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Life is good on the bike

I cheered Susan on as she pedaled her recumbent slow and steady down A1A. I met Susan earlier in the week at Bike Florida’s Gullah Geechee Tour. She began cycling at age 50 and became an avid cyclist completing numerous bike tours and riding a century (100-mile ride) every year. Pretty awesome for a 75-year-old active senior. This past week I was reunited with Susan…

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26 fascinating facts about bees

Beekeeping is a hobby that fits me well. It involves a mix of challenges, learning, and enjoyment. I attended a Knox County Beekeepers Association class yesterday. Here are some interesting things I learned at that class, other classes, and though my work in the hives this past year. The queen bee is queen! The hive dies with no queen. She determines the number of bees in the…

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10 years to unlock the door

I was a different person ten years ago. I was sedentary, obese, and unhappy. It was not a good situation to be in less than three years after open heart surgery. A change had to happen. Frustrated with my failed weight loss attempts, I pursued weight loss (bariatric) surgery. I spent most of my life trying to find myself. When I finally found “me”- the real…

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My five favorite Hungarian cycling days

This past September I cycled the Hungarian countryside on a 10-day bicycle tour. To say it was amazing is an understatement. It left me wanting to be more of a world explorer on a bike. It was difficult but here are my five favorite days cycling Hungary #5: Budapest Words cannot describe the beauty of Budapest. It is obvious why it is becoming an increasingly…

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Viennese days

After a weekend in Vienna, tonight I end my first chapter of my journey. I begin the second chapter of The Guylas Road, my journey through Hungary. I am meeting the other cyclists in my tour group for dinner tonight and orientation on the ride. I must say that Austria is a beautiful country. Over three days, I got to experience a small slice of…

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The Gulyás Road

In the early 20th century, Mihaly Bilcze, his wife Meri, and children Mihaly and Meri left their home in Verocze, Hungary.  They were part of the great Eastern European emigration to the United States looking for a better life. They settled in Alliance, Ohio where they gave birth to two additional children, my father Joseph “Jokie” and my aunt Irene “Goldie”. I was surrounded by Hungarian-American…

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Christmas childhood memories day 2

I was a country boy living just outside of the small Ohio town of Alliance. As a child, downtown Alliance was my family’s main shopping destination. I loved the Christmas season when the city decorated the main street light poles with holiday lights and the city square featured a large Chrisman tree. The O’niels department store seemed so large stretching over 3 floors with just…

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