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  • TROY'S COLUMN: ‘Adventure’ is not in my vocabulary

  • I was talking about Jan and Peggy's bike trip with my better half and second oldest progeny Monday night and said if I were to plan a bike ride across this nation it would be inside of a bus – perhaps one I have had retrofitted to use as a camper.
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  • Recently I had the privilege of talking to Jan Erickson and her sister-in-law Peggy Rabe who are in the middle of a bike ride across America.
    The assumption most people have is when one opts to make a 3,000 mile trek there is a pretty good reason – a cause they’re raising funds to support.
    If I were to bike across the U.S. there would have to be more of a reason behind it than what Jan and Peggy told me.
    While they are certainly promoting the active senior life, the more I talked to them the more I got the impression they are doing this just to prove they can.
    While not “Forrest Gump’s” “I just felt like running,” the ride across America being taken by this pair of cycling enthusiasts is purely an adventure.
    That, more than anything, is what puts me on the shoulder of the road cheering on others as they make the headlines.
    I am not adventurous. There is not a risk-taking bone in my body.
    If there isn’t a good reason for me to do something, one can count on the fact I am not going to be doing it.
    I was talking about the trip with my better half and second oldest progeny Monday night and said if I were to plan a ride across this nation it would be inside of a bus – perhaps one I have had retrofitted to use as a camper.
    To give others the impression I was biking, I could take photos similar to the ones Jan and Peggy sent me. My plan would include hauling the bike from state to state, and just as I would arrive in each state, I could get out and set up the bike in front of that state sign for a photo – all the while blogging about my “trip.”
    I even thought I could get a video camera and record myself riding into each new area from about a mile away.
    Okay, you are right.
    It would probably have to be more like a quarter or half mile.
    I have a tremendous amount of respect for people like Jan and Peggy, as well as Peggy’s husband and Jan’s brother, Adolph (who is filling in the support role).
    This is a big deal, and for someone to do it after they have reached retirement age is a testimony to a life already well lived.
    I am looking forward to talking with them once they arrive in Florida. I know it isn’t in the budget, but it would be fun to meet them there camera in hand as they reached the Atlantic Ocean.
    Page 2 of 2 - Of course, I would only arrive via motorized transportation.
    I want to encourage those of you who have kids to go to the RACC Saturday morning for the easter egg hunt. This event is a lot of fun for the whole family.
    The Krause family is not going to be there this year, though, because we are going to be taking part in the Milroy Lions Club hunt that morning.
    Speaking of adventurous, the last I heard this event, which is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. (if you hurry you could probably get to both), is going to be held outside in the snow.
    I’m thinking if they really want to challenge the kids they should use real eggs instead of those brightly colored plastic ones.
    Watching kids search for white eggs in a white setting would definitely be entertaining.
    If you see or hear of anyone out planting potatoes tomorrow I would love to know about it.
    It is time to start thinking about those gardens, but I think Good Friday may be just a tad too soon to start this year. Then again, it is a time honored tradition. So, I am sure someone, somewhere is going to be trying it.
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