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Old 07-20-08, 11:58 AM
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Xtracycle makes Georgia a small world.

Each weekend I like to explore some new road in my bicycle. Today I aimed for Sandy Creek park, a few miles north of Athens, GA, where I now live. It wasn't far to go, but I was unsure of the roads, and that's what would make the trip an adventure.

I went part of the way along a path next to the North Oconee River. The path brought me past the Sandy Creek Nature Center, which I paused to investigate. When I returning to the path, I saw an elderly couple that I had passed a few minutes before. The man was looking at me curiously, and he waved me over.

"You got a motor on that thing?" he asked as he scrutinized my Xtracycle rig.

"No motor," I explained, "just me."

He went on to talk about how his son had a bicycle that looked a lot like mine, with the frame extended. His son's bicycle had a motor, and he hauled all kinds of things with it. The man told me his son's name was Allen, and he knew a lot of people at the bike shops in Watkinsville. Did I know him?

I'm new to this area, and I had been to Watkinsville only on my way to someplace else. It seemed impossible that I would know this man's son. But I had recently noted that a fellow bikeforums member lived in Monroe, not far from Athens. This person had a lot of first-hand knowledge Xtracycle cargo bicycling. So I entertained the possibility of a coincidence.

"Your son's name is Allen? Is he from Monroe?" I asked.

"Monroe, Georgia. That's where we live."

I thought for a moment more, looking for something more definitive.

"Did he make a bicycle frame out of bamboo?"

The man smiled. "Yes he did. And one day he went down on a gravel path and the thing just came apart." He laughed. He seemed to think this was thigh-slappingly funny.

"I haven't met your son," I said, "but I know him from an internet discussion group."

"Oh yeah. He's always on that computer." He made the head-down-typing-away-at-the-keyboard gesture.

We conversed some more about bicycles, and he ended up giving me his card and inviting me to keep in touch.

How's that for internet/xtracycle/small town georgia serendipity?
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The man smiled. "Yes he did. And one day he went down on a gravel path and the thing just came apart." He laughed. He seemed to think this was thigh-slappingly funny.
No doubt there, that was my father.
Just a bit hard to impress, but I couldn't have a more giving one.

If you find yourself in Monroe, get in touch, either one of us will cover lunch.






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No doubt there, that was my father.
Just a bit hard to impress, but I couldn't have a more giving one.

If you find yourself in Monroe, get in touch, either one of us will cover lunch.
Will do. He seemed quite sincere in his offer to be in touch. Being from the big city, I'm not used to that sort of thing.

I also wouldn't mind the chance to see a Nu Vinci hub in person.
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What a great story!
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That's awesome. Your dad seems like a nice fellow, as is his son.
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Awesome parents, FTW
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Hehe! Allen's dad is cute. So that's where he gets it from.
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Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
No doubt there, that was my father.
Just a bit hard to impress, but I couldn't have a more giving one.

If you find yourself in Monroe, get in touch, either one of us will cover lunch.



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Ok I will add to this. I think I installed a Cell phone for your dad about 15 years ago LOL. It was probably a Audiovox BC45.
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Cool! I grew up in Watkinsville. Nice to see some folks in that area :-D Been thinking about dropping by in the fall and ride some of the Oconee roads we used to live on. As a kid I would watch with great admiration the roadies training for the athens twilight criterium. I wanted to be one!
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