Cycling Along The Way...

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Silver City, NM, United States
Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


"Get Jesus would own a gun and vote republican." ~ anonymous

Last week, Eileen and I spent four days in Tucson, AZ, for Thanksgiving.  We stayed at Mon Ami, a very nice B&B, centrally located in Tucson, which is comfortable, quiet, relaxing and Pat Sparks, the owner, is a fabulous chef.  She used to own a French restaurant in Tucson before she started teaching at the University of Arizona and running the B&B.  So, breakfast is a great treat here.  If you're ever in need of a place there, give Pat a call.

So, we met up with Jim and Cheryl Leidich, good friends of ours who just moved to Tucson from Silver City.  We enjoyed going to their house often for dinner and parties when they lived here.  For Thanksgiving, we met up with the Leidichs and went to Maynard's Market & Kitchen for dinner, which is just a short walk from their new home.  The food was excellent and the wine list was also excellent.  We had a great Willamette Pinot Noir and it went down very easy, I assure you.

Whenever we make a trip to Tucson, we hit all the shops where we pick up things that aren't available here in Silver City and hit up a restaurant or two to satisfy our cravings.  Used book stores are also on the list of places to visit while in a big city.  On 4th Avenue, a part of Tucson near the University of Arizona, there are lots of shops, restaurants, book stores, etc., and, in one of the book shops, Antigone Books, I saw this little magnetic sticker with the above quote on it.  Not only is it funny, it's true.  Here are the great re"THUG"licans and teabaggers telling everyone that "entitlements" need to go away, that they're ruining "America", and that God is on their side, unions are bad, no minimum wage, no more separation of church and state and other ridiculous nonsense, while the quote above reminds all of us just how flawed their thinking truly is.  So, while I'm hardly religious, when these people tell you something, just ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?" or, for that matter, what would any other self-respecting human being do?  We are each other's keepers.

In Tucson, the weather was in the 70's and my friend, Barry Spencer, and I managed to get in a ride on Thanksgiving morning and on Friday morning.  Helped to work off some of the calories of Thanksgiving.  I do like riding in Tucson, although the main streets are much busier now than when I lived there in the 1980's.

Time to exit this post.  Just wanted to share the quote.  Hopefully, it'll help clear some things up for some people who have begun to think that the re"THUG"licans and teabaggers are correct.  A tune, "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen.  Enjoy...