There are bike rides that are well-presented, and there are bike rides that take place in locations of immense beauty. For the 12th year, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine served up a super winner with both … and perfect weather and a classic lobster roll lunch to boot. It took place on July 21st, with rides heading both north and south from Rockland (and some comprising both routes). Definitely a class act, and one that serves to stimulate interest in the upcoming ride of the season: the inaugural BikeMaine tour in September. Check it out.
Imagine meeting up with hundreds of festively dressed folks at twilight on a summer evening, and dancing your way through the streets of a major city’s downtown. Accompanied, of course, by a flatbed truck complete with a DJ, speaker system, and a dance leader who looks a lot like Elvis. And then follow up with a dance party in a major city square. This pretty much encapsulates the setting for the first-ever dance mile, held in Portland, Maine on July 13, 2013.
So much for the setting …. it was the vibe – pervasive, positive, and overwhelming – that made it a momentous experience. Follow them at: http://thedancemile.com.
A few days ago, we had the distinct pleasure of riding with the team from Our Ability, accompanying Messrs John Robinson and Doug Hamlin as they powered their bikes along the route of the Erie Canal — more than 350 miles from near Buffalo to Albany. What makes this so special (and hugely inspiring) is that John has no lower arms or legs, and Doug has lost the use of his legs. What an amazing tribute to the power of the bicycle and the human spirit.
Photos were prepared in cooperation with the New York Bicycling Coalition.