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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???


Vt’s Forevercycling Duo “Catching up”…

23 Jul

So MUCH has happened the past few months – where do I begin? ALOT of pedaling our recumbent tandem bicycle more miles per day than usual. Have been visiting Gaysville, Pittsfield, Tunbridge, Sharon, & Bethel  more than in the past. The humidity has had us working up a dripping sweat on an everyday basis!

This photo was taken by a pro photographer that put us in the newspaper & on the local Camden, Maine TV station the day we did a “turn – around” for the pedal home… It was a great feeling to pedal ourselves from our central VT. homestead all the way to the eastern most point on the entire Northeast seaboard & then back home again!!! Anyone else reading this ever done the same???

In the future will return to posting once each month…Image


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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March 18 – 24, 2012 80 miles in 5 days!

25 Mar

Sunday 3/18 – Dean & I & little sister took a day off the tandem. We drove to Montpelier, VT to attend the Green Mountain Film Festival. All of the films are made by amatuers chasing their “dreams” of being movie producers. Lucy decided after the first that this WASN’T her idea of movie making! She did go to the total 3 to give them a chance to convince her — they didn’t!   😦 Dean & I would be happy to go again anytime…

Monday 3/19 – Todays ride went from our home  to South Randolph traveling Route 107 a short way. The rest of the trip we pedaled Route 14. I was shocked to notice that the 2 locations of Pussywillow bushes (one next to the RR track on 107 & the other in a swamp on 14)  had already gone by! They don’t last long…

Tuesday 3/20 – Same pedal as Monday…

Wednesday 3/21 – NO ride as is customary! The 2 elderly ladies I visit demand too much of my time on Wednesdays, so I do all errands this day of the week before a later than usual bed time… LOVE those ladies dearly!   Noteworthy – this evening was the first of the Spring that the Peepers sang loud & succinct their joyous song… Welcome Spring!

Thursday 3/22 – Today we journeyed further up Route 14 all the way to East Randolph cemetery. Here, are buried all my paternal ancesters along with my folks. I bid them a hello & strolled to each stone of my Dad’s brothers & wives too. Forever missed as this part of our family tree were my favorites! Todays ride was close to 25 miles.

Friday 3/23 – This morn we waited awhile so the mercury could climb a bit. Spun our tandem wheels to the Creek House Diner just a couple miles outside of Bethel. Turned around rather than eating I am proud to say! The food is all homemade & it’s easy to lose track of time sharing in the hospitality the diner offers. 

Saturday 3/24 – The entire week had been summer -like with temperatures near 80 degrees. Today we are back to winters return! The thermometer may read 50 – but it feels more like 30. I dress heavy with 3 layers on the top, thermal undies, heavy fleece, then winter jacket. On my bottom half I chanced a single layer of sweatpants with smartwool socks.

   We pedaled to Sharon, VT from our homestead using Route 107, Route 14, & the Back River Road. Another 20+ miles by days end!   The devastation from Hurricane Irene that caused the worse flood since the one of 1927 continues to be evident most everywhere we look when pedaling this trip. August 28, 2011 will never be forgotten!