First off, if you got here looking for a formal tour of Palm Beach, we’re not there yet. We may not ever get there.
Here’s what happened along the way: several months ago, my two sons, their wives and my toddler grandson in a bike trailer, started doing weekend rides. It was convenient to meet at my house and ride Palm Beach. That riding group has grown to include friends, co-workers and the occasional tourist we’ve swept up.
Thirty-five years of working at the local newspaper, The Palm Beach Post, has given me lots of war stories and historical tidbits that I share with the riders. Some of them may actually be true.)
The more I thought about it, the better I liked the idea. See if I could cut a deal with a local bike shop that already rents bikes; use FRS radios for commentary; convince the city fathers that we would emphasize safety, get a foodie friend to provide picnic lunches, etc., etc.
I’m not a cat herder
Then we had a larger than average group show up one Saturday. It was a mixture of hammerheads who wanted to go fast and newbies who wanted to ride 10 mph and who weren’t comfortable in traffic. That’s when I decided that I wasn’t cut out to herd cats.
If we’re not about bike tours, what are we?
I DID manage to retire at the end of 2008. That’s given me time to write about places I’ve ridden; the Surly Long Haul Trucker bike I bought and how I’ve equipped it; product reviews and general ramblings.
Along the way, I’ve rediscovered how much fun journalism can be, even if you’re burning electrons instead of killing trees.
The blog is supposed to be about cycling, but, as you can see, it’s all over the place. In fact, even tech articles about bike racks can morph into a story about how my dad had me crawling under railroad cars at age 10 and a link to the classic Duck and Cover Cold War video.
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