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The journey toward self-discovery continues

Early this morning, I boarded Amtrak’s Capitol Limited with my bike and paneers headed to Washington D.C. I am embarking on a weeklong journey across the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage. I will mount my saddle later today in the District of Columbia and cycle 334 miles through Maryland and Pennsylvania. Bicycling touring is not new to me. I have…

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Thankful for life

Thirteen years ago I could not have imagined being in the place I am today. Touring Europe on a bike would have been a laughable dream for me, the sedentary obese fifty year old recovering from a heart attack and triple coronary bypass. Change happens. There is something to be learned from changes in our lives. The challenge is to turn unfortunate circumstances into teaching…

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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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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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