I’ve missed posting here for a long time. Life got crazy but I kept bike riding. So much fun. I’ve kept a dumb blog here http://www.myspace.com/ballzzdeepstanhope and you can check out my mostly bike blog, bikin pics, and music I’ve been ‘working’ on. I dunno if you need to be my friend to read the blog but… everyone needs friends. I’ve been doing some great bike riding, I’ve moved further from Mo’town to Hacke(ttstown)nburgh. So its all Good. The bike commute to work would be man… really tough, 30 miles over two big rolling ridges so, i’ve been driving into Mendham or so and biking the last 5 miles into and outta Florham Park when I feel like it. I’ve tried a couple of brevets, and am in need of a theme for a Morristown bike ride… still. Have the cars been a bit kinder? I’ve seen some inspiring other bikers, more than usual I think. I’ve seen:
Lady cruising out of a turn past me walking goes “beep beep” at me, I’m surprised at the childish beep beep til I see a little kid on a child seat mounted behind her as she speeds by.
Old dude in his 70’s? cruising fast along waterloo rd. helmetless with white hair flowing backwards
Hep looking old dude cruising south street in mo’town with shopping bags and sporting a diy ‘one less car’ sleeveless shirt.
Businessman with a fold up bike riding some crosswalks in Mo’town
Looked out my home window and saw a strong looking dude riding a handcycle!
Group of teens watching one skilled unicycling kid roll down the sidwalk in Madison
Middle aged dude with Team Discovery jersey going really slow down Waterloo Rd. sitting bolt upright looking terrifed as a car passed him.
Patient confident lady in street clothes & helmet waiting to cross Main St. in H-town
Racer dude on Rt. 24, Mendham in kit & clear rain jacket power snotted near my car tire as I drove by.
Young chick riding fast & easy up a really really big long hill w/ headphones w/o a care in the world in the middle of nowhere as I took a break on the side of the road.
Middle aged chick riding a really big gear slow up a hill in a fleece in 80 degree weather. I wonder if she’ll stick with cycling. I passed her spinning saying ‘hi’ in a small gear.
Frenchtown NJ on Sunday had scores of cyclists everywhere! Notable was a group of tandem recumbents
Fully loaded (more than just a day trip) touring cyclist passed through Main St. H-town as Ann & I ate lunch on the sidewalk. He was going far away.
Out my living room window caught a dad teaching his kid to use hand signals while making a left turn.
Went out mt. biking and passed some kids pulling another kid in a radio flyer attached to their bikes, they were falling all over the place, when I got back they had it down.
My Morris Canal fanaticism (it’d make a great bikeway) is ongoing, there is a great newsletter here: http://www.canalsocietynj.org/ check out ‘on the level’ download if yr. into state parks and Waterloo Canal Day (bring your bike and ride Waterloo Rd.) on June 21, and surrounding canal related projects, its the right pdf to download.
All The Best,