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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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10.15.2005

Yesterday was the twelfth anniversary of my triple coronary bypass. The days preceding and following that day in 2005 have a profound influence on how I live my life today. This experience set off a series of life changes that have led to a happier, more fulfilling life. I struggled to write my annual Facebook post about this life changing experience. This morning the Today…

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Thank you with a purpose

A big thank you goes out to my friends for supporting me on the 3-2-1 Ride. This bike ride, organized by the Woiner Foundation of Pittsburgh, fights melanoma and pancreatic cancer through fundraising for research. I surpassed my $500 fundraising goal through your generous donations totaling $650! Sue’s Crew, the team I cycled with, blew past their goal and raised $3,245! The 3-2-1 Ride set…

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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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