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It's been an eventful couple of days. When we awoke near Albion yesterday morning — Tuesday, September 19 — it was raining and the radar promised not only rain, but the possibility of thunder storms on our journey toward Manchester. With a late afternoon appointment there and the desire to... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Chuck's Big Ride
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In honor of classes beginning on Tuesday at Whatcom Community College, I'm once again wearing their jersey. If you'd like to support WCC and its many deserving students, you may donate here. Today was the first of five days that I'll ride with my dear friend Richard Hunt. Richard is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Chuck's Big Ride
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Giving Here Matters! Donate Now! I had first thought that I would listen to music or a book today, but then decided to have a playlist-free day and enjoy the solitude. I thought almost immediately of the book Quiet by Susan Cain. It's about introverts, which I'm not, but Dee... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Chuck's Big Ride
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I'd like to thank our long-time friend and bestselling author of Another Roadside Attraction and many other books, Tom Robbins, for making a donation today to Binc. The donation will be greatly appreciated by booksellers in need, and the personal email he sent me was priceless. If you'd like to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Chuck's Big Ride
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It's been fifty years since Whatcom Community College began with the intention to provide access to higher education for all students. The school began as a "college without walls" because, as coordinator Everett Sanders said, “since capital funds are not available, it seems that District 21 will operate without a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Chuck's Big Ride
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There are lots of things that excite me about the Whatcom Community Foundation, but there's very little that is more exciting than Project Neighborly. In the 2017 program WCF granted more than $100,000 to projects that brought people of diverse backgrounds and experience together. Take a look at this list... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Chuck's Big Ride
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There's some good news out of Florida. Things weren't as bad as many expected, except in the Keys. Miami's Mayor said they hadn't dodged a bullet, they'd dodged a cannon. Our friend Mitchell Kaplan, who has several Books & Books stores in the Miami area reports that he and his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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As I began my ride today, wearing my Whatcom Community College riding jersey, I couldn't help thinking about the start of an all new academic year at WCC. Classes begin a week from tomorrow and, once again, the campus will be abuzz with activity. I learned so much about WCC... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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{lack of internet last night didn't allow me to post Ride Day Eight...here it is now. Stand by for Day Nine} We just spent two great rest days in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, staying with a college friend and his wife and getting a chance to see a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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With the devastation of the Gulf Coast area and the continued threat of hurricane Irma moving toward Florida, the likelihood of many more people needing aid is growing. Binc focuses on the financial needs of booksellers in difficult times. We know that many booksellers in Texas are homeless, some having... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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I proudly wore the jersey of Whatcom Community College again today. Though no longer a trustee of the college — I served from 2005 to 2015 — I continue to be engaged, most recently in co-chairing a major fundraising campaign feasibility study. Those of us who have come to know... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Today I once again donned the jersey of the Whatcom Community Foundation. WCF is home to more than 150 separate funds – each with a unique purpose, each created by a visionary individual, family, nonprofit or corporation. You can learn more about WCF by watching a short video here. Thanks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Today I was, once again, riding with the Binc jersey. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation was created by booksellers 20 years ago to aid booksellers in serious financial need due to illness, loss of work, domestic violence, and disasters, among other reasons. Over those years Binc has helped thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Today I was riding with the Whatcom Community College Jersey. I had the great privilege of being appointed by Governor Gregoire and served ten years as a trustee at WCC. The college has been nationally recognized and received sizeable grants for its cybersecurity program. Nursing graduates have annually exceeded the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Today I wore the jersey of the Whatcom Community Foundation. I am very privileged to be able to serve on the board of WCF, whose mission is to "amplify philanthropy—by connecting people, ideas, and resources—so that communities flourish." The recent Project Neighborly program is just one example of how WCF... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Here's a video that Dee took of me just before, and as I took off this morning: Shortly after the video was taken I began to believe North Dakota had it in for me. Less than half a mile from the start point, the road shoulder suddenly narrowed. I hit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It's hard to believe, the time has nearly arrived for me to resume the cross-country ride I began in the summer of 2015. The attempted ride to Galva, Illinois, (my hometown) for my 50th H.S. reunion was rudely interrupted by some dogs and broken ribs. Tomorrow I'll pick up the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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In just three weeks we'll begin the drive to North Dakota to resume the ride begun two years ago. This time I hope to do it sans dogs. There seem to be two theories of how one should train for a cross-country ride: 1) ride a lot, including several long... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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The morning started well, but slowly. I had a number of chores to take care of before heading out—answering some emails, airing up my tires, cleaning & then lubing my chain (and myself), and filling the water tank on the Rialta. Then at 9:10 I headed out on route 139... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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I mounted by steed (excuse the Montana/North Dakota influence here) at 8:20 this morning, right where I left off the ride late last Wednesday morning. The temperature was hovering around 60, and the wind was out of the NW ranging from about 7 mph when I began, to a roaring... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Our second full day in Seattle was great. My meeting didn't begin until 10am so we had a later, casual breakfast at the hotel, read the paper, and I worked a couple of newspaper crosswords. The meeting was incredibly stimulating. It's amazing to see what this organization has done in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Yesterday was an unusual day. We woke up in Dickinson, ND, broke camp and drove back west to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Our first stop was at the Painted Canyon Visitor Center. Here a couple of photos from the overlook: We drove on to Medora (I think we might qualify... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Today's ride was only slightly longer than my shortest day's ride from Whitefish to West Glacier, Montana. I left the Medora Campground around 7:15, and about 1/2 mile later stopped to take this photo: This is where we entered the park last evening for the 36-mile loop drive, hoping to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Having come into Glendive in the evening, having dinner late, and deciding to wait until morning to post the day's ride, I got out of the gate a bit later this morning, just about ten 'til 9 am. The temperature was 67 and overcast when I left the campground. You... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride
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"The best laid plans of mice and men…" Having stayed in Wolf Point last night, we drove to Vida early this morning, and I began my ride at 7:15. At 7:48 it ended…almost. Let me give you some back story. Before leaving Bellingham i bought a new rear tire, an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Chuck's Big Ride