Tag Archives: 2013

We are BACK – alive & well!

8 Oct

During August & September 2013, Dean & I, (aka VT’s Forever Cycling Duo) left our VT home on our recumbent tandem bicycle headed cross country for a six week expedition unlike ANY we had taken during 20+ years of long distance touring.
The states Dean chose were; VT,NY,PA,Ohio,IND,ILL,& IOWA.
We would enjoy hearing from other tandem couples that have taken on a USA tour!
Dean & I, in the end, amassed 9 days LOST due to extreme T – storms; 27 days with our wheels spinning 50 miles; & 4 days with Dean driving a rental truck our recumbent, & baggage home – home to VT.
We discovered that Greyhound Bus has very different “requirements” regarding acceptability of transport of passengers with items (ex; our tandem!) depending on WHERE said passengers are located in the USA. Dean & I decided quick to rent a U – Haul truck – desiring to control the handling of our baggage & tandem. Costly though comfortable, this transportation allowed that we stop & try out a tandem trike (& singles) at the “Bicycle Man” shop in NY.
At the end of 6 weeks, we had pedaled 1400 miles – & God willing dream of returning to IOWA in 2014 to start at our 2013 turn – around spot to continue forward to California…
More details & photos once I get organized!
Did I mention the barns in the Midwest are spectacular???

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March is here… and out comes the tandem!

28 Mar

Our first tandem ride this year happened on March 10 – a 50 degree day, though by the time we returned home after a 25+ mile ride from here to East Randolph country store the temps were in the 20 above range. Think it took us 3 days to recoup our normal body temp! That ride was a navigational nightmare handled by Captain Dean as route 14 never misses a chance to put potholes & frost heaves of the monster kind in a bicyclist’s path.

2nd tandem pedal – Thursday, March 28, 2013. The temps are slight over 30 degrees above. There is a wintry residual chill to the air that blows in our face as we make tracks toward Bethel.
I have 3 layers (thermal, sweatshirt, fleece jacket) on top & 1 layer (fleece short pants) for bottom. Glad I added wool socks for feet coverage! They are forever the coldest part of me…
These short fleece pants are the best for winter since there isn’t a chance the bicycle chain grease can smear to ruin them – they are that snug in fit. It took me forever to find the right configuration! Most people who know me realize that I practice frugality. A majority of my fashion wardrobe comes from my on-going self imposed challenge of finding my necessary bicycling clothing in thrift shops I frequent. Not a simple task where I live as few people pedal & if they do they seldom donate season’s end cycling clothes still with life left in them!
SO if any of you blog followers happen to be haunting Goodwill or the like & see any usable cycling clothes (size M – matters NOT whether male or female!) send them MY way? 

Dean is refusing to down shift so dragon breaths are fast to come this morn 11AM. Traffic is steadier – guess since it is already Thursday of the week?
The snow is slower to go than in most winters in recent memory – that gives the winds that blow the berating chill. BRRRRRR!
We feel the urge to pedal & today since I was home & Dean arrived early from work – out we went!
We heard the first loose barking attack dog today on our turn around 12 miles from home. That dog deserves a lot of credit as his bark sounded fierce! When I got a look at him that pooch wasn’t any bigger than my size 9 shoe! We paid it no mind as the house sits a distance from the road we journeyed across a distant meadow where once a farm flourished. That is now a 40 year old memory from my childhood! Aging stops for no one…
& still we live to pedal, believing “our health is our wealth”, so my prayers are answered! 
On today’s trek we notice a neighbor having had a log truck load of kindling size logs dumped in a heap in the far back reaches of the family door yard. I have known this couple since I attempted my first walking steps upright fist clinging to Daddy’s untucked shirt tail. The man of the house is within 5 – 10 years of my beloved late Daddy’s age. Dean comments that the gent must be in “some kind of shape!” to be planning the chain saw work followed by splitting of the massive woodpile this load will succumb to making. I tell him when you’re a native Vermonter, as I know these people to be – it’s just what one does for the future maintenance of everyday life…
I salute them – none are finer than Mr. Russ, his 12 children, & the Mrs.!
The new bridge on Bethel’s South Main Street hasn’t opened as our local paper had reported back on March 1. There isn’t a single piece of “eye candy” (men) at work today! What’s up with that? 
Until next time… Get YOUR pedals spinning… Safe & happy travels!

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Welcome January 2013!

7 Feb

So close already to the end of month #1. I cannot begin to put into words how much I yearn to take off “pedaling”! This month has been spent getting my 10,000 steps in at my job plus when the weather is tolerable – I’m apt to walk a few miles outside. The tandem remains in hibernation. How I miss out everyday spin of wheels. With my forever retirement a handful of days away at this writing I am beginning to think if I don’t begin to accomplish my endless “to do” list – I’ll never live long enough!!! Everyone say prayers for me??? 1,000,000 thanks! (c) “E”