A bicycle oddity

September 18, 2009...

I was pedaling into Cambridge, Ohio. And it happened.

Inside my bike shorts, I felt a bee-type sting. In fact, I felt a couple of them.

A day of character(s)

September 17, 2009...

Today was a day of character.

And characters.

Columbus, Ohio

September 16, 2009...

Today was a pretty special day.

A matter of perspective

September 14, 2009...

My website crashed in the morning. We left a small ice chest at the hotel and it was not turned in. I was chased down a country road by a big white dog named "Vodka." My potential interview fell through in Marion.

Thank you, Donald...

September 11, 2009...

Second chances.

New lives.

7 1/2 years ago, Donald Thornton's wife of over 30 years died. His daughter convinced him he needed to get out of the house and get involved.

He took her advice.

Today, he is considered one of those super volunteers who is making a dramatic difference in the lives of others in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

It was when he took his eyes off himself that he was given a second chance to live by serving.

You'll be happy you did...

September 10, 2009...

I've got tired legs.

But I keep going.

I rest for awhiile...but never for too long as to jeopardize my own willingness or desire.

When you are tired...physically, mentally, or emotionally...just do it.

Just take the step. Get on the bike with tired legs. Get out the door even when unwillingness grows in your thoughts.

Tomorrow, you'll be happy you did.

Seeds are being planted...

September 8, 2009...

Each additional city I visit on the Extra Mile America Tour is a bit more transforming.

Each new amazing extra mile person I meet touches me with his or her story.

There truly are great people in this world.

Selfless people.

Visionary people.

Extraordinary people.

And now I know nine cities full of them.

Seeds are being planted because of this experience.

In me.

My next next adventure...will be even bigger. planning

September 6, 2009...

Riding a bike...alone...for as many as 6-10 hours in a day gives one lots of time to reflect...and plan.

The reflecting part is valuable...but it isn't a lot of fun sometimes. Often, the reflecting is done regarding areas that we are currently feeling less than successful.

The planning part?

A great change of pace!

September 5, 2009...

Wow! Talk about a change of pace!

The Iowa roads without shoulders were taking their toll on my sanity, so it is really refreshing to ride through Illinois. Almost all the way across the state, I have been riding special trails reserved for bikes...the Hennepin Canal Trail and the I & M Trail.


Small Town, Iowa

September 3, 2009...

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