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On an extended sailing trip, my son missed his bike

Old 05-27-18, 10:20 AM
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On an extended sailing trip, my son missed his bike

In Guatemala he was able to make a rare phone call. He expressed some homesickness by telling me he missed his bike and riding with me. I somewhat arrogantly label these kinds of phone calls "I love you!" phone calls. They melt me as a parent.

He asked me to think of him while I rode a fast one. Here is what I wrote following the ride.

"Dylan is missing his bike and rides with his dad. From Guatemala, he requested I think of him while riding a fast one. Riding for two, I satisfied the mission.
He must have sea legs, he stayed on my wheel. I only knew he was there when his freewheel sang on the down hills. He was still annoyingly fast up hills. His chatter while climbing out of saddle always reminds me how hard I'm working. We test ourselves at our usual sprint location, staying even until he bests me on the flat.

I rode inspired, maybe some of his 25 year old lungs were loaned to me. He was with me in spirit today, he rode in my draft. Until we ride again mate!"

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As an old sea dog with a good bit of salt water running in my veins, I still like your post.
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I'm sure he can find a bike in Guatemala. But he should ride off road - they aren't the best of drivers.
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I can fully relate here. I was a dive instructor and yacht crewman down that way for a bunch of years. I've hauled more bikes down south than i can recall, and a few of them back up here !! ( I'm sure there are several of my old bikes still being pedaled, and even raced, around Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, etc.!!) The above advice to watch out of local drivers was spot on (don't get me started !!)
I've had bikes with me on a couple boats, but unfortunately, a sail boat doesn't have a lot of extra room (I've known "blow-boaters" to like those rinky little folding bikes, for light sightseeing and grocery runs in port).
My best advice is to tell him to suck it up, and to keep in mind that for the rest of his life, while he's out bicycling, he'll be reminiscing about his time sailing the Caribbean !!!
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I'm sure he can find a bike in Guatemala. But he should ride off road - they aren't the best of drivers.
Or the best of roads, for that matter.
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How big of a boat is he on?

I was surprised when the tall ships pulled into town last year, nearly every boat had crew bikes locked up out front. Nothing too fancy, but serviceable bikes for them to take on a ride or go into town.
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