More will than skill… Part two: 2015 Bike Ride Across Iowa

Seven days in a row… brothers using skate boards passed me on the route across Iowa.  Even the guy pulling a canoe was ahead of me five days…  the man on the tandem bike that had the skeleton in the rear seat passed me twice… but I still won!

1961 Olympia
1961 Olympia

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Final bicycle prep…

The Claud Butler is ready to return to Iowa after almost 10 years.  I crossed the state four times on this bike; then a storm tossed it across a field.  I put it into semi-retirement after that. But when you put over 5,000 miles on a bike you think…. why not another 1,000 and after this years ride across Iowa I will pass the 6,000 mile mark of use.

1937 Hermes Baby Featherweight.  1998 Claud Butler bicycle.
1937 Hermes Baby Featherweight. 1998 Claud Butler bicycle.

 

Being mature… does not mean not living!

When former President Bush celebrated his 90th birthday with a parachute jump I wondered how smart that was?  He can not walk but still likes jumping from planes.  Then it occurred to me that being “mature” does not mean “dead”.  Why not take “smart chances”… is it better to say “hey I’m 90 and in a wheel chair… better stop thinking about such things” or “why not!” At the end of the day you admire the man who decided to continue to dream such dreams and make them come true.

1909 Western Union Underwood & 2012 Worksman Bicycle
1909 Western Union Underwood & 2012 Worksman Bicycle