In late summer, I presented a program at the bimonthly meeting of the Vancouver Bicycle Club. The title for my talk was “Open Road Cycling for People Past Seventy.” My intention was to encourage club members, especially those in their fifties and older, by insisting that most of them could continue aggressive cycling well into their later decades.
I based my presentation upon my own open road bike trips during the dozen years since I crossed over the biblical boundary line of “three score years and ten.” Two aspects of the evening stood out.
First, their willingness to listen was directly related to the fact that I was already past seventy and thus was offering experience-based testimony and counsel. Second, they were encouraged by the prospect that while they would gradually diminish in their performance capabilities they could anticipate many more good cycling years.
In preparing for the evening, I jotted down a lot more ideas than could be discussed in half an hour or forty five minutes. I gave club members copies of the full list but talked about only three or four of them.
When I finish my current book—which is in the field of religious history—I would like to do a bicycling book, and these notes might be the launching pad for that project. The first step is to project these notes into the cloud for whatever good they might do. The next step would be to develop a précis for each chapter in order to organize my thoughts and serve as the starting point for the fuller treatment that the book would require.
In the process two things could happen: The bike book project might take on real life and pull me forward to do the manuscript in the next year or so. Or, the project might turn out to be like a bike tire with a slow leak that soon leaves me at the side of the road with no way to finish the book.
For now, however, the nearly finished book—An American Church That Might Have Been—is taking all of my time and energy. You are welcome to the notes about the bike book in the back of my mind. I’d love to hear from you. Tell me about your experiences and the counsel you would offer to old timers who still want to ride hard all day long. Read more . . . Open Road Cycling