Oct
16
2017

Rambling Other Trails: A Constant Churning.

It’s always interesting for me to ride my old routes from last year and see the changes. Certain aspects of Chinese culture and landscape might seem immune to change. The rustic villages with mud for streets, the farmers doing stooped labor in their fields, and then I ride by after some months, and it’s completely transformed. Even small villages have building booms, with prosperous farmers or merchants putting up new (sometimes ostentatious) buildings. Small towns […]

Oct
9
2017

Rambling Different Trails: There Wasn’t Much Rambling This Week.

First off, congratulations National Bike Challenge and Black Shirt winners! Except for the crashes near the end, it was a great challenge. Lincoln continues to lead the way nationally with the back-to-back wins. Also like you in Lincoln, we’ve been getting a lot of rain here in Zhoukou, and more is on the way. Our holiday week saw little riding outside of the city. We’d been warned about trying to travel at the same time […]

Oct
2
2017

Rambling Different Trails: From Rubble To Renewal.

From the constant destruction is coming reconstruction. The new mayor has set his sights on modernizing Zhoukou. The new river park was a done deal when he took office, but since we’ve been back, it seems like urban renewal (removal) has been kicked up a notch. Since I ride the river road through the city often it didn’t take long to notice entire neighborhoods have been leveled and a set-back from the river is being […]

Oct
1
2017

Lincoln, you did it! Congratulations!

Winners T-Shirt

National Bike Challenge Celebration Party Details Place t-shirt order

Sep
25
2017

Rest in peace, Randy Gibson

Photo of Randy Gibson

On Saturday, September 23, Randy Gibson was killed by a motorist, who was driving while under the influence. At the time of the crash, Randy was en route to meet his wife, Christy, who was waiting on the Homestead Trail to ride together back to Lincoln. Randy was a dedicated father, husband, and passionate cycling advocate. His kindness, quick genuine smiles, and friendly waves as he pedaled past will be sorely missed. He leaves a […]

Sep
25
2017

Rambling Different Trails: A Death In The Cycling Family.

It’s been a terrible week for Lincoln’s cycling community. It saw broken bones and death, as well as at least two more “accidents,” one hurt badly, involving motorists and cyclists. We are grieving the loss of Randy Gibson, as much a pillar of the cycling community in Lincoln as anyone has been. He was an active force in the National Bike Challenge, #2 last I looked, and one of the pirates of Pirate Cycling League, […]

Sep
18
2017

Rambling Different Trails: It’s Time To Mask Up.

Last Monday’s beautiful ride through the countryside had the unfortunate consequence of knocking me down for most of the week due to the lack of a mask. If I lived in the Pacific Northwest I might be experiencing the same thing right now from all the wildfires. I have masks but because of all the rain we’d been getting the air hadn’t been bad, under 50 pm2.5 (parts per million smaller than 2.5 micrometers, that […]

Sep
11
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Getting Lost And Getting Flats, Just Like Before.

I’ve managed a few rides around the rain this week. Some roads are improved, I’m happy to see, while others are not. With so much traffic I’m sure it’s hard to keep up. You have to watch those water-filled pot holes. I rode into one in low light and I’m lucky it wasn’t deeper than it was. That wasn’t the cause of any of my three flats, though. I still haven’t figured out what’s causing […]

Sep
4
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Waiting For The Skies To Clear

I thought by this time I’d have been out to re-visit some of my favorite bike haunts. My plans have been thwarted by the fact that it’s been raining every day and I know better than to ride any dirt levee roads when it’s like this. The hard surface roads can be a mess too, so I got some long overdue fenders yesterday. At least between rains we’ve gotten to see how progress on the […]

Aug
28
2017

Trail Ramblings: One More Time

This time next week I’ll be back to teaching English and riding my bike around Zhoukou for another ten months. That was not originally the plan, but there was no one lined up to replace us, so I said I’d do it again, one more time. There are still many places I never got to see and explore, so now I’ll have the chance. If you want to know more about anything in particular let […]

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