Archive for December, 2009

Red at Night

Anyone who blogs about the world around them should keep a camera with them at all times.  Because today when I tried to work in a last-minute ride I ran out of the door without one.  The ride was about half over when I rounded a corner changing my traveling direction from  north to west and saw the pinkest sky I have ever seen.  So I had to pedal home as fast as I could to get the camera before the sun finished setting even though I knew the lens couldn’t really capture the intensity of the color I saw.  (It didn’t!)

Still, I couldn’t help sharing this with you.  There is something about the sun setting over the marsh that brings peace.  I discovered this when we first moved here and lived for a short time in a home overlooking the marsh.  It was extremely therapeutic to sit on the porch at sunset! 

I was reminded of this today when I got off of my bike and walked to the water to take pictures.  In a season that is all hustle, the moment of peace I unexpectedly found on the bike route was welcome.

Whether you travel by bike, car, train, plane, or foot, here’s hoping you will find an unexpected moment of peace this season too.

I can’t help including the rather blurry one below because it is so beautiful!


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The Sun is Out!

The sun is out!

The sun is out!

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

The sun is out!

The sun is out!

I rode my hot pink bike today!

On cloudy days

I also ride

but then I’d rather

stay inside.

But not today.


The sun is out…

(I hope) to stay.



Can you tell that I

A) am excited to finally see the sun

B) love children’s poetry


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Bright Spot in a Rainy Week

There are a lot of places I’ve thought about taking the hot pink bike, but I never considered taking it to the stage.  Luckily for me and a lot of other folks between Wilmington NC and Jacksonville Florida there are bikers out there who aren’t afraid to take their bikes off-road.

On Wednesday night I went to hear cellist Ben Sollee perform at the Arts Council of Beaufort County.  Ben is a professional musician who decided to take a break from a musician’s hectic air travel schedule to do a tour of the coastal Southeast.  But Ben and the three others he rides with are getting from gig to gig on this tour via long-frame bikes.  The bikes are large enough to accomodate all of the equipment needed to perform including a drum and a cello.  The bike pictured above was featured in one song during the concert when the percussionist used the bike bell to accompany the cello!

This tour is titled Pedaling Against Poverty and Ben is hoping to raise awareness  and to  buy a bike for Oxfam America Unwrapped at each stop with a portion of concert proceeds.

I had never heard of Oxfam America Unwrapped, but this organization purchases bikes for people in third world countries where a bike will help improve their quality of life by giving them transportation.  It is a great idea!

I spoke to Ben very briefly after the concert and he said that he had no training as an athlete but that biking was just something he enjoyed.  He even mentioned that maybe I could work up to a longer distance.  While I can’t imagine pedaling from Charleston to Beaufort, which is the distance he had gone before performing, I guess I should keep aspiring to longer rides!

It has been, and still is, a rainy week.  But talking to people who are using their love for riding bikes to bring music to communities and bikes to impoverished people was a very welcomed ray of  light.

To learn more about Pedaling Against Poverty go to:

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Long Week, Short Blog

No, I haven’t given up on my blog.  But I have to admit there have been times when I wanted to. Like this week.  It has been one of those weeks.  One of those pain-in-the-back (literally) weeks where it becomes impossible to do what you set out to do.   So I was unable to ride for reasons out of my control at the beginning of the week.  But today the decision about whether or not to ride was back in my control.  So I had a choice:  Get back on the bike and continue forward or … not.

I just got back from my coldest ride yet.  I think it doesn’t really matter what we do when we have weeks like this.  What does matter is the decisions we make when the worst is behind us and the choice is before us once again.

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