The best part of bike touring is hanging out. Stopping and spending time. Taking in the scenery. Breathing and enjoying the current moment. Having a couple beers with strangers.
When I lived in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (2007-2010) there was a tiny bike cooperative - The Bike Project. A crew of regular volunteers and members seemed to be there all the time - hanging out. I'm headed off on this tangent, because I think BiCi Co. will be that destination and connection for our community. Beyond the nuts and bolts and bike safety training, BiCi Co. will be a welcoming social space. Conversation may involve bikes but will often veer into politics and the local bands playing this weekend. The crew will be diverse and reflect both cycling die hards, Park Street neighborhood residents, and the downtown employee recreational cyclists.
|My camp spots have been stellar this trip. On the bank of Black Creek.|
Note - The Bike Project grew from a small room to two large locations with paid staff in three short years. Urbana, Illinois is now a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community.
|This construction company fence makes me pine for Anne Cubberly's creations.|
|I tasted ALL of those honey wines. And left with two bottles.|
|In Salmanaca, NY. This shrine was amazing and confusing. The whole front yard.|
|One of the prettier swamps.|
|This fellow galloped up to meet me. Expectant.|