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Pleasant Cross-County Ride / Bike Samaritan Tale

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Even though the sun never really came out and it only rose to around 73 (weather forecast was sunny & mid 80's...!), we enjoyed our ride across Broome County today from Binghamton to Owego and back. Plus I rode my bike into Binghamton with a total of around 54 miles today. They were flatter miles than usual, which I've been told uses different muscles than hilly rides and I'm feeling it a bit more in the quads.

My riding partner had a delightful story to share about a fellow in our community who should be named "Mr. Bicycle"...! He is in his 70's and lives on top of one of our local mountains and cycles every day down into the valley and back home. He is often the emcee for our biking events and a pivotal member of our local bike club. I'm told he possesses a zillion bicycle parts and maybe half as many!

Children (and adults too!) come to him from far and wide for help with their bicycles, fixing flats, adjusting seats, whathaveyou. This little girl stops by to see him and he says: "Hmmm...I think that bicycle is getting a little small for you. Why don't you come along and let's see what we have back here..."

And he trades her smaller bike for a newly rehabbed larger bike! She rides off beaming with her upgrade and the next day she returns with a plate of home-made cookies and 26 cents.

"What's the 26 cents for?" He asks.

"For my new bicycle!" She replies.

"Funny thing about that" he told her, "that was JUST the price I was going to ask for this bicycle!" She beams, taking off on her bike.

What a delight to hear about such people! This story made me smile and brightened my day and I'm hoping it does the same for you! :-)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ZELLAZM 8/23/2010 5:53AM

    How sweet! Stories like this can make your day!

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    You are awesome, and make me wonder how to find a bike club where I can build up to 54 miles! I'm so happy for you and glad for your health. Mr. Bicycle is one life's saints. What a lovely story to share, and an experience that, no doubt, will become part of whom the little girl becomes.

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RUBIEAGLE 8/22/2010 5:59PM

    Nice story - I plan on riding my bike when I'm 70 - wow! Up hill & down - good lungs & heart. I wrote a blog on July 15 about falling in love with a red cruiser bike at Wal-Mart! Do you mind not bragging about the weather you're having where you live?! It's 90s & 100s here in SW MO; so hot that I have to do my laundry late at night/early in the morning. Oh, well, it'll be fall here soon!

Again, what a nice story & what a gentleman!

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BEARDMUSIC 8/22/2010 12:32PM

    What a neat story!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 8/22/2010 11:56AM

That was great and it put a smile on my face reading it also.

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NIKANN7493 8/22/2010 9:35AM

    What a lovely story! Definately brought a smile out this morning!

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LADYGWEN25 8/22/2010 9:10AM

    that is such a nice story... glad you enjoyed your bike ride around the towns. emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 8/22/2010 7:19AM

    What a truly nice story. It's really great to hear that there are still some nice people out there - too often, we hear about the bad. Thank you so much for sharing, Don!

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JCORYCMA 8/21/2010 11:10PM

    What a feel good story! Restores your faith in humanity! You've got to be peddling the weight right off! Keep it up!

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FRECKS96 8/21/2010 9:28PM

    Aw, love the story! It's nice to hear about good people doing good things.

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/21/2010 7:55PM

    emoticon story. It is so nice to know there are still wonderful people out there.

Great job on racking up your fitness minutes too!

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BOBBYD31 8/21/2010 7:53PM

    that is awesome!

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 8/21/2010 7:52PM

    That was a very nice story, Don, and a very welcome, up-beat moment in my day!!


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