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Zen and the Art of Cycling Together

Zen and the Art of Cycling Together

A quick story about my family.

Zen & the art of cycling together!

I used to cycle a lot. I rode across the USA, did triathlons, century rides, rode from Scranton to Buffalo, NY to visit a friend, always took my two young sons out for bike rides.

That was back in the 80s and 90s. And then I drifted away from cycling. I ran more, lifted weights, dabbled in cross-fit, ruck marched. I still stayed in shape but did very little cycling. Then about four years ago I took on an assignment with the Army in Europe.

My wife Berti and I were stationed in Germany. There were almost more bike trails than there were beer gardens, and that is to say, there were miles and miles of bikes trails.

So, I bought a KTM, a well-made Austrian commuting bike. Berti rode a hybrid bicycle and we were out on our bicycles again.

I arrived back in the States in the spring of 2019 and this past year I wrote a book about the summer of 1983 when Berti and I rode across the U.S. with our 15-month-old toddler.

The name of the book is “The Ride of Our Lives.”

Reliving that amazing journey through the pages I wrote rekindled my fondness of cycling, even more. Now, I ride a gravel bike and Berti rides an eBike, which allows her to keep up with me and still get exercise.

Happy to say, we’re having a great time in the outdoors together again.

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