Archive for the ‘Along the Way’ Category

I Keep Meeting the Nicest People!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Today in the local barber shop I met a woman whose daughter is visiting from Canada with her young son who was NOT happy to be having his hair cut.  Warren was absolutely wonderful as he worked his magic with the squirming, screaming boy who was “all done” probably before it started.  It was a joy to be there and see how all present dealt with the situation with such wonderful patience.  There was no yelling or threatening, simply patience and love — what a treat to see!

My friend Warren Goodnow has a history with the PMC dating back to 1981, the year of the second PMC ride, and earlier in the day he showed me a clipping from an old scrapbook that he found with an article printed in the Daily News — I talked him into letting me take that article and scan it into electronic form so that I could pass it on to others who I knew would be interested in seeing it.  That’s what brought me back into his shop.

After the boy’s haircut, as the now quiet boy playing with toys settled himself in, Warren showed them the article explaining all about his experience, which opened up more conversation about the PMC, my riding this year, and the experiences I’ve had before the ride — including conversations with “the nicest people” I keep meeting.

 

A Simple Thanks

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

While on my 80 mile training ride today I stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts around mile 70 for some fresh cold water and a short rest before completing my ride.  I was sitting at one of the picnic tables along with my bike when a young girl maybe 12-14 years old got out of one of the parked cars and came over to me to thank me for doing the Pan-Mass Challenge, and stated that her father rides, but seeing me she just wanted to thank me.

Her doing that reminded me of thanking our veterans for their service, yet this ride is so different — but then on reflection though perhaps it isn’t.  There are so many stories that people share about loved ones who have battled cancers, some who have won the battle, and some that have lost.  Isn’t that also the way for our military?  There are many sacrifices and battles fought, some are won, and some are lost.

It was at least 30 years after my Vietnam era service that I was thanked for the sacrifices made during that 7 1/2 years I spent in the Navy.  I was shocked by the thanks that came my way, just as I was shocked by the thanks I received today from that young girl who went out of her way to give me simple thanks – and I haven’t even ridden my first PMC!

As Seen Along the (Green)Way

Monday, April 30th, 2012

When one travels one gets to see many different sights along the way, odd sights sometimes, sometimes funny, at times unfortunate, and at times particularly revealing of human nature in all it’s bazaar ways.  In particular I’ve found the bike path rides to provide a unique perspective on human nature — in particular just how completely oblivious of our surroundings we can be at times.

My most recent examples would include in particular:

  • The “walker on the cell phone”, wandering on the path in anything but a straight line, oblivious to my approach until my “Hello!” rang out as she veered into my oncoming path
  • Almost as unaware of my approach was the “reader”, keeping (amazingly) on a dependable straight line, nose in her book, walking into the wind with her bright blond hair being blown back like a flag in a stiff wind
  • Another “Hello” moment occurred for getting the attention of the “dog lover”, bent over to greet another walkers dog in such a manner as to take a significant portion of the path I had to ride on for herself, with all remaining path area blocked by the dog leash!

All in a days ride :-)