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    Hello

    Hello

    I
    am
    old and slow

    However...........

    I am longing for that moment when I was twenty.

    Small town midwest.....

    My car was broke down.

    Out came the trusty bike

    Coast King 10 speed

    nice ride for the time and place

    Early summer after work about an hour before bar closing

    This lone rider would drop off the bank bank deposit

    Then.....

    the air........cooler than it had been all day

    Proceeding on a loop through the town

    Streets empty

    Racing top gear

    through downtown

    cross the river to the eastside

    backstreets

    kennedy bridge leading west

    down the main drag through town

    not a car in sight

    sweat, a grin, rythmic breathing

    turn up a side street

    2 miles and home

    all was right in the world

    quick shower and lights out

    I am riding again for that sanity

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    OLD and SLOW don't sell too well in this forum.

    We will need a group project to make you

    YOUNGER and FASTER

    How OLD is "OLD" and how slow is "SLOW?"

    We've got lots of young folks here in their 60's and 70's, so "OLD" better be about 80 or 90!

    Welcome and join in!
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    Nice poetry there, old-timer.

    It calls to mind when I was in my early 20's and stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington. I lived in the little town of Steilacoom. My wife at the time needed our only car for work, so I used to ride my bike. I was a cook, and had to be to work at about 4:30am. The shortest route to the base was through some very dark woods. I had an old school generator light. Some mornings, pedaling through the woods, I'd just stop for a moment. Since the generator wasn't moving, there was no light except for a narrow strip of stars showing through the tree-tops. Deathly quite. After a few minutes, I'd panic and start riding again. I made that ride rain or (the night-time equivalent of) shine for about 4 months until we got a new car.

    There is something oddly special about a bike used for transportation because you have no choice. I think you tend to become more attuned to it. Resentful, but attuned.
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    It does bring back memories. I have used a bike to commute two times in my life. One was in my 20s and the other was in my late 30s. In my 20s it was because I had to and in my 30s it was because I wanted to. Today I use my bike instead of my car as much as I can. I even grocery shop with my bike.

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    Welcome old and slow. Far better that, than dead and motionless.

    Enjoy your riding. Don't be surprised if you become old and fast though.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Foster View Post
    It does bring back memories. I have used a bike to commute two times in my life. One was in my 20s and the other was in my late 30s. In my 20s it was because I had to and in my 30s it was because I wanted to. Today I use my bike instead of my car as much as I can. I even grocery shop with my bike.
    Your eyes must be better than mine!

    Anyone got a magnifying glass? Us "old folks," you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Your eyes must be better than mine!

    Anyone got a magnifying glass? Us "old folks," you know.
    Hahaha...Sorry. I do have very good glasses.

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    Welcome old&slow, I enjoyed reading your intro - glad you found us.

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    Welcome to the group, O&S.
    Truth is stranger than reality.
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    old and slow

    It is better to watch the grass from the green side, than from the brown side! I am going fighting, screaming, and kicking!

    Rennie

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