in which the author documents his newfound insanity, meets some interesting people and works on his tan. The hard way.

The shakedown

The first day of riding in Michigan was full of adventure. Jonathan’s rear pannier showed a propensity for popping off when he would accidentally kick it with his foot. We eventually had to strap them down with bungie cords. My dad’s pannier popped of at another point, and just to make the problems universal, my front derailleur picked today to break. Luckily the coast of Michigan is pretty flat, and I can make due with the 9 gears on my back wheel until a new shifter can be found.

About 4PM we were flagged down by John, a teacher and avid cyclist in St. Joseph, who plied us with cold drinks, tales, and then hopped on his bike to guide us toward out hotel for the night. The good characters that pop out of the woodwork to help cyclists exist in Michigan as well.

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3 responses

  1. Dan

    Lovely backdrop…

    August 28, 2011 at 2:55 am

  2. jean ralley

    Enough, enough!!! Now I hope you have a better week. I hate to think what else could go wrong, but at least you’re usually not far from help.

    Love, Mom

    August 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

  3. ShansMcB

    hah – that reminds me of the panniers on my old bike. I remember one time on the way home they popped off twice over the 205 bridge. Annoying! Sorry to hear your derailleur broke – I hope you’re able to get that fixed soon but it sounds like you’re making due :-/ As for good characters and deeds to be done — I’m beginning to think that it’s the norm rather than the exception that people are willing to go out of their way to help someone out….at least in the overall bicycle community šŸ™‚

    August 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

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