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Navigating Life with Checklists!

checklist.jpgI use a checklists to negotiate my daily life.  Most people can keep stuff in their car, and take it with them wherever they go regardless of weight, shape and necessity.  However, on a bicycle all these things should be considered or you're in for an uncomfortable ride. I pack my necessary supplies for the day every morning before I leave the house.  The following is for fall and summer fun rides.  As the weather gets colder, my riding becomes more utilitarian, although I can usually get in a few fun rides in November and early December.  Once the snow flies and the weather is consistently cold, my riding become strictly utilitarian until spring.

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Fall Fundo

Fall_Fundo_thumb.jpgOn September 30th I participated in the Fall Fundo - Old Spokes Home fundraising ride. There were three possible distance participants could choose from -  a 10 mile ride, 30 mile ride or 60 mile ride. I originally opted for the 30 mile ride but then at the last minute decided on the 60 mile ride instead. I was inspired by a friend who told me she did the ride last year and that the 60 mile route was beautiful. Also, recently, I have been doing some long road bike rides, including my first century, so I thought I could finish the 60 mile course.

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Dual Personality

share_the_road.jpgLast month, I rode my bike from Winooski to the Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Between Suzie Wilson Road and West Street Extension, Route 15 is divided into two lanes and the right lane must turn right. That means that if I want to go straight I have to get into the left lane. Bikes in the middle of the road make drivers nervous and angry, even if that is the place they should legally be.. 

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Sunday Ride

lets_ride.jpgI do a fun ride every Sunday, a ride that allows me a temporary escape from my day-to-day life but also a ride that takes place in the context of the rest of my life.  I always feel a sense of escape when I'm on my bike, but I also bring along my physical ailments, anxieties and preoccupations. My spiritual practice is to focus on the present and while I'm not very good at it, I do make an effort. When riding there is always a lot going on in the present. I can be appreciating the brilliance of Queen Anne's Lace and Chicory by the side of the road, anticipating the next hill, worrying about a chronic physical condition and feeling grateful that my legs are strong, all at the same time. Riding is a complex activity

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No more excuses: My year on an e-bike

IMG_20160411_193919345.jpgIt's too hot. I'll arrive at work all sweaty. It's too cold. I have errands to run after work and need the car. It might rain. I'm running late as it is. I'm too tired. If it weren't for that hill, I'd bike. It's too windy. 

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In Memory of Cindy Joy Pike

cindy_pike.jpegCindy Joy Pike of Bellows Falls died on July 22.  She was hit by a car as she crossed the street in West Brattleboro on July 21.  She was the fifth person to be killed in the last five years while walking in Brattleboro.  That means that this community of 12,000 has one of the highest per-capita pedestrian fatality rates in the country:  8.3 annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population, or three times the rate of the most dangerous metro area in the country (Orlando, Florida).  What's going on?

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Wildlife on the Island Line: The American Mink

HydeSultze1-Mink-CU.jpgEarly summer presents excellent opportunities to observe wildlife on the Island Line, and no place is better than the Colchester Causeway. This summer’s most active residents are a family of mink who can be spotted loping across the bike path or cavorting on the rocks or in the water.

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Route 125 Road Closure

pexels-photo-209717.jpegVT 125 in Hancock 125 is scheduled to be closed to through traffic at this location for three consecutive days beginning Friday, July 28, 2017, at 6:00 PM, and the road is scheduled to reopen no later than 6:00 AM on Monday, July 31, 2017. 

 

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My Car

Car.jpgI came to driving relatively late in life. I did not get my license until I was in my thirties. That was also when I bought my first car. I was starting to do work outside of Burlington and driving was the only way to get where I had to go. In the past 30 years I have owned a series of cars, all of them second hand. I have had my share of driving adventures, and for a while I even used a car to transport my bike so I could ride outside of the city.

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AARP Community Challenge Grant Now Open for Applications

cq5dam.web.300.192.jpegThe AARP is now accepting applications for projects that will help make communities livable for people of all ages, and is providing funding for a variety of projects ranging from small, short-term activities to more drawn-out proposals. Read on to learn how you can apply! 

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