In spring 2006, Laurie persuaded me to replace my perfectly good, 1979 Fuji 12-speed with recent technology. When I came home with a new Cannondale hybrid, I exclaimed, “I’m going to ride across the country before I’m 50.” Didn’t, but the following summer, when I rode up Going to the Sun, my life was altered.
We have many identities. Mine include father, husband, brother, Democrat. I’ve ridden a bike since age 5, when my dad took me out on Christmas Day and worked with me till I could jump on one pedal, swing my other leg over the saddle, and ride away without falling. But the trip to Glacier National Park consummated a passion for looking at the world, and meditating on my place in it, at 15 mph.