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It's hard to believe this is the last day of the regular cross-country ride, part 2. I left Mandan, ND, on September 1st and at about 2pm this afternoon rode into Bar Harbor, ME. It's been a great experience, and a great ending — more on that later. One of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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What a contrast today was with yesterday. It was sunny most of the day and temperatures climbed into the mid-70's. Yesterday it poured most of the day and I don't think the mercury got much higher than 60. Yesterday turned out to be a good day for exploring, in spite... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It was a very short ride day today that began very oddly. With heavy rain and possible thunder showers predicted for late morning I planned to get in a couple of hours riding before the skies opened. As I rode across the parking lot of the campground I heard a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It was fallishly (that's a word, right?) brisk as I began the ride around 9am this morning. The ride today would be entirely along roads. No railroad trails in sight. And I knew there would be some hills. The roads were all pretty good, except for one (more on that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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You may, or may not, have noticed that the starting point for today's ride is not the ending point of yesterday's ride. Call me a wimp — even though I've ridden over 3000 miles across the U.S. so far. Shortly after we woke it began raining fairly hard. Some folks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It was a perfect morning to ride and the first 17 miles were pretty flat so it was a good warmup for what was to come later. The geology along route 7 going north was spectacular. Here are a couple of examples. A short distance north of Manchester Center in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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We spent last night at a camp ground on Lake Saratoga at the edge of Saratoga Springs so that we could see our friends Chris Morrow and his mother Barbara at their bookstore. We've known Barb and her husband Ed for nearly as long as we were in the book... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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The morning was, once again, cool and there was "steam fog" rising from the river. If you've never heard of "steam fog" check this out. I decided today was a music day and that I'd listen again to some music I haven't heard for a while. I began with Frank... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It was a little warmer this morning when I began the ride — 47 vs. 40 yesterday. It still felt a little crisp, but it was a beautiful fall day here with lots of sunshine. Trails today varied from several miles of smooth asphalt, to asphalt with many root bumps,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It was a cool enough morning that Matt and I put on some cool weather gear. We may have been exaggerating in this photo, but it was only 40 degrees when we took off. Much of the early part of the ride was on roads, including along bicycle route 5.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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The kindness of strangers: Dee and I have had two great experiences happen to us on this trip, both with people we did not know. The first was in a campground in Conneaut, Ohio, where I admired a fellow camper's bike and struck up a conversation about my ride. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Yesterday was a great day at Niagara Falls. It's a place a lot of newlyweds go. Since we didn't get here in December of 1967, we thought we'd do our visit now, just a few months before our 50th. Here's a photo that some folks kindly took of the two... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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I started out a bit earlier this morning trying to outrun the predicted mid-afternoon rain in Lockport — more on that later. It was a calm morning and I made good time on quiet roads for the first part of the ride. I did see this sign for a club... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It was a pretty short, easy day today. I'd downed my first glass of my favorite post-ride recovery drink — chocolate milk — before 1:45pm and was heading for the showers by shortly after 2:00pm. A word about chocolate milk. This article from "Fitness" magazine makes the case for it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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It's still very warm for this late in September. I'm not complaining, just noting. Though trying to cool off here tonight reminds me of days gone by in Midwest summers — take a shower and never get dry. The ride today was pretty easy with little elevation gain, but enough... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Yesterday morning we said goodbye to our dear friend Richard Hunt at his boyhood home in North Royalton, Ohio. He was heading home to family...and work. We had a great five days together from Grand Rapids, Michigan to the Cleveland area. Here's the photo of the two of us on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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Last night's stay in Marblehead was terrific. We arrived early afternoon and after cooling down, showering, writing the blog, and letting Richard take care of some business, we headed out to an early dinner. The traditional yellow perch dinner hit the spot, and was followed by Vernors Ginger Ale floats... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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We spent last night in Perrysburg. Seems many things around here are named for a Perry, either Admiral Matthew Perry, or his older brother Oliver, who won the battle of Lake Erie...more on that later. Richard captured this photo of me last night as I worked on the blog. He... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Chuck's Big Ride
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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 Sep 20, 2017 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 Sep 19, 2017 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 Sep 16, 2017 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 Sep 15, 2017 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 Sep 14, 2017 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 Sep 13, 2017 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