then on to Wenatchee & Seattle, Washington; from Seattle a one-day [204-mile] bike ride to Portland, Oregon; follow that with a drive to Minnesota for a short visit with Hazel. Go from there to Iowa for RAGBRAI. Meet friends in Illinois and ride with them. Go home for a few days before driving to Buffalo, New York to ride with cyclist at Niagara. Home again, then to Georgia and later to Charleston, South Carolina for more riding.

Two Thousand Eight was a heck of a cycling year. I am glad I documented enough of the story that [if I were so inclined] I could indeed write a novel about a fictionized character who took on these feats and met the challenges as they happened. Could there be “a Best Seller” here?

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Photography ~ Facebook– June 2016 Photo-a-Day Challenge–Day 7

June 29, 2008, the cyclist on the ’08 Trikes Only Tour at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho happened upon a wedding.

The picture above is my choice for today’s photo challenge–Wedding/I Do

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Transportation ~ 2016 Ford Transit Connect XLT, 1st Quarter 2016, 01/01

Let’s hope…

My 1998 Ford Windstar Cargo Van died September 1, 2015. I have been without personal transportation since then. It has been tough! As I pay off the debt for new heating and air conditioning [3 months early based on my TIME Magazine Cover Photograph],  I hope I can buy my last vehicle sometime before the end of March 2016.

I’ll even be able to drive to Utah to pick up Fargomy quadracycle.

The Transit Connect is a cargo van [as was the Windstar] which works best for my cycling and work around home. I’ll even be able to drive to Utah to pick up Fargomy quadricycle. I shipped it back to Utah Trikes following a breakdown in Connecticut during a tour that was to go from Maine to Florida–that’s another story…

Anyway, it will be GREAT to have my own transportation again. I appreciate Olivia’s help and the use of her SUV, from time-to-time, as well as help from other friends–Steve, Ellen, Michael, & Pauline.

We hope for a change soon. I need to get back to the gym and do so many other things…

Cycles – A dream deferred–Cruzbike Vendetta, 10/15

I did not deliver on my April 2012 dream. Now, there is a NEW Cruzbike Vendetta–the Vendetta V20.

First, it was the Silvio and then the Vendetta. I loved it from the moment I saw it as Maria Parker rode her record breaking ride. I will invest the proceeds from the sale of Silk and tail fairing into my dream bike. If I do this as I want, it will be with the carbon fiber wheel.

I’ve seen 2 generations of V’s pass me by… A dream deferred…

Cycling ~ Bikes, Trike & Quad–Cycles I own/have owned & ridden…

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At one point, as many a 7 cycles, now 3 + an ElliptiGO.

Gardening from Seeds ~ Squash, Lioness, 04/10

These seedlings are my 3rd batch for 2014, 2 cucumbers [52 plants] and the squash above [27 Lioness Squash]. I have 4 seed packets on the way–Cherokee Purple Tomatoes, beets, carrots, and radish.

I’ve planted several and given many to neighbors and friends. I think Michele Milburn-Poehler [the buyer of my RANS Stratus XP] will be pleased. I plan to transplant these within the week. I started hardening them off today.

The cucumbers I began planting 03/31 are all doing well. I just wish I would see bees swarming around the yellow blossoms.

DIY ~ Firewood Rack on Wheels, Added a Rain Shield, 02/21/2014

I just happened to have a perfect-fit [28.5″x72″] piece of Lexan under the house. It remains from Fargo I. BTW, Fargo II is still at Utah Trikes.

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