Look Who’s Loving the Bike – September

Is it really September already?  As you know, at the top of each month we like to feature the amazing stories and memories of why people are loving the bike. Please take a look at what our September lovers have to say.  We’d love to hear from you as well….feel free to submit your “Look Who’s Loving the Bike” story to us at any time.

Jeremy Durrin – Northampton, MA (@vomaxtechnical)

“I am 22 yrs old. When i was in high school i played baseball non stop. I graduated and went to a community college and needed some type of outlet. I bought a cannondale from the early 90′s and started riding it to classes about an hour away.

For me, that time on the bike is MY TIME. I enjoy getting lost in thoughts on long rides and then snap out of it and realize you don’t know how you got where you were going. Thats the greatest feeling when riding.

Seeing things that most people dont get to see like sunsets from the top of a hilltop while going 35 MPH to get home before it gets dark. Riding on dirt roads in western MA and not see a car for 4 straight hours.  Its my time to reflect on everything.

But on the weekends, i throw that out the window, and use it as an outlet to push my body to the extreme and race as hard as i can in the hilly New England races.

I don’t know where I would be without my bike and the people i surround myself with when im riding bikes.

Bikes make me happy.”

Bob Rogers – Tucson, AZ

We all know, or think we know, the concept of Shangri-la. For some it is the perfect place, for others the perfect lifestyle, for some it is a plush resort on an exotic isle, others the No Tell Motel on the edge of town.

My wife, Claire and I set out to find out for ourselves, and of course our mode of transport was our trusty touring tandem, Zippy, nearing 40,000 miles of self-contained touring around the world.

We began our search in Chengdu, China. We turned directly west into Sichuan Tibet, and mountains much higher, and steeper than we’d imagined. Okay, I was the researcher and thought there might be one high pass, not several over 15,000 feet and one 16,000 feet. Oh well. The Tibetan people fit the bill for living a peaceful life in a beautiful place, and they are friendly, laughing with us, and sharing their food and even a floor to sleep on.

After we left the mountains of Sichuan and Yunnan (beautiful both) we crossed into Laos, and found the happiest people we have yet seen in our travels, okay, maybe the Fijians but that’s another story, beautiful and laughing all the time. Again they were sharing with two wandering Westerners on a strange bicycle in the middle of nowhere. They have even forgiven us for the bombs we dropped on them during the Vietnam War (The American War they call it here) even thogh up to 100 of them are killed each year by unexploded bombs. We found out how they feel, when we became lost for two days in jungle mud tracks (one of the old branches of the Hoh Chi Minh Trail) where there had been no bomb clearing yet. A bit dicey pushing a loaded tandem for 30 kilometers one day. We decided Laos was our idea of a Shangri-la; we could live there.

Vietnam, particularly the Mekong Delta was also welcoming and the food was wonderful. Cambodia was as poor as Laos, and nearly as friendly; Angkor Wat was all you might dream it to be, an we could have lingered a week. After just under 3,000, sometimes very difficult miles, we arrived Bangkok for an eight day day in one of our favorite world cities.

Did we find Shangri-la? For us, always, Shangri-la is the journey, as long as it is on our bicycle.”

Read more from Bob at his New Bohemians Blog.

Sandra Foerster – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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