This site is a collection of stories by contributors (centered around six “fast friends” who love to ride their bikes) about how they changed their lives by getting more active and doing things they never dreamed of. These six men from Powell River, BC are riding their bikes from Powell River, all the way South to San Diego.
(The guys, from l to r: Fred Werner, Al Craigen, Don Tataryn, PJ Behan, Doug Peel and Real Segouin)
Okay, so how about a little background: I’ll let my Dad tell the whole story later, but for now I’ll give you the “Reader’s Digest” version. My Dad is a really personable guy. Tells a good story, and is well liked. He’s always been in pretty good shape for a guy his age, but he’s also asthmatic; known athletically for short bursts of speed followed by shortness of breath.
Anyway, one day an acquaintance of his (Al Craigen, another character in this story of ours) asked him if he’d like to go on a bike ride to benefit the BC Lung Association. After very little thought, he agreed. So here are two men, in their fifties, pledging to ride 200 km over two days, with a little less than six months to train.
Well, they did it. And have continued to do “The Trek” for the past six years. But they didn’t stop there. As I write this, they are pedalling down the Oregon Coast, on a 30-day trip from Powell River, BC, Canada, all the way to San Diego, California, USA. 30 days. They have a support van, but no solid laundry plan. In his wisdom, my esteemed father decided that laundering his underwear during this trip would be too much trouble, and that “going commando” was the preferred method. So the clever title of this new blog came from his imagination, not mine.
Indeed, the story gets better. Not only did my father and several of his friends improve their fitness, health, and quality of life (at a time in their life when they are stereotypically expected to be buying convertibles, etc.) but they have also pledged to write a book about their adventures. When you meet these guys (upon their return from the epic adventure of their lifetimes) you’ll begin to understand that even though they are the last people you’d ever expect to author their own book, they are exactly the kind of guys who should.
That’s where I come in. My Dad came to me with the idea of writing a book about their adventure, and I agreed to help. So if you’re still reading this, THAT is the very point of this blog. The stories that have my Father and all of his friends in stitches each morning as they pedal their bikes together, week-in and week-out before work, and the stories that come of their latest adventure, will be the same stories that in time will become a published book. In the meantime though, it is a blog.
To get things rolling, I’d love to hear from anyone who knows these “road warriors,” and has any words of encouragement. Or, if you’ve experienced a similar paradigm shift in your middle age, and you want to share a tale, then by all means, submit it. The easiest way to contribute here is to comment on each post, in the little link below that says comments. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for all submissions, photos, and other contributions to this project.
Oh yeah, one more thing. 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Canadian Lung Association. It has been the charity of choice for these five heroes, and considering my Dad’s lifelong battle with asthma, it seems very fitting, at least to me. If you are feeling all gooey from this story, please feel free to click through to their site and donate.