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First Christian Church of Peoria

| July 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tom Weber picked me up at the airport. He’s a good looking and  very fit 74 year old guy who’s done the cross country ride six years in a row. He also did a ride down the east coast, from Portland, ME to Key West. And a week later down the west coast.  Yeah, he’s pretty fit.

Looks like he took a page from Peter’s book on being secure in his masculinity. Peter wears multi-colored tights. Tom wears bright orange finger nail polish. What’s my thing going to be?  Not sure I’m quite so secure yet.

Tom took me to the Church where we’re staying. It’s the First Christian Church of Peoria.  The denomination is the Disciples of Christ. The church proper and its various rooms, offices, conference rooms are littered with sleeping bags and piles of clothes. I was told to choose a piece of floor and spread out there.

First order of business is to reassemble my bike, but I’ll need the assistance of the experts. And they have all made a shower run, going to a local Y or gym or pool. My bike will have to wait.

So, I’m sitting in a pew writing this.

Gets Better

| July 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

I did some further bike repair today and it went much better. It proves the old saying that you learn more from failure than from success.

This morning I needed to move the gear shifter and the brake handles from one place on the handlebar to another. In my mind, I probably exaggerated the difficulty given my previous experience. But that caused me to think long and hard about how I was going to do it. Anticipate problems and figure out how to avoid them.

And it worked! Now, the bike is fully equipped for a long ride and I’ll test it out today on a trip to the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, my favorite event of the year.