Last summer, on the next-to-last evening of riding the week-long annual cycling event known as RAGBRAI, my friend, John, a former college classmate and I were sitting near the stage of the organization's tent city listening to musicians do their thing. After our second beer, we agreed that the daily rides of 50 to 75 … Continue reading RAGBRAI and Beyond
I'm like many of you, a cyclist who enjoys the hypnotic humming sound of bike tires on the asphalt, the feeling of accomplishment when a ride is completed, and setting an example of fitness for our children and grandchildren. I'm more stubborn than I am athletic, especially when I set distance goals or participate in … Continue reading A Little About Me
Foggy mornings known to challenge even the most experienced cyclist, vacationers swerving along in rented RVs, and unrelenting hills that will tax the very essence of my abilities. That's what lies ahead for my bike tour down the heart of California's most scenic region late this summer. The payoff? Surreal images of the Pacific, giant … Continue reading Biking California’s Coast
Welcome to my Rides Like These website. Several years ago, 2013 to be specific, I decided to begin cycling competitively, albeit at a grandfather's pace. I scoured cycling sites, blogs, books and magazines for information on how to get things rolling. And I listened intently to the experts at my local bike shop about big issues … Continue reading Rides Like These
Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go. … Continue reading Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
It had been hanging from the rafters of our garage for more than 16 weeks and was now covered in dust and dressed in cobwebs. If an inanimate object could feel loneliness and despair, it would have been this 2012 Specialized Roubaix road bike that my wife had purchased for me as a surprise gift … Continue reading From Cobwebs and Dust